What to Bring to Gothic

Listed below are personal items you should bring to Gothic in the fall

‘Must Haves’ in Gothic

Gothic Mountain - photo by Gesa Michel
Gothic Mountain – photo by Gesa Michel
  • Sleeping bag comfort-rated to at least 20 degrees F (we provide a mattress but no linen)
  • 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
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Field notebook, pencils, pens, paper, etc. (we sell some of these items)
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhat
  • Alarm clock
  • Toilet articles (including towel)
  • Flashlight and batteries

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 70 degrees F, but once the sun goes down it cools rapidly, and the temperature can drop below freezing any night. The most successful way of dressing is in layers to keep up with the rapidly changing weather.
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.