Participants are responsible for supplying their own food, water and gear. Each seminar has specific gear requirements.  You will be sent a list of gear for your specific seminar in your confirmation letter, which will arrive via email on the make-or-break date of the field seminar.  However, please be aware that all of our seminars involve outdoor activities and you should always be prepared with the 10 essentials.


  • Boots: Sturdy waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support (mid-high top). 
  • Socks: Polyester or wool hiking socks. Optional liner socks help with insulation, as well as reduce the risk of blisters.
  • Long Sleeve Base Layer: Synthetic or wool
  • Upper Body Mid Layer: Polyester fleece jacket or down jacket
  • Rain Jacket: e.g. Waterproof Gore Tex Jackets
  • Rain Pants: e.g. Waterproof Gore Tex
  • Synthetic Pants: e.g. Polyester zip-off pants, hiking pants
  • Bottom Base Layer: Polyester or wool
  • Gloves: Warm and waterproof, e.g. thin liner gloves and waterproof shell
  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat: e.g. baseball hat
  • Sunglasses: Close fitting to keep out windblown ash and snow reflection


  • 2-3 liters of water: Filled bottles or hydration bladder. Optional electrolyte drinks
  • Lunch and Snacks: High energy foods, e.g. trail mix, sandwich, trail bars, beef jerky, hard boiled eggs, summer sausage,  cheese
  • Sunscreen and spf lip balm (SPF 30 and above)
  • Small First Aid Kit (this includes your own personal prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and blister care. Bring extra prescription meds in case of unexpected delays)
  • Headlamp or flashlight, with extra set of batteries
  • Bandana: Cotton OK, helps keep ash out of your face
  • Extra Clothing Layers and Socks: Pack them in a dry-bag or garbage bag if weather shows wet conditions
  • Pocket Knife or Multi-tool
  • Adjustable trekking poles (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Recommended gear for overnight trips:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Stove and Fuel
  • Extra Food
  • Extra Water