What to Bring

Listed below are some personal items you should bring with you to Gothic this summer

This list indicates the items we feel are essential

1. Must Haves in Gothic

  • Sleeping bag comfort-rated to at least 20 degrees F (we provide a cot/mattress)
  • Fitted sheet (size single), pillow, and pillow case. Bring a top sheet if you like. (RMBL does not provide linens)
  • Broken-in, waterproof hiking boots
  • Rain gear
  • Warm outer clothes, including coat, gloves and a hat (it could snow!)
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt and long pants (for the biting flies)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Field notebook, pencils, pens, paper, etc. (we sell some of these items)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhat
  • Alarm clock
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet articles (including towel)
  • Flashlight and batteries
    Pic-albino marmot
    Albino Marmot-photo from RMBL Archives

2. What Else to Bring
When deciding on clothes to bring to Gothic consider the climate and rustic conditions. Casual and rugged clothes are the rule. Pack as minimally as possible especially considering that we have onsite coin-operated laundry facilities (front-loading washing machines and dryers). Bring laundry detergent if you’d like. Expect rainy days, possibly snow, but also remember how strong the sun’s rays can be at 9,500′ elevation. During the day it can be as warm as 75 degrees F, but once the sun goes down it cools rapidly, and can freeze any night of the summer. The most successful way of dressing is in layers to keep up with the rapidly changing weather.
Most people will camp during the summer, so consider bringing your tent and other backpacking gear. Other suggestions include a camera, binoculars, and field guides. We do have outdoor stores in nearby Crested Butte, but these shops can be expensive.
If you wear contact lenses, make sure to also bring your glasses. At our elevation the humidity is very low, and our roads are unpaved and dusty. You will also notice that the air dries out your nose, lips, and skin so consider bringing moisturizers, lubricants, and lip care products.