√ Sturdy Hiking Boots ~ We strongly recommend high or mid height hiking boots for our hiking trails. Proper footwear can prevent ankle injuries, sprains and blisters. However, if you are an experienced hiker, you are welcome to wear low top hiking boots if you so wish. Additionally, if your intention is to hike on the easy road hikes, low top hiking boots would be suitable.Please Note: If you have new boots, wear them around the house and town to break them in a little prior to the trip.
√ Hiking Socks ~The proper hiking socks provide cushioning, wick sweat away from your feet, and reduce friction inside your boots, all helping to keep your feet blister-free. Cotton socks are not recommended. A wool or synthetic material, such as acrylic, polyester, Coolmax or Thermax are appropriate. Look for a flat, snug fit around the toes and heels, unobtrusive seams and strong elastic, to prevent your sock from slipping. Please Note: Socks must be tried on with your boots to ensure proper fit. We have a selection of socks for purchase.
√ Wind & Rain Jacket and Pants Recommended ~ We have ponchos on site, that you are welcome to use, but be forewarned that ponchos do not breathe well. Fortunately, there are a lot of water proof products available in sport equipment stores, of which Goretex or similar products ($60-$200+) are strongly recommended. I have two pairs of rain pants, a $30.00 pair and a $100.00 pair, both of which I remain dry in. Nevertheless, I must say that the $30.00 pair does not breathe as well as the $100.00 pair. Personally, I feel more comfortable hiking with a more breathable product. It seems to me that the less expensive the rain suit is, the more it feels like you are wearing a rubber suit.
What do you need?This depends on the length of your stay, the level of hikes, and the weather. Rarely is there heavy rain during the hikes, however, the weather conditions on the mountain ridge lines changes quickly, often encountering cold rain and/or strong winds. If you plan on hiking the advanced or intermediate trails, a rain jacket and rain pants are strongly recommended.
√ Backpack, Fanny or Hydration Pack ~ Backpacks are provided on site but if you have one, we require it to have at least 1,200 cubic inches of volume for gear. Fanny packs must have (2) one liter bottle pouches. A hydration pack must have a 70 oz capacity or greater. Either the fanny or hydration packs must have at least 500 cubic inches of volume for gear.
√ Water Bottles ~We have them available for purchase, but if you would like to bring your own, we require (2) one liter bottles or in substitution, a 70 oz Camelbak hydration pack.
√ Dress is casual ~Sandals, sneakers, swimsuit, shorts, long hiking pants and loose fitting clothing for stretching and yoga. Be sure you pack a pair of gloves, bandanna and two hats for both sun and warmth. Warm layer such as a fleece and both long and short sleeve shirts that wicks away moisture. Be sure to avoid cotton products for hiking.
√ Miscellaneous ~ Anything you might need on an all-day hike, including, but not limited, to: Aspirin, Tylenol, Allergy Medicine, Tissues, Molefoam Padding, Moleskin (we have some for purchase), Blister Kits, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Camera, Binoculars, Book and a Small Umbrella.
√ Gear ~ For Fishing, Golf, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Canoeing & Kayaking are optional.
√ Caving Clothes (optional) ~ It is possible to see the caves and to not get dirty. However, if you wish to go into the smaller rooms of the caves, you must be prepared to get dirty. Old clothes, such as jeans and a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt are recommended. If you have a head lamp or flash light, please bring it along.
√ Whistle (optional) ~ Always a good idea to have while hiking in the woods, in case of an emergency.
√ Hiking poles (optional) ~ We have them on site for use and purchase.