1. Gregory Stout 60L – Great Price and features – Different sizes available

2. Osprey Exos 58 – Lightweight option

*approx. 50-60 liters, padded hip-belt, with rainproof cover that fits over entire pack


1. Kelty Cosmic 20°F DownBest bag on a budget

2. Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20°FGood Synthetic Choice

*comfort zone 0°C and less


1. Sea to Summit Expander Travel Liner – poly-cotton

2. Tough Outdoors Sleeping Bag Liner100% Poly

*Simple & Lightweight – only needed in the mountain huts – Tauernhof will provide if needed


1. Klymit Static VBest budget pad with NO insulation – Insulated versions available

2. Big Agnus Insulated AXL AirBest Bang for your buck

*There are many great lightweight inflatable pads – Sea to Summit, Therm-a-rest, Nemo


1. Black Diamond Spot 350 HeadlampBest overall pick

2. Petzl Tikkina 250 HeadlampGood budget option

*Small & lightweight is best – rechargeable options are also available


1. Gerber Paraframe MiniSimple single blade knife

2. Swiss Army EvoGrip S18Has everything you might need on the trail

*Don’t bring a huge knife with a sheath – only something simple that fits in your pocket


1. OliCamp Space Saver MugBest budget item that Fits over a Nalgene bottle

2. GSI Outdoors Infinity MugPlastic mug

1. MSR Folding Spork – Best Lightweight option

2. TOAKS Titanium Ultralight SporkQuality titanium at a good price

*only a large cup and spork is needed – don’t bring an entire cooking set


1. NALGENE 1LBest and most common water bottle

2. CamelBak 1LSippy with straw

*Lots of options out there


• Sunglasses (100% UV rating recommended) and sunscreen (factor 30 or higher)

• Band-Aids, moleskin or second skin (compeed)

• Toothbrush, small toothpaste, small shower gel, personal toiletries

• Hand Sanitizer (small bottle around 100ml)

• Light microfiber towel

• Any required personal medication

• Camera is recommended (NOTE: mobile phones are NOT permitted while on tours and can’t be used as a camera)

• English Bible (small, translation – not paraphrase), small notebook

*Think small and light


*No hiking boots!: Proper footwear is your most important piece of safety gear while in the mountains. Quality Mountain Boots will reduce the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls. Your boots must have strong ankle support, a ¾ shank, VibramTM or equivalent soles, and compatible with Semi-Automatic crampons. If you don’t have the required boots we strongly recommend buying them at the beginning of Upward Bound in Austria. We will take you to a local shop and help you buy the right boots.


RAIN JACKET: Marmot PreCip Rain JacketThere are many low cost options that are good

WARM SOFTSHELL JACKET: North Face Full Zip JacketThink merino wool or fleece

LIGHTWEIGHT INSULATED JACKET: North Face ThermoballDown would be best

PANTS: Columbia Convertible PantConvertible synthetic pants/shorts are a good choice

T-SHIRT: Under Armour Tech Shirt Synthetic lightweight shirt

SOCKS: SmartWool Light HikerHiking Socks 2 Pair

HAT & GLOVES: Icebreaker Beanie and Head GlovesWind Proof & Warm – Simple is better

SHORTS: These can double as your swim trunks

SYNTHETIC BASE LAYER: top and bottom

CAP: for sun protection

HUT SLIPPERS: Small packing volume – Optional

RUNNING SHOES- Lightweight

SWIMWEAR – These can double as your shorts


*NO COTTON: Think Lightweight Layers.