We’re looking forward to seeing you at our beautiful mountain resort spa in Ainsworth, British Columbia! Below is a “What to Pack” list of items we request that you bring for both the Spring/Summer/Fall Programs.
Before you start packing, please know that we provide shampoo, soap, conditioner, hair dryer, bath robe, backpack and hiking poles for your use while at the lodge. We also gift you with a three-litre water bladder (Platypus) and a Heart Rate Monitor to use while here and take home after your stay.
Our guests have frequently made the comment that they brought too many items. Please note: you do not need to dress up here. We love you no matter how you look! In fact, many guests spend their time in workout clothes and T-shirts, both for casual evenings and exercise. We do laundry for you daily, so you don’t need many clothes. In fact, you should be able to get everything you need in one carry-on bag. Also, we recommend the “layering” system of clothing to increase your comfort on hikes when warmth is needed. This means each guest dresses in three layers:
- Inner: a thin and light layer made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin such as polypro, merino wool or silk. Cotton should not be used as it absorbs moisture and will keep you damp and cold throughout your hike.
- Middle: an insulating layer to ensure warmth. Sweaters or tops made of Polar Fleece or wool are good options.
- Outer: this layer will protect you from wind and rain. Gore-tex, Event or an equivalent breathable and waterproof shell is highly recommended. Many guests like the protection of rain pants made from the same material as well.
A few items you should not bring to the lodge include tobacco products, coffee, alcohol, and strongly scented perfumes, lotions, deodorants or aftershave.
- Your Health Insurance/Care card, photo ID, credit card and passport for non-Canadian guests
- Prescribed medication
- Hiking boots
- Sandals, moccasins or slippers (for use in the lodge)
- Running or tennis shoes for the gym
- Bathing suit (if you have 2 pairs, bring both)
- Your preferred clothes for gym work-outs, yoga & lounging
- Hiking shorts and hiking pants, or zip-off combo (made of quick-dry material…cotton is unacceptable as it doesn’t dry quickly)
- 1 short & 1 long sleeve shirt made of wicking material, ie: merino wool, polypropolyne, silk or capalene (not cotton).
- 1 undershirt that wicks moisture (not cotton)
- 1 top for warmth (pull over, or zippered, made of wool, fleece or soft shell material)
- Rain jacket (highly breathable and waterproof material with a Gore-tex or similar wicking membrane)
- Rain pants (same material as the rain jacket)
- Vest, fleece or wool (optional)
- 1 hat for warmth (wool or fleece) or earband
- 1 hat for the sun (broad rim or ball cap) & 1 hat for rain (not necessary if rain jacket has a hood)
- 1 pair of medium weight, water resistant gloves (eg: Gore-tex, soft shell, fleece laminate, etc.)
- Socks for hiking made of wool or some sort of wicking material & socks for indoor activities
- Underwear (preferably not cotton)
- One good book
- If you wear eyeglasses, we suggest you bring an extra set in case of loss, breakage etc