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14ers Day Climb (Summer) Gear Checklist

The 14ers of Colorado cover a broad spectrum of peaks, technicalities, and difficulties. We would strongly recommend taking climbing equipment when climbing in the Elk Mountains. If you are not comfortable with any aspect of climbing a 14er, consider hiring a guiding service.

A gear list for climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners (14ers) as a day trip during summer:

[ ] 2000-3000 cu in pack
[ ] 2-3 Liters of Water (Water Bottles/Hydration Bladder for Pack)
[ ] Technical Tee Shirt (Wool or Synthetic)
[ ] Shorts or Pants (Softshell/nylon/synthetic preferred)
[ ] 1-2 Lightweight Insulating Tops (Wool/Fleece)
[ ] Thin Long Sleeve Baselayer Top (wool/synthetic)
[ ] Rain Jacket (waterproof breathable material preferred)
[ ] Rain Pants (waterproof breathable material preferred)
[ ] Sun Hat / UV Buff
[ ] Warm Hat (Wool/Fleece)
[ ] Lightweight Gloves (Fleece/wool/Nordic)
[ ] 2 Pairs Socks (Wool/Synthetic)
[ ] Hiking Boots or Sturdy Hiking Shoes
[ ] Sunglasses
[ ] Headlamp
[ ] Toilet Kit (lighter/trowel/zip lock bag-or wagbag)
[ ] Sunscreen
[ ] Lip Balm
[ ] First Aid Kit (steri strips/4x4s/white tape/triangular bandage w safety pin/ ace bandage at minimum / super glue) – One per group.
[ ] Moleskin or Duct Tape
[ ] Knife or Multi-tool
[ ] Matches/Firestarter
[ ] Food/Energy Bars
[ ] Maps / Directions to Trailhead

Optional (depending on route, length of trip, personal preferences)
[ ] Camera
[ ] Thin Baselayer Bottoms (Wool/Synthetic)
[ ] Hiking Poles
[ ] Water Purification or Filtration
[ ] Climbing Equipment (Rope, Ice Axe, Crampons, Protection, Harness, Rescue Gear)
[ ] GPS
[ ] Compass
[ ] Lightweight stove or pot

[ ] Adventure Medical Kit Bivy Bag
[ ] Personal Locator Garmin InReach or Spot

[ ] Bear resident canister

 

These are only suggestions and reminders. Modify as necessary with regard to the needs of your trip.

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To download this guide in PDF format, please click here: 14er Day Hike Summer Gear List

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