Hikes and Hot Springs Tour
The following equipment list covers the activities for the ATAC Hikes and Hot Springs Tour: mountain biking, fly fishing, white water rafting, hot spring lounging and hiking. Keep in mind that your clothes will most likely get dirty, but know that if they didn't, it couldn't possibly be a good trip.
· White water river rafting / canyoning clothing - farmer john wetsuit, harness, spray jacket and life jacket, helmet and all rafting equipment.
· All volcano climbing equipment - small pack, plastic mountaineering boots with crampons, ice axe, and gaiters.
· Fly-fishing gear and boats. Mountain bikes with helmets.
· Eating utensils - knife, fork, spoon, plate.
· Community emergency first aid kit - our kit is thorough including Epi-Pens, ibuprofen, athletic tape, etc.
· Shoes - you will need shoes for hiking and white water rafting as well as for bicycling. We recommend bringing two pairs. One pair for hiking and around town, and a pair of sandals like Tevas or Chacos. Check out ‘Footwear tips’ below.
· Rain gear - avoid ponchos and plastic. Look for sealed seams and fitted wrist and leg cuffs. Rain gear is used for protection from wind and rain showers. One rain jacket is essential; rain pants are important for around camp, while on the bicycle or hiking.
· Long underwear – one or two (shirts and pants) sets of polypropylene, capilene or fleece to keep you warm when wet.
· Fleece sweaters – one or two mid-weight capilene layers to wear while cycling, under your paddling top while white water rafting, or while hiking. Another sweater for camp.
· Socks – at least two pairs of thin to mid-weight socks for cycling, two pairs of thick wool or synthetic blend socks for camp and hiking. Polypropylene or wool worn with recreational sandals protect your feet and keep them warm while white water rafting. Some people prefer an additional thin polypropylene layer under thicker socks while hiking. We recommend against cotton socks because they don’t dry out quickly and can be damp the following day.
· Warm hat – one or two made of either fleece or wool. It is best to have something that fits comfortably under your bike helmet.
· Shorts - loose, nylon or fast drying material (i.e. synthetics- NOT COTTON) that allows freedom of movement and does not chafe.
· Bathing suit - to swim in, lounge in hot springs and to wear underneath the wetsuit while rafting.
· Oversized, loose, soft clothing - we recommend nylon pants and shirts for hiking and camp. They are quick drying, lightweight and pack small.
· Hat or baseball cap - baseball caps conveniently fit under the helmet used for rafting.
· Sunglasses - with retainer to prevent from losing them in the rapids while white water rafting. Glasses rated for 100% UV protection and neutral shades are recommended.
· Sleeping bag - rated to at least freezing temperatures with either synthetic or down insulation. Though it most likely won't snow, it can freeze at night. We recommend bringing one if you would like to camp any of the nights. Sleeping pad - a 'thermarest' or lightweight thin foam. Again, there are options some of the nights to sleep outside…
· Tent – though we have our own tents, you may choose to bring your own. In this case, be sure that it is good for at least a heavy rain and some wind, i.e. a 3 season tent. This is only necessary if you intend to camp.
· Towel - small pack towel for washing.
· Day pack or fanny pack - for use while hiking if needed. Camelbaks double for packs.
· Headlamp or flashlight - we recommend the smaller LED styles.
· Eyeglasses or contact lenses - lens cleaner for contacts and an extra pair of prescription glasses are recommended.
· Ziploc bags - for convenient storage.
· Biodegradable soap and shampoo - small containers are recommended. Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, and other personal items.
· Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm - SPF 15 or higher.
· Medications - a double prescription is recommended; one to be given to the trip leader for safe keeping. Diabetics should bring a glucose monitoring kit. If you have allergies, bring your own allergy medicine.
· Epi-Pen or Ana-Kit - Individuals at risk for severe allergic reactions to insect bites or food must bring at least one. Though we carry these items, we encourage a backup.
Book, journal, and pen.
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Valuables: Leave them at home! We recommend that you put essential items (wallet, credit cards, traveler's checks, passport) in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs) and store them in the bottom of your personal bag with your clothing. Store exposed film and medications in small waterproof baggies (Ziplocs) rolled in your clothing - then pack in your personal bag. You may want some cash on you for emergencies or gratuities.
Beverages: Alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and pisco) are supplied, though if you would like to bring a hard alcohol treat, please bring it in a plastic container - NOT GLASS.
Items to keep in your fanny pack / day pack while hiking:
* Water Bottle.
Hiking: Depending on the trail and weather conditions, plan for up to six hours of travel on uneven muddy terrain with loose footing and exposure to the elements. Plan for your shoes to get wet. We recommend a well-built hiking shoe with arch support and substantial traction. If you prefer more ankle support, then bring lightweight synthetic or leather hiking boots.
White Water Rafting: Neoprene booties with tread work well (we supply them). Neoprene socks with tennis shoes are another option. Recreational sport sandals work well on the boats as well as in camp. They allow your feet to dry quickly and provide warmth when used with polypropylene or wool socks. Choose your shoe according to your personal preference. Aqua socks are NOT recommended. Rafting is an optional activity on this tour.
When purchasing a sport sandal pay particular attention to the fit, how much support it offers, the quality of the fastenings and how well the straps are secured to the sole. Sand and water tends to work against velcro closures. Cheaper sport sandals commonly fall apart. Be sure to allow proper break-in time.
Note: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.