What to Bring
Your footwear will be the most important item you pack for this snowshoe tour. The best option is a good fitting (snug, but with room for warm socks), winter hiking boot with good tread. Other waterproof, insulated hiking boots will also work. A low-cut hiking shoe is not a good option, nor is non-waterproof hiking footwear. Essential with the boot is warm, wool, or synthetic hiking socks and gaiters. Gaiters are the only thing that will keep the snow from getting inside your boot. We can provide gaiters if you request them ahead of time.
Nother essential item for snowshoe trips is a way to stay hydrated. Water bladders with a hose are not the best solution for wintertime activities as the water can freeze in the hose rendering them unusable. If you have an insulated cover for the hose that could work, although you still need to sip frequently to prevent the water from freezing. A better option is insulated water bottles in your pack, or light weight thermoses. 48 oz capacity should be sufficient for this trip.
Clothing recommendations – layers are key for this trip. On a bright sunny day, walking uphill, you may be comfortable in lightweight tights and a single capilene shirt. If the clouds and wind roll in and you are going downhill you will want 4 or 5 layers on.
- Wool or synthetic warm socks – but not so thick they make your boots tight
- Tights or synthetic long underwear
- An insulating layer like fleece pants (avoid cotton), with a zipper is best to go on over your boots
- A wind proof layer – wind pants or Goretex shells (snow pants can work, but separate insulating and wind/snow proof layers are better).
- wicking bottom layer like capilene or silk
- lightweight fleece or wool sweater or heavy weight capilene
- fleece or down insulating layer
- if you get cold easily add a down or fleece vest to keep the core warm
- waterproof outer layer with hood – breathable Goretex is best – make sure it fits over the other layers
- Mittens – Layers for hands are good also – a liner glove with and outer mitten and a shell is best
- Hat options – light hat with a hood from your jacket can work, include a scarf or balaclava, earband is great for warm days, hat with a brim and ear flaps also a great choice
- Sunglasses essential!, Goggles if you have them *sunscreen (spf 15 or greater) and lip protection
- leisure clothing, including shoes/boots for evenings (informal, casual, comfortable is the rule)
- camera, binoculars
- moleskin and mini personal first aid kit
- daypack big enough for your warm clothing when you are not wearing them
- walking or ski poles with baskets – if you do not have them, we will provide
- swim suit (hot tub available on Colorado tours)