Esplanade Packing List
Wondering what to toss in your bag for your impending trip the wild Golden Mountains? The packing process can be a complex mind-bender are we’re on the go every day, so here are some suggestions...
your Running Pack
This is the gear you’ll carry with you or wear each and every day while we’re on the trail. We find that a 12L carrying capacity is the optimal volume for traversing from hut to hut. Our guides run with the Salomon ADV Skin 12L vests (and love them). Please test fitting all of this stuff into your running pack and make sure it fits before you come to Golden.
12L (minimum) capacity running pack or vest*
1.5 L (minimum) water bladder, flasks or bottles*
Foil emergency blanket* (these, conveniently, come with many Salomon running vests)
Wind or Gore-tex shell jacket*
Buff or thermal toque*
Running or trail shoes*
Lip Balm, mini sunscreen for re-application, bug spray
Contacts, Glasses and/or Personal Medications you might need (Advil, Gravol, bandaids, moleskin)
Charging cables for your phone/camera**
Arm sleeves (our guides have found these to be an incredibly versatile and useful item to have along)
A variety of zip-lock bags to keep your down and “valuables” in, in case of inclement weather
* indicates required gear.
** gear that’s easier to carry than pack individually for each hut.
other SAFETY Gear to consider:
Our guides will have all of these in addition to a full first aid kit, but you may also want to bring these along for extra safety or to practise carrying/using them.
inReach or Spot device
Suunto watch with running tracks loaded for navigation
Water purifier (Lifestraw or similar) for use on trail
Waterproof matches or Lighter
We will have bear spray, Lifestraw personal filters and Scat Belt bear spray holsters available for sale when you arrive if you need these items.
Pack for Each Hut
These gear bags will be dropped off at each hut on our first day and then picked up on the last day. They will be at each hut when you arrive; therefore they will not be carried from hut to hut. So if there’s essentials you need daily (see above), you’ll need to carry those in your day pack. Note: you’ll arrive to each hut in your running clothes, so plan to pack something cozy to wear that evening (or dive straight into your PJ’s, it doesn’t matter up there!) as well as your next day’s running outfit.
Each personal bag should be no larger than a regular-sized plastic shopping bag. We will provide you with cloth bags that are approximately this size when you arrive in Golden. These bags go into larger duffles and are transported directly to the hut.
Day 1 / Day 2
(wear on heli)
Running clothes & shoes
Day pack (above)
(carry on heli)
Night 2 / Day 3
(Vista or Meadow)
Night 3 / Day 4
(Meadow or Sunrise)
Night 4 / Day 5
*Not required for July trips, as night 3 and night 4 are in the same location (Sunrise Hut).
Towels - please bring small or ultra-absorbent camping towels to take up less space. We’ll have a limited number of Lolë camping style types for sale at $10 each.
Flat Sheets/Pillowcases - these are provided for us on the first night, but not at the other huts (we can explain why in person). Fitted sheets are provided at each hut. You’ll be sleeping on single beds so ensure they are single sized.
Sport food - this is optional! Please only bring bars/chews/gels if you're very particular. We will have lots of home-made options.
Tall Socks - socks are ideally just above the ankle - this will help keep dust, rocks and other trail debris out of your socks!
Running Clothes - We recommend packing t-shirt/shorts and long-sleeve/tights for each hut in case the weather forecast changes. You can use what you don't run in for lounging in the hut.
The huts are very warm, with the option of firing up the wood stove to keep them smoking hot. You may find that a t-shirt and shorts are enough for lounge wear.
Bathing suits - you may opt to bring a bathing suit but we encourage you to swim/bathe in your running clothes (or skinny dip!) and save space.
PJs - you can also consider sleeping in your next day’s running gear if you’re keen to pack light.
Power Packs - there is limited access to power at the huts and the first priority is for the guides to recharge the radios, inReach and navigation devices. If you think you'll need to recharge your phones/cameras, please pack your own portable charging devices.
Shoes - each hut has a supply of crocs so packing flip-flops or post-run shoes is not necessary. Slippers or "casual socks" are favoured by some for wearing inside the huts.
Arm Sleeves - great to have in place of a long sleeve for your daily traversing!
We will provide at each hut
This gear will also be dropped off at each hut on our first day and then picked up on the last day.
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste)
Special note: there are showers in the saunas at each hut, but no running water. The alpine lake swimming is fantastic!
Sunscreen (110-SPF face and 60-SPF body)
Homemade food, snacks and accompanying beverages
Speakers (so we can jam out to music!)
What you don't need
Please make sure not to pack these things as they take up unnecessary space and weight in the helicopter. You will not need them.
Yak Trax or Running Poles
Books or cards
Extra running shoes