Equipment List

The following lists are guidelines, which should give you an idea of what to bring on your next Ryder Walker Alpine Adventure. We do recommend to “break-in” all essential equipment, especially boots and backpacks!

The Daily essentials

  • Backpack with hydration system (Be sure this is of adequate size to fit the listed items as well as a picnic lunch or
    other items.)
  • Rain cover for backpack (or waterproof drysacks for pack interior)
  • Hiking Boots: well broken in, made of breathable and waterproof material
  • Rain Jacket: Light, preferably made of Gore-Tex but definitely waterproof and breathable material
  • Rain Pants: waterproof, breathable, preferably with zippers on the side for maximum ventilation
  • Insulating Layer: synthetic fleece, wool or thin-down
  • Base Layer, lightweight top and bottom
  • Hiking Pants: synthetic, lightweight, zipoff legs, capris
  • Hiking Shorts: lightweight, synthetic
  • Long-sleeve Shirt: quick drying, synthetic, wool
  • T-Shirts for hiking: quick drying, synthetic is the best choice
  • Hiking socks
  • Underwear
  • Winter Hat (synthetic or wool for mountain hiking-even in summer)
  • Sun Hat (ball cap or wide brim)
  • Gloves: please take gloves made of materials that shield wind and are water-resistant
  • Collapsible Trekking Poles
  • Hydration System: we advise to bring either 2 quart BPA-free bottles or the equivalent size hydration pack
  • Sunscreen / Sunblock (SPF 50)
  • Small Umbrella: every guide packs one

Optional trail accessories

  • Camera / Smart Phone / iPad or Tablet
  • Chargers
  • Altimeter, GPS, and Compass for independent travelers
  • Pocket Knife
  • Swimsuit
  • Gaiters
  • Maps

Hut night essentials

  • Headlamp
  • Earplugs
  • Small, lightweight travel towel
  • Slippers or flip/flops although many huts supply slippers
  • Travel Sheet: preferable made out of silk, with a built-in pillowcase
  • Essential toiletries: small soap bar, toothbrush, moisturizer and sunscreen

First Aid Kit essentials

  • Band Aids and sterile pads for minor cuts and sores
  • Antihistamines
  • Blister Kit: “Compeed” Blister Plasters in size medium and Moleskin
  • ACE Bandage
  • Sterile Wipes and to clean minor wounds
  • Small size bottle of Iodine or Hydrogen Peroxide to sterilize minor cuts and wounds
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Pain relievers, aspirin and Ibuprofen tablets
  • Charcoal Tablets for upset stomachs
  • Medication against travel sickness
  • Pocketknife or Scissors
  • Tweezers/safety pins/nail clippers