What to Bring

Please do NOT bring Guns or weapons, alcohol, non-prescription drugs, expensive electronics, fixed-blade knives, fireworks, and fancy jewelry.

Day-Hiking:

  • Sunblock
  • Hiking footwear (hiking boots, sneakers, or running shoes)
  • Lunch or snack food, water bottle (plastic, not glass)
  • Swim suit, small towel (may depend on the specific location)
  • River shoes (old sneakers, aqua shoes, or sandals with a heel strap)
  • Small backpack
  • * Bug repellant
  • *Camera
  • ** Something for rain (poncho, rain jacket)
  • ** Something for warmth (fleece, sweatshirt, light jacket)
  • Medical Form/Participant Agreement

* Optional   **Weather Depending

Rock Climbing:

  • Hiking footwear (hiking boots, sneakers, or running shoes)
  • Lunch or snacks, 2 water bottles (plastic, not glass)
  • Small backpack
  • * Bug repellent
  • * Camera
  • Sunblock
  • * Personal climbing gear (harness, climbing shoes) if you own any
  • ** Something for rain (poncho, rain jacket)
  • ** Something for warmth (fleece, sweatshirt, light jacket)
  • Medical Form/Participant Agreement
  • WILD GUYde will supply climbing ropes, harnesses, helmets, and climbing shoes

* Optional   **Weather Depending

Paddling:

  • Swimsuit or shorts and t-shirt, small towel
  • Lunch or snacks, and 2 water bottles (plastic, not glass)
  • Hat with all-around brim
  • Sunblock
  • River shoes (old sneakers, aqua shoes, or sandals with a heel strap)
  • * Camera
  • * Sunglasses with a holder strap
  • Small backpack
  • ** Something for rain (poncho, rain jacket)
  • ** Something for warmth (fleece, sweatshirt, light jacket)
  • *DRYbag or float bag (waterproof)
  • Medical Form/Participant Agreement
  • WILD GUYde will supply Personal Flotation Devices (life vests), canoes, paddles, gear buckets or drybags, and safety equipment

* Optional   **Weather Depending

Wild Caving:

Caves in VA and WV are a pretty constant 52º year-round

  • Boots (hiking style, work boots, or military) or old sneakers that can get muddy
  • An outer clothing layer that can be muddied, and then removed when we exit the cave (blue jeans, work pants or old sweat pants, and a long sleeve shirt layer or old hoodie). Coveralls are great if you have them, but do not bring a disposable paint-suit. It is best then to have other clothes underneath the outer layer (like shorts and a t-shirt), so when we exit the cave, the muddy stuff can simply be “peeled off” without any modesty issues. Don’t expect privacy; there is often no where to change at the cave.
  • 1 large plastic trash bag (kitchen or yard size) for muddy clothing afterwards.
  • Headlamp, or several new AAA batteries (Walmart has some decent inexpensive headlamps.)
  • A small flashlight
  • Change of footwear for home travel (sandals, sneakers)
  • Whistle on a lanyard
  • *Disposable camera with flash, preferably in a Ziploc® (or bring disposable camera).
  • *Some folks like knee pads and gloves (optional).
  • Medical Form/Participant Agreement
  • Wild GUYde will supply caving helmets, cave packs, and safety equipment

* Optional