Please note there is a three participant minimum required for each trip to run. Do not make any travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from Rare Earth Adventures.
Troutdale is about a 30-minute drive from Portland, Oregon. Flights into Portland International Airport (PDX) are available from several major airlines.
Rare Earth Adventures uses high quality Marmot and MSR tents. You can carry your own tent if you wish to sleep alone, otherwise, you'll be sharing a tent with 1-2 other climbers. There are no extra charges for solo travelers.
This is not an easy climb; it is recommended that you are in good physical condition and are able to hike for a couple of consistent days without a problem.
Each group has a maximum of eight participants and a minimum of three for the trip to run.
Rare Earth Adventures will provide lightweight, freeze-dried mountaineering meals for breakfast and dinner. Bringing additional snacks is highly recommended. For snacks, REA suggests items with high protein such as power bars, beef jerky, energy goos, etc.
You'll want a warm layering system, including long johns, mid layer fleece/wool sweater/pants, and a waterproof and breathable outer layer/shell (no cotton!). If you get cold easily you may also want an extra mid-layer for nighttime. A detailed packing list will be emailed upon booking, however see below for a recommended list:
2-3 pairs of underwear
3 pairs medium weight wool hiking socks
Base layer/long johns, top and bottoms, synthetic or wool (need to be tight fitting to wick moisture effectively)
Full-length hiking pants
Short sleeve shirt
Long sleeve shirt
Mid layer bottoms (think warm - synthetic fleece sweatpants are the best option)
Mid layer top (think warm - thick/puffy down or synthetic jacket or heavy fleece jacket)
Outer shell/rain layer, top and bottoms - must be waterproof! (Gore-Tex is best, do not bring a plastic, non-breathable outer layer)
Thin liner gloves
Balaclava/bandana to cover face
Boots - must be waterproof (mountaineering boots are not necessary, but they should have a sole without a lot of flex to accommodate a heavy load and snowshoes; ankle support is also a must)
Camp shoes (down booties are fine as long as the bottoms are waterproof; lightweight tennis shoes work great as well)
Liner socks (these are usually made of silk or synthetic material and go under your hiking socks to help prevent blisters)
Backpack 60+ liters (smaller packs will not work)
Sleeping bag with 0 degree F rating (down or synthetic fill)
Inflatable insulated sleeping pad
Small camp pillow
Small pocket knife
Headlamp + extra batteries
Bowl, cup, and spork
Two Nalgene water bottles, 1-liter each (please stick with the wide mouth version, it works best for this situation)
Special snacks you may want
Sunglasses (form fitting with no large gaps)
Travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste
Camp towel, small
Wet wipes (5-10 in Ziplock bag)
Contact lens items (if needed and spare pair if possible)
Rare Earth Adventures has some items for rent, and many other resources within their reach, so please let them know if you have any gear needs or questions!
Every effort will be made to make the trip run, however, if severe weather affects the safety of participants, the trip may be rescheduled.
You many want extra money for snacks and coffee on the van ride to and from the trailhead. You may also wish to bring cash as a gratuity for your guides' professionalism and care.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend World Nomads as a provider.
We recommend you visit the local government websites where you plan to travel and review the required documentation for entry, current restrictions, and general recommendations for travel within the area. We encourage you to also visit your home country's embassy website if you are traveling to a foreign country. Requirements can change rapidly. Please be sure you stay abreast of the requirements and restrictions for anywhere you plan to visit. You can also enroll in the U.S. government’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and you will be sent updates if the situation in your destination changes. You can find the program link at https://step.state.gov/.
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