Pack and Prepare

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.”

~ Robert H. Schuller

Being prepared means staying warm, dry, and comfortable so you can focus on having fun. Locals agree that one of the best things about this region is that the weather is rarely extreme. As a temperate maritime climate, we enjoy warm sunny summers, mild temperatures in the spring and fall, and cool winters that rarely drop to freezing or below. Due to this consistency, our gear and clothing needs don’t vary too drastically from one season to the next.

On all of our tours, we provide water bottles, beverages and snacks, and on full day tours we provide a seasonal, gourmet lunch as well. We also bring snowshoes or kayaking gear when necessary and always carry first aid equipment.

You only need to bring your own clothing, camera, and necessary medications. While not necessary, feel free to bring a day pack for your personal items. See the seasonal tabs above for suggested packing lists for your tour. If you do not have the gear you need, give us a call. We have a limited amount of extra warm clothing, waterproof clothing, hats, gloves, and hiking boots provided that we can loan you when available, as well as Demo Gear if you want to test some of the industry’s best new outdoor-wear.

PLEASE SEE THE SEASONAL TABS FOR SUGGESTED PACKING LISTS

Urban – The Northwest is gorgeous in the summer and is usually very warm and dry (upper 60’s to lower 80’s) but cool breezes can make warm-blooded visitors chilly quickly. Dress like a local and wear light, breathable clothing, but also bring a sweater or light jacket with you at all times. There is at least some walking on all of our tours, so wear comfortable walking shoes too.

Mountains – In the peak summer months (July to September) it is typically pleasantly warm up in the mountains (in the upper 50’s to lower 70’s). However, the weather can change very rapidly at high elevations and is unpredictable, so no matter how sunny and warm it may be, we always advise you to bring warm layers.

Coast – The weather at this time of year is typically beautiful on the coast. It will occasionally rain, but for the most part the sun is shining daily and the only concern is the wind chill. However, please always be prepared for rainy weather and for cool winds.

Our Suggestions:

  • Hat with a sun visor and/or sunglasses
  • Wear light hiking pants made of synthetic materials (not cotton or denim), so that they are breathable, lightweight, and quick drying
  • On top, wear lightweight, non-cotton layers with a long sleeve shirt or fleece jackets and a rain jacket shell or soft shell.
  • For your feet, we suggest hiking socks and hiking boots or a durable pair of tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or wet. Please avoid sandals, flip flops, clogs and leather shoes as even on warm summer days there may still be snow in the mountains or mud on the coast.

 

Urban – The Northwest remains beautiful in the spring and fall, but light rains and cool breezes are common. Bring a sweater and rain jacket with you at all times. There is at least some walking on all of our tours, so wear comfortable walking shoes as well.

Mountains – During this time the weather is relatively cold in the mountains.  There will be some snow on the ground at high elevations so please be prepared. In the late fall and early spring the weather can be very cold if an early winter has started or we are having an unusually long winter.

Coast – Rain is common in the fall and spring in the Pacific Northwest and the coastline is windy during this time of year. Please bring a rain jacket to block the wind and rain.

Our Suggestions:

  • Wear hiking pants made of synthetic materials (not cotton or denim) so that they are breathable, lightweight, and quick drying.
  • For your upper layer, wear a non-cotton base-layer, paired with a moisture-resistant jacket.
  • For your feet, we suggest breathable hiking socks and hiking boots or a durable pair of tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or wet. Avoid sandals, flip flops, clogs, and leather shoes as there could be snow in the mountains or mud on the coast.  Bring an extra pair of dry socks for the drive home, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Urban Rain and cool breezes are common throughout the winter. Bring a sweater and waterproof jacket with you at all times.  There is at least some walking on all of our tours, so wear comfortable walking shoes as well.

Mountains – The weather can be very cold and there is a lot of snowfall in the mountains. Please dress in warm, non-cotton layers and bring waterproof gear (preferably pants and jacket). If you have hiking boots/snow boots please bring them with you for snowshoeing on our Mt. Rainier, Olympic Peninsula, or Snoqualmie tours. Warm socks, hat, and gloves are also necessary.

Coast – It is cold and windy and often times rainy at this time of the year. Please wear non-cotton layers, a waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes that will not easily become wet.

Our Suggestions:

  • Wear warm hiking pants made of synthetic materials (not cotton or denim,) so that they are breathable, lightweight and quick drying. Wear a pair of long johns or an insulating base-layer underneath your pants for warmth and if you have ski or snowboard pants to layer over your pants, bring those along.
  • On top wear a non-cotton base-layer, paired with a wool long-sleeve shirt or mid-layer, and a fleece jacket or sweater and waterproof jacket.
  • We suggest warm non-cotton hiking socks and hiking boots, snow boots, or a durable pair of tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or wet. Avoid sandals, flip flops, clogs and leather shoes as there will likely be snow on the ground in the mountains and mud on the coast.
  • Bring a warm pair of gloves, a scarf, and a warm, non-cotton hat. We also recommend bringing an extra pair of dry socks for the drive home, you’ll be glad you did!