What to Bring, What to Wear
What to wear on the trail
Most of the time the weather in the Rogue River canyon is warm and pleasant. But cool, wet weather can occur at any time, and it can be chilly when it’s overcast, breezy or rainy. Please pay close attention to selecting your clothes and gear for adventure. Hopefully, you’ll never need most of the cool-weather gear we recommend that you bring. But please do bring it, just in case!
On cool or rainy days
Appropriate clothing for these conditions is clothing that dries quickly, and keeps you warm even when the garment is wet. Modern high-tech synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene and polyester fleece do both.
Think in terms of layers of clothing for changeable and cool weather. As conditions change you can add or subtract layers as needed. The first layer in cool weather should be long underwear made of synthetic materials such as polypropylene which provide warmth and wick moisture away from your skin. The middle layer should consist of polyester fleece (or wool), and will provide further warmth. The outer layer consists of a rain jacket and rain pants, or (as a second choice) a poncho. Rain gear made of modern waterproof, breathable fabrics such as Goretex are best. But for a less expensive option coated nylon will work, too.
A surprisingly large percentage of heat loss occurs from our heads. For this reason a wool or synthetic hat will go a long way towards keeping you warm.
On hot days
Shorts and a T-shirt may be worn, as well as a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes. But you may wish to wear a long-sleeved cotton shirt and cotton slacks, in order to ward off sunburn and brushes with poison oak.
Cotton clothing is recommended for hot weather only! Wet cotton will lower your body temperature. This is great for keeping cool during a heat wave. But cotton provides no warmth when wet.
On your feet
Different hikers require different degrees of support from their footwear. For most people we recommend light to mid weight hiking boots. Waterproof or water resistant boots are a plus on the Rogue trail. Whatever boots you wear, make sure that they're well broken in!
In camp or at the lodge
You will probably want a change of shoes, and comfortable clothing for lounging. Cotton clothing may be worn on shore in dry weather. But in order to be prepared for rainy weather, we recommend that if you are camping you bring clothing made of synthetic or wool.
Where to find items you will need
Check with local sporting goods stores. If they cater to outdoor sports (hiking, backpacking, etc.) rather than team sports, they should have most of the items you need. Gear is also available through mail order and online, for instance by contacting REI (800-426-4840, or www.rei.com) or L.L. Bean (800-341-4341, or www.llbean.com).
Rental Equipment for camping trips
O.R.E. offers camping equipment for rent to those who do not own or do not wish to transport this gear. High quality, two to three person Sierra Designs free-standing tents are available. Deluxe sleep kits are also available, which consist of a Sierra Designs polarguard sleeping bag, cotton bag liner, self-inflating full-length Paco sleep pad, and ground cloth. Reservations and advance payment are required for O.R.E. rental gear. To place a reservation for a tent or sleep kit please call our office at 1-800-827-1358.
Rental Gear Prices
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How to pack
Pack your gear in a manner appropriate for your journey to Galice. When we meet we will supply you with a watertight river bag, into which you will pack your clothing. This bag is roughly 14" in diameter and 24" tall. If you are on a camping trip we’ll also provide you with a second, larger river bag (roughly 16" in diameter and 33" tall), which you will share with one other person on camping trips. Into this second bag will go your tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other bulky items.
The bags will be transported from camp to camp (or lodge to loddge) by raft. Generally, they will not be accessible during the day. For gear that you wish to have with you on the trail, please bring along a daypack.
The bags and boxes we provide are watertight under most conditions, even when temporarily submerged. But for extra security we recommend that you wrap your sleeping bag and clothing in heavy-duty plastic garbage bags for extra protection. We also recommend that you pack your camera, binoculars, reading material and similar items in large zip-lock food storage bags.
- hiking boots (make sure they're well broken in!)
- shoes for camp or lodge
- wool or synthetic "ski" hat — for cold/rainy days
- wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap — for sunny days
- 2-3 pair hiking socks (wool or synthetic recommended)
- waterproof rain jacket and rain pants
- Polypropylene long underwear tops and bottoms (light or mid-weight recommended)
- 1 warm sweater or jacket, polyester fleece or wool
- 1 pair long pants
- 1 - 2 pair shorts
- 1 - 2 long-sleeved shirts
- 1 - 2 short-sleeved shirts
- socks and underwear
- day pack
- water bottle or canteen
- waterproof sunscreen (SPF 15 minimum), lip balm
- personal toiletries, including small towel, biodegradable soap, dry-skin lotion, prescription medicines
- small flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
For Camping trips
- compact, lightweight tent (freestanding is preferable)
- compact, medium-weight sleeping bag
- compact foam sleeping pad (Thermarest is a popular pad), or air mattress
- small tarp (to place beneath your tent, or as a ground cloth for sleeping under the stars
- a second warm sweater or jacket, polyester fleece or wool, and fleece or wool pants (especially for spring trips)
- swim suit
- reading material
- pen and journal or notebook
- compact fishing gear
- insect repellent
- spare glasses, sunglasses
- beer or soft drinks (up to 2 six-packs per person), wine or liquor — in unbreakable containers. (We provide coffee, tea, and juice; also wine with some dinners). By the way, consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the day — but is okay once we arrive in camp or at the lodge.
Pease do not bring pets, guns, or valuable jewelry.