Gear List

Here is the gear we recommend you bring to climb Mt. Adams. It does not include clothing or items for your time in Portland.


  • Synthetic base layer (long underwear)

  • Mid layer (top and bottom) - Fleece, wool, or synthetic down jacket, and synthetic sweat pants or heavy-weight warming layer

  • Outer layer (waterproof) - Hiking pants and Goretex Jacket

  • Socks (3 pair) - Wool or synthetic

  • Hat / beanie (wool or synthetic; optional: thin one for day, and thick one for night)

  • Balaclava (a.k.a. “face gaiter,”) - Used for very windy/cold days/nights

  • Gloves (two pair) - One thin pair for daytime hiking, and a thicker pair for night

  • Optional Overmits (for heavy winter weather)

  • Sun hat or baseball cap

  • Waterproof winter hiking boots -- You do not need a serious mountaineering boot for this trip, but proper hiking boots are necessary. You will be more comfortable if the boot has at least a half shank and is crampon compatible. No ankle height boots, rain boots, or “out and about” boots. You can rent proper boots in Portland, if needed.

  • Camp shoes -- You will want a warm comfy shoe for camp. Need a waterproof sole, and must be able to keep you warm at night.


  • Sleeping pad

  • Zero degree sleeping bag

  • Backpack (55 liters)

  • Pack cover

  • 2 wide mouth Nalgene bottles (or 2 liter equivalent).

  • Bowl

  • Cup

  • Spoon or spork

  • Pocket knife (small)

  • Headlamp with extra batteries

  • Sunglasses / goggles (no Gucci shades)

  • Lighter

personal Items

  • Toilet paper

  • Toothbrush / toothpaste

  • Sunscreen

  • Chapstick

  • Personal first aid kit (band aids, mole skin, medication)

  • Small personal towel

  • Wet wipes

  • Extra snacks for yourself

  • Solar charger/ battery charger (optional)

  • Camera (optional)