2013 Boulder Crest Traverse  ::  Saturday, August 10, 2013
Easley Peak 11,168 • Cerro Ciento 11,154
PK 10,941Galena Peak 11,152Senate Peak 10,451

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Equipment: What You Need To Bring


  • Dress in layers prepared for changeable mountain weather and ranging from sunny and hot to windy, wet and cool. (shorts and Capilene shirt to fleece top and bottom) 
  • Rain/wind jacket with hood (Gore-Tex, etc. or coated nylon)
  • Rain/wind pants

Personal Items

  • Backpack- 20-30 lb. capacity
  • LUNCH& SNACKS!  Bring your own please!
  • Sunglasses,sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Light gloves-fleece or wool, sun hat, ski hat
  • Ski/trekking poles (optional)
  • Two water bottles (approximately 1 liter capacity)
  • Bandana
  • Pocketknife
  • Lighter/matches
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Climbing harness (from SMG)
  • Climbing helmet (from SMG)


  • Hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes (preferably broken-in)
  • Wool socks
  • Liner socks


Climbing in Idaho's remote mountain ranges requires that team members be in good physical condition.  No technical skills are needed, as the climb will be under the supervision of Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Conditioning is the single most important way to ensure a fun, safe and successful experience. 

To arrive in good health and 100 percent fit, we suggest strenuous hiking leading up to the climb. The best preparation for this hike is walking or running to emphasize leg strength and to challenge your cardiovascular system. 

Walking or day hiking on hills on a daily basis with a 10 to15 lb. day pack will condition your legs and accustom your body to carrying a lightweight pack.  If there are no hills nearby, climbing stairs or stadium steps (up and down) is a good substitute. 

Training with ski or trekking poles will help you adapt to using these great "knee savers". Cycling and swimming are also effective ways to train for a hike.  

Good luck on your training program as you prepare for this once in a lifetime adventure with Expedition Inspiration!  Remember, the better condition you are in,the more you will enjoy your climb.

Other Training Measures:
  • You must train wearing the clothing you will be wearing for the hike; this is no time to get blisters from new boots a few hours into your hike. You need to experiment with your socks, underwear,shirts, pants, and waterproof or thermal clothing. Will you need Vaseline for wear spots, or will you use micropore? Heaven forbid you are caught thinking, "What do you mean these boots aren't waterproof?"

  • This also includes backpacks, which are loaded with the same equipment you will take hiking. Not only is it important for the musculoskeletal and metabolic training effect, but also you need to get used to wearing the backpack and feeling the specific aches and pains. Spend time getting the straps and packing right BEFORE you are half way through the hike.

  • You will have to attempt to train in similar climates; hot destinations require training in heat (e.g., the heat of the day)and cold destinations require training at colder periods (e.g., between 1 - 5a.m.).

  • Your hiking must be that: Don't just go up and down on a stepper. You must prepare your neuromuscular system for walking on uneven ground that slides out below your feet: Lift your feet a little higher than usual to step over rocks or uneven pebbles, etc. Prepare your hips, knees and lower back.

  • You need to ensure that your diet is supporting your level of activity, especially your iron intake. You cannot afford to be anemic when the O2 gets scarce.

  • Finally, I like to remind clients to prepare mentally. This includes training without headphones and for long hours. It will do little good training for two hours a day every other day when you will be hiking for eight to 10 hours...or longer. After reaching the summit, it's the hike out that is most often fraught with mental and physical fatigue. This is where mental ability must stay focused in order to overcome or avoid unnecessary injuries. (It also makes the cold beer after more enjoyable.)
-Diane Olson, MBA, CFT, ACE, AFAA, AIFE certified