Here’s what you need
- Backpack, sized 45-70 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
- Swim suit
- Trekking Poles
- Hiking boots with sturdy soles
- Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
- Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
- Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking, like running tights)
- Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
- Hiking pants
- Warm mid layers (fleece, puffy)
- Waterproof, windproof shell
- Light gloves
- Heavy pair of gloves or mittens
- Warm hat
- Balaclava or buff
- Casual clothes for base camp
- Round Trip Transportation from Jackson
- Licensed and medically trained guide team
- Meals as outlined in itinerary
- Group equipment
- Park permits and fees
- Airfare to Jackson
- Personal gear and equipment
- Meals not outlined in itinerary
- Gratuity for guides
You may arrive at Jackson Hole International Airport (JAC) anytime on day one of the itinerary. Your Discover Outdoors guide will pick you up to transport you to your hotel. Departure can be anytime on the final day.
Your hotel for the launch of the trip will be conveniently located in downtown Jackson where you can walk and explore the historic cowboy town. On the trail, you'll sleep in a backpacking tent which you will carry with you.
The high mountain areas have extremely variable weather. The evenings can cool down into the 40's and the days can warm up substantially into the 70's and 80's. Strong winds, rain, even summer snow showers may be encountered.
This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a high level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills, 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. For three days a week, focus on an hour or more of aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. Gym equipment such as stairmasters and rowing machines can supplement cardiovascular training. Day hikes or other longer endeavors will help you prepare for the endurance required for a backpacking trip. Carrying a 20 to 30 pound pack uphill on trails or stadium steps will simulate the real climb better than anything. Lifting moderate weights to increase core body, leg, and arm strength is also a good idea. Focus on quads and hamstrings—legs need strength and endurance. Being generally fit and having some solid stamina for long days is the overall goal.
Upon registration, a member of the DO team will consult on your experience and fitness and recommend a regimen for training.
This is the perfect trip for experienced hikers looking for a challenging backcountry experience. We recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate to high level of fitness and basic outdoor skills. Previous backpacking experience is helpful but is not required. Those will a base level of fitness are encouraged to train for about three months prior to the trip.