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What to Bring

Required Items

Camping gear: sleeping bag, pad, tent/tarp, water bottles (enough for 2-3 liters), personal dishes & eating utensils (there is NEST kitchen gear and a stove), head lamp, knife, lighter and anything else that you would bring to be able to camp and be comfortable.

Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with firm sole for climbing: You can bring sandals or other comfortable foot wear for putting on after climbing.  Do not expect to climb in sandals or street shoes.  Only hobbits climb bare foot.

Compass :  you will need this to be able to navigate in the woods, even a $10 compass will do the trick to keep you oriented and not lost.

Day pack: A book bag or bike messenger bag for going out to the forest for the day as you will need to bring a lunch, water and other items besides the group climbing gear.

Clothing:  comfortable clothes appropriate for hiking and climbing in the Pacific North West.  So layers, long pants, Rain gear (rain jacket, rain pants, pancho).  Pants are a must, especially in some areas where poison oak is prevalent.  Pants and long sleeves help to prevent poison oak rashes. If you wear shorts or a dress your legs will get scratched up and be exposed to poison oak.  The Pacific Northwest weather can range from sweltering heat to rain and cold.  Having a wide range of clothing is advisable.

Toiletries:  Bring only biodegradable soap and natural health care products that won’t end up harming the wildlife and water in the area.

Some recommended items:

Climbing gloves:  Bike gloves work great or thin tight fitting leather gloves. If you don’t do a lot of manual labor, your hands will blister after your 1st climb.

Climbing helmet:  Not absolutely necessary as we have campaign helmets,  but it’s always nice to bring your own if you own one.

Binoculars:  to see wildlife and to inspect arboreal structures.

Climbing gear:  while  we have plenty of group gear for people who don’t have their own, if you do posses climbing gear you can bring it if you prefer climbing with your own set up.

Camera:  there are NEST cameras to take pictures of tree vole nests, but if you have an extra one it frees up the NEST camera.

GPS:  We can load the unit boundaries and waypoints on your GPS so you will never get lost 🙂

Toilet paper:  Please bring the most responsibly sourced kind.

If you can bring food to share it is always greatly appreciated. (local/organic preferred, when possible). We typically cook and eat meals together. Our communal kitchen is mostly vegetarian/vegan. We try to accommodate food allergies, but it is never a bad idea to bring some of your own food if you have special dietary needs. Most of our food supply consists of donated organic produce and bulk goods. If there are any food items you want to make sure to have either for yourself or to share (e.g. coffee, hot sauce, anything else) please bring those items.

What not to bring:

Dogs:  Dogs can spread certain diseases to wildlife and we discourage the introduction of domesticated animals in nature.  Also, we like to observe wildlife and dogs often chase, harass and/or kill wildlife.  Dogs also do not bury their excrement thus creating a sanitary hazard.  If you cannot have some watch your 4 legged friend while you come to the woods please contact us in advance.

Oppressive behavior:  We strive to camp and work together in an environment free of racism, sexism, homophobia or any other behavior that is oppressive in nature.  Violence and any form of aggression (even micro aggressions) won’t be tolerated and is grounds for getting told to leave.


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