July 10, 2012

Longs Peak Prep - Gear List

From the Top of Longs Peak
Here is a list of recommended gear to include on your person for the hike.  If there is anything that I missed let me know.

Gear List:

Longs Peak Narrows from Near

  • lots of water - 4 liters to be safe, no flowing water on the trail, its good to have a little extra, we might be able to stash water on the trail for the way down
  • food - at least 4,000 calories worth, its good to have a little extra; food that stores well: energy bars, candy, sandwhich, etc.

Clothing/Body Protection

  • jacket/extra clothing - wear layers as the temp changes drastically and the wind most likely will be chilling (recommend three layers: jacket long sleeve shirt, t-shirt)
  • extra pair of socks (or two) the snow melt will mean that the trail could be muddy (having dry socks is a huge bonus)
  • gloves
  • hat 
  • sunglasses
  • rain gear
Longs Peak Narrows from Far


  • backpack to carry extra water, food, clothing, accessories
  • sunscreen
  • headlamp or flashlight, i have three head lamps, I can loan out two
  • TP - very important, i will have enough for everybody
  • basic first aid kit
  • crampons are recommended to have in your pack, I will call Ranger Station prior to hiking to see if this is necessary
  • map (i will have)
  • whistle
  • phone (there is service at the top)
  • camera
  • hiking sticks (takes weight off your knees and ankles)
  • aspirin
  • can of Mountain Dew