Backpacking and Kayaking involve a lot of specialized equipment, but don’t worry. At RMR Backcountry we provide almost all of the necessary gear for a successful trip, including: comprehensive first aid kit, satellite phone, tents, sleeping bags & sleeping pads, stoves, food, eating utensils, kayaks, PFD’s (life jackets), paddles, helmets, and a lot more.  

We do expect our participants to bring their own appropriate clothing and footwear. Conditions can get crazy on the water and in the mountains so below you’ll find a comprehensive list of clothing and equipment needs as well as a few helpful tips on selecting clothing material and fit.

 Tips for Parents...

  • Pack Layers: The best way to moderate body temperature in unpredictable and ever-changing conditions is to pack in layers. At RMR we recommend packing a base layer, one or two insulation layers, and a waterproof layer for both your upper body and lower body. You can see the specifics below but this is the idea behind our suggestions. Click below for a printable PDF you can use as a packing checklist.
  • In the backcountry COTTON IS WRONG. Cotton is great at absorbing moisture, which in the mountains means it gets wet, stays wet, and makes you super cold if you wear it. Very little of your backcountry clothing should have cotton, especially hiking shirts, shorts, socks, or anything that touches your skin directly. A cotton t-shirt or long-sleeved can be nice to wear in the evenings and around camp, but not as a primary hiking or paddling layer.
  • Keep in mind that you have to carry (in a pack or a boat) all of your gear. All of our suggestions balance warmth and waterproofing with weight and bulkiness.


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RMR Backcountry
3000 County Road 517
Fraser, CO, 80442-0250

CALL US: 970-726-6690
FAX: 970-726-6692

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