ExperienceOlympic maintains a registered Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) allowing for 911 satellite communication. We are therefore not dependent on cell phone coverage, which can be inconsistent on the Olympic Peninsula. The ExperienceOlympic vehicle comes equipped with a first aid kit, tire chains (during the winter), and other emergency equipment. Your hiking guide carries the PLB in their backpack along with an additional first aid kit and has Wilderness First Responder training.
Olympic National Park weather can change rapidly and many people are caught unprepared. ExperienceOlympic has extra clothing on hand, which includes warm jackets, rain jackets, gaiters, hats, and gloves. Hiking is made safer, especially during seasonal icy and snowy terrain, with the use of hiking/ski poles, shoe traction devices, and snowshoes.
Read more about small and local Olympic Peninsula tour operator ExperienceOlympic.
Bring good shoes, wool-blend socks, and sunglasses
Part of the reason ExperienceOlympic ecotours are rated excellent is because of the equipment we are able to provide to the traveling hiker or naturalist. We have created a more comprehensive list of items to help you pack for hiking in Olympic National Park but we can take care of many of the items on this longer list.
Do not wear cotton clothing if there is a chance of rain or snow
Wear hiking boots or the most supportive shoes you own
Please bring sunglasses
Additionally, please be prepared to carry a minimum of a liter of water.
Long hikes, snowshoeing and tidepooling tours
Do not wear cotton clothing (especially jeans)
Wear hiking boots with full ankle support
Bring extra wool-blend (non-cotton) socks.
Wear wool or synthetic (nylon) pants
Parents of young children
Please bring age-appropriate outdoor gear for your young naturalilsts as we might not have appropriate sized equipment, especially for children under the age of six.
ExperienceOlympic tour gear we provide on inclusive tours
ExperienceOlympic provides personal use of stainless-steel water bottles, fixed "hiking" ski poles, shoe traction devices, snowshoes, and a torso pack or backpack. Additional ExperienceOlympic tour gear we bring includes backpack rain covers, various-sized raincoats, fleece jackets, fleece hats, ball caps, gaiters, and gloves. It is important to have multiple layers of clothing and the concept of what we mean by "layers" is described in more detail in how to pack for Olympic National Park hiking.
Wildlife viewing on ExperienceOlympic inclusive tours
You will love use of optics! Our relatively lightweight binoculars are 8 x 42, waterproof, excellent close-focus capability, and come equipped with a shoulder harness for enhanced comfort while hiking (lack of neck strain). Personal use of high-power binoculars can be a transformative wildlife viewing experience and an exciting addition to your ExperienceOlympic tour gear. Additionally, we are proud to carry around a spotting scope to make you feel closer to wildlife ideally seen from far away (like mountain goats). We do not bring optics on snowshoeing or tidepooling tours. Additionally, we generally do not to carry the spotting scope on long-distance hikes.
ExperienceOlympic Tour of Olympic National Park, Port Angles WA 98362 is always looking to improve our tours with additional "loaner" tour gear.