See the list of current leaders, here.

  1. Knowledge of prevention, recognition, and treatment of hypothermia and frostbite.
  2. Working knowledge of all equipment used in this activity (see below).
  3. Ability to plan and organize multiple day/night trips into the backcountry (itinerary, meals etc.).
  4. Knowledge/recognition of own limitations as well as the limitations of others.
  5. Knowledge of or willingness to abide by the rules and regulations of the recreational areas being used.
  6. Knowledge of “Leave No Trace” ethics and minimum/low impact practices.
  7. Ability to effectively communicate the above information to others.
  8. Must show concern for others and ability to organize large groups.
  9. Ability to appropriately compensate participants for gas (drivers) and/or food.

Essential group equipment that leaders must bring on trips:

  1. Stove(s)
  2. Fuel and fuel bottle(s)
  3. Pots/pans etc.
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Water Filter or Water Purifier, and Iodine tablets
  6. Tent(s)
  7. Map(s)/Guidebook(s)

Essential personal equipment that individuals must bring on backpacking trips:

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Mattress Pad
  3. Backpack
  4. Seasonal Equipment:


Ice Axe

Crampons (walking)


  1. Proper Clothing:NO COTTON!

Thermal Underwear: made of polypropylene (polypro), polyester, nylon, wool, silk, etc.

Insulating Layers: fleece, wool, down (only insulates when dry), etc.

Windproof/Waterproof Layers: typically nylon fabrics

Gloves/Mittens, Hats, Boots, Socks, etc.

  1. Flashlight
  2. Eating vessels/utensils
  3. Water Bottles: able to hold two liters

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