NOLS PATAGONIA: ICEFIELD TRAVERSE
Careful equipment selection is essential for safety and comfort. Your thoroughness in this process has very
direct implications for you and your expedition as a whole. Unlike other NOLS branches, we require you to
bring most of your personal gear. Before selecting what to bring, buy, or borrow from a friend, it is important
that you go over the equipment list carefully: Often students find they have spent unnecessary money for new
gear that is unsuitable for the conditions we will encounter.
If you are undecided between two options to meet a particular equipment need, consider bringing both items
to Patagonia. Prior to departure from the NOLS base, you and your instructors will work together to
determine the best strategy for getting outfitted. In advance of the course, NOLS headquarters in Lander
may also be able to answer some of your equipment questions and help you determine whether a particular
item will be suitable.
If you are purchasing new items for your NOLS course, we suggest that you begin by looking through mail
order catalogues (Mt. Equipment Co-op, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, etc.) and outdoor magazines
(Backpacker, Outside, Climbing) for an approximate gauge of price range and variety. A look at
advertisements should help you locate a backpacking specialty store near you, or you may wish to mail order
your equipment. We do not recommend purchasing footwear via mail order. NOLS also has a mail-order
catalog if you wish to purchase items like windpants, mugs, caps, etc. prior to your arrival at the branch.
There will not be an opportunity to obtain equipment marked “N/A” on the following list once you
arrive at the NOLS base in Patagonia.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office, NOLS, 288 Main
Street, Lander, WY 82520 or phone (307) 332-5300, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. mountain time, Monday
EQUIPMENT RENTAL DEPOSIT AND BILL PAYMENTS:
All members of the expedition hav