What to Bring to City of Rocks, Idaho

The City of Rocks and Castle Rock State park are located at 7,000’ in the Southern part of Idaho. The weather can vary from warm and sunny to cold, wet and very windy within an hour. Don’t be fooled by the weather reports. To help set yourself up for success, we suggest you bring the following.  

Suggested Clothing:

  • Tank top/ sports bra
  • T-shirts (synthetic or cotton)
  • Lightweight long sleeved shirt
  • Midweight synthetic top / fleece / lightweight puffy jacket
  • Wind/rain shell jacket
  • Warm down or synthetic puffy coat
  • Lightweight synthetic long underwear bottoms
  • Shorts 
(please no short running shorts)
  •  Climbing pants (cotton or synthetic)
  • Socks
 (wool or synthetic)
  • Underwear
  • Warm hat
  • Sticky rubber approach shoes or running shoes
  • Comfortable and warm clothing for hanging out around the campfire at night

Camping Gear:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
 / pillow
  • Sleeping pad
  • Eating utensil
  • Large bowl
  • Mug for hot drinks
  • Camp chair

Personal Items:

  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun screen
  • SPF lip balm
  • Fleece gloves
  • Toilet paper with 2 zip lock bags
  • Personal first aid kit (to take care of blisters and minor pain)

Climbing Gear:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rock shoes
  • Chalk bag
 and climbing chalk
  • Backpack (40 liters capacity minimum)
  • 3 water bottles (or up to 3 liters capacity)
  • Headlamp, extra batteries
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 1 ATC or  ATC Guide tube-style belay device
  • 1 48-inch sling/double length sling (nylon preferred)
  • 1 roll of climbing tape
  • Leather palm belay gloves
  • Small notebook and pencil
  • Grigri (if you have one)

Optional items:

  • Camera
  • Sun hat
  • Flip flops
  • Capri Pants
  • Soft shell jacket
  • baby wipes/ wet wipes
  • Bandana
  • Trekking poles with rubber tips (Optional but recommended if you have knee or back problems.)

Guides Provide:

  • Ropes
  • Climbing gear
  • Basic First Aid Kit for the group
  • Stoves and Fuel for Cooking

We have the following available upon request:

  • Demo Helmet
  • Demo Harnesses
  • Demo shoes
  • Coolers
  • Demo Tent
  • Sleeping bags

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