Packing List – Lodge Trips

Below is a list of items you NEED to bring with you. We have had many years of personal experience dealing with Mother Nature up here, so please take our list to heart.

Average Temperatures

June19C / 66F5C / 41F
July22C / 71F7C / 45F
August22C / 70F7C / 44F
September16C / 60F3C / 38F

Average temperatures at an elevation of 4538 feet. Temperatures will drop at higher elevations.

When packing your gear, keep in mind it is being packed out and our animal’s comfort is very important to us. By following these guidelines you can help us ensure that:

What to pack your gear into:

You must pack your gear in soft-sided, cloth or nylon bag. It can not have any hard edges, frames or wheels. Your luggage is restricted to a Total maximum weight of 30lbs. If you do not have a water-resistant bag, it is a good idea to line the inside with garbage bags in the event of rain. Saddlebags, rain gear and other essentials that you will need during the day (camera, sunscreen, bug spray, lip balm, extra sweater, water bottle, etc) that you are taking on your horse with you are not included in the 30lb weight restriction.

The length of your trip will alter what you need to bring.

1. Bags/luggage – Waterproof bags are the best option. Drysacks, favoured by canoers, or a gym bag lined with garbage bags work well.

2. A warm coat — Essential to ward off chilly nights or a windy day. Also bring a heavy sweater (wool is a great insulator) or fleece jacket.

3. Rain gear — A rain coat and rain pants, and if possible, coverings for your boots and hat. Please DO NOT bring rain ponchos, they flap in the wind and spook the horses. If you have one, we recommend an oilskin slicker. We have a limited supply of full-length oilskin slickers available. These are available for pick up upon check in based on a first come first served basis. Clothing that is easily layered works the best. You can always remove what you don’t need, but you still have it just in case. Also, bring your most comfortable gear — this is not the time to break-in new boots or a new hat.

4. Shirts – long sleeve and t-shirts to your preference and length of trip.

5. Jeans – a cowboy classic.

6. Riding boots — A boot with a heel that can easily slip in and out of stirrups. Alternatives would be a narrow style of hiking boot or solid sneaker. For safety reasons, clunky hiking boots are not recommended. Water (rain) resistant boots are recommended.

7. Sneakers — or an extra pair of shoes for wearing inside the lodge, an extra pair of DRY socks is also recommended.

8. Toiletries — towel, facecloth, biodegradable shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable razors, etc. Please note that we do not have any electricity at the camps. WE SUPPLY TOILET PAPER AND HAND SOAP.

9. Hat — A cowboy hat offers the most protection from the elements. Baseball caps or canvastype hats are also fine. Please ensure that your hat fits snug or ties on and will not blow off in the wind. Chin straps are recommended.

10. Gloves — Lined leather or suede gloves provide protection from the elements and a sure grip on the reins (bring two pair just in case one gets wet).

11. Scarf — A silk or cotton scarf is recommended for extra warmth.

12. Sunscreen— sunglasses and mosquito repellent.

13. Your camera – extra batteries.

14. Flashlight — Remember to check your batteries!

15. Liquor – The lodge is licensed and so under Alberta Law we cannot allow self brought alcohol to be consumed. We do have alcohol for sale at reasonable prices.

16. Water bottle – for refreshment while you are riding.

17. Cellular phones do not work in the areas you’ll be riding in so leave them somewhere safe. If you will be using the camera on your phone, please note there is no charging station in the backcountry.

18. Saddlebags – You are welcome to bring your own; please fill them with only those essential items that you would need during the day, such as lip balm, your camera, sunscreen, etc. We reserve the right to limit the amount of gear in the saddlebags for weight. Daypacks, backpacks or other bags are NOT allowed — they are hard on your back and hard on the horse’s back, and do not tie properly to the saddle.