Mt. Adams 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)