- Ample snacks
- A lunch or snack resupply packed in a paper bag and labeled for resupply point
- Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
- A backpack or hydration pack.
- Weather-appropriate clothing.
- Headlamp (required)
- Recommended: A change of clothes and shoes for the ride home
- Layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Hiking boots or sturdy trail runners with lightweight wool socks
- Expert guides
- Support crew
- Resupply water and snacks
- Park permits
STRENUOUS — ADVANCED OR VERY FIT TRAVELERS
If you yearn to touch the sky and think the rewards outweigh the risks and extreme conditions, a Level 9 trip is what you’re looking for. Over the course of multiple days you will be called upon to prove you belong among the best. Only inner fortitude and perseverance will get you and your team to the top and back safely.
You should be ready for at least ten hours a day of pain, challenge, and constant small victories. Prepare for this by racing in triathlons, training for a marathon and keeping up your hiking skills.
You should expect to be hiking twelve to twenty-five miles per day.
On Level 9 trips you will be trekking in remote mountains with exposed terrain and loose features.
There could be elevation change of 10,000+ feet per day with some altitude travel likely.
Up to 17,000 feet.