Gear – What to bring

The Essentials

  • Map and compass or a GPS device with routes downloaded
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothes
  • Extra batteries
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bag
  • Knife

Barr Camp Additions

Water Filter and/or Treatment

This is an important addition for Barr Camp or any long-distance hike. Whether you are day hiking or staying overnight you will need this item. If you are going to do much hiking anywhere a filter is always a good investment. It allows you to carry less water with you and rely on surface water along your route. Treatment is also a viable method. It is cheap and lightweight but may have a taste. Below is a list of some of our favorites:

There are many other good options and if you have one, then bring it.

Gear – Overnight

Required Gear for an overnight at Barr Camp:

  • Sleeping Bag – There is no heat overnight at the camp.
  • Flashlight
  • Dry under layer – You will cool off fast. Something dry to wear underneath will make a big difference in your comfort
  • Tenting gear – If you are tent camping
  • Cooking gear – If you are cooking your own meals
  • Water Filter – We do not provide drinking water

Suggested gear for safety, comfort, and enjoyment while at Barr Camp:

  • Camp shoes – these can be a very nice addition, something to walk around in, especially if your feet get wet. 
  • Lightweight under layer – additional warmth in sleeping bag
  • Toiletries – toothbrush/paste
  • Toilet tissue – we have it at the camp, but your hike is long.
  • Camera
  • Extra food/snacks for between meals – We also have some items available for purchase

Additional Gear for climbing Pikes Peak

  • Additional Clothing – Weather dependent
  • Outer shell hiking pants and top – For temperature, wind, snow, and rain possible
  • Snowshoes / Crampons / Ice Axe – The snow conditions on the peak change hourly due to temperature and sun conditions, so it is normally impossible to predict this requirement. If you question whether you need them, bring them.
  • Lightweight Crampons – Microspikes.
  • Snow goggles – goggles for possible bright snow and high winds
  • Survival bag or blanket (space blanket)
  • Snow gaiters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Map or GPS

Dress and pack for the weather that may or may not occur. Use a layering system that you can modify for existing conditions.

Things you might not need

Depending on where you are staying and how long you will be out you might not need some of these items as we have them at the camp.

  • Toilet Paper – We have it at camp, but not for your hike
  • Games – We have cards, dice, chess, checkers, and board games
  • Books / Magazines
  • Cups – We have cups for your hot drinks
  • Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa – We have it for sale.

Local outdoor stores

Mountain Chalet – Downtown Colorado Springs – map

REI – Colorado Springs – map