Here’s what you need
- Backpack, sized 55-70 L
- Backpacking Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
- Sleeping Bag, rated 20 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
- Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
- Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
- Mug, bowl, and utensil
- Small towel or facecloth
- Sleeping bag liner
- Hiking boots
- Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
- Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
- Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking)
- Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
- Hiking pants or shorts (at least one pair should be long pants)
- Insulating mid layers (fleece jacket or vest, down jacket)
- Waterproof, windproof shell
- Light gloves
- Warm hat
- Balaclava or buff
- Casual clothes for camp
- Round Trip Transportation from Las Vegas
- Licensed and medically trained guide team
- Meals as outlined in itinerary
- Group equipment
- Park permits and fees
- Personal gear and equipment
- Meals not outlined in itinerary
- Gratuity for guides
This trip departs from Las Vegas. If you are not arriving into Las Vegas in advance or staying past the duration of the trip, your flight should arrive no later 9 AM on day one of the itinerary and depart no earlier than 4 PM on the final day.
Be prepared for wild temperature swings in the desert. 80º during the day with a frost at night is normal for the spring. Early summer shifts those temps up 10 degrees with nights in the low 40s. Rain is uncommon.
This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes with a weighted backpack. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience and the views along the trail.
Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. Additional training advice is available to registrants.