Portaledge Overnighter

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Take your camping to new heights with our portaledge overnighter. At Apex, our guides will take you on the unique experience of sleeping on the side of a cliff overnight on these vertical camping systems. Portaledge camping used to be something only big wall rock climbers got to experience, but not any more. Prepare for one of Vail’s most exciting adventures!


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  • Waterproof shell
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom(thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear top (medium)
  • Midlayer top and bottom
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Finger belay gloves
  • Medium weight warm gloves
  • Extra Socks (synthetic base) 
  • Head Lamp
  • Lightweight warm sleeping bag (20 Degree) 
  • Closed Cell foam pad
  • Tennis shoes or trail shoes for approach hike
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  •  3 liters of water per person (3 Nalgene’s) 
  • Five freezer size zip locks bags
  • Toilet paper bag (bags/toilet paper for waste disposal)  
  • Food (2 [mountain house] freeze dried meals)/Snacks (base off of your own caloric needs)
  • Electrolyte drink mix for 2 of 3 liters of water 
  • Eating Utensil(s)
  • Day backpack (30 to 45 Liters)


  •  Buff for sun protection
  •  Sun Hat
  •  Chalk Bag
  • Instant Coffee
  • Inflatable camp pillow
  • Extra inflatable sleeping pad


  • Porta-ledge
  • Harnesses
  • Climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Proper climbing hardware
    • PAS or double length nylon runner
    • Belay Device
    • 3 locking carabiners

I recently went out with Apex Mountain School to try out one of their new trips. On the Portaledge overnight camping trip, I had the most incredible time. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is wanting to experience a trip of a lifetime. A huge shout out to our guide Scott and photographer Devon. 10 out of 10!!

Alysa F