Although we boast an extensive gear room for our clients to borrow equipment from for treks, we are always in need of more: medical supplies get used, hiking poles snap, and ponchos tear in frantic attempts to put them on. In addition to the troubles of keeping all of gear in usable condition for both guides and trekkers, we also have difficulties purchasing any replacements in Guatemala due to a lack of proper outdoor recreation stores. The easiest and most cost-efficient means of obtaining new gear is by having people from outside nations travelling to the region bring it with them as either donation or a reimbursable item. Many people who have donated items in the past have easily simply gone to their local outdoor outfitter retail store or pharmacies and ask for donations per our cause.

If you are ever interested in bringing us new gear, office supplies, or equipment, please keep in mind that you will be both benefiting our clients that borrow it the duration of their adventures all whilst aiding in the education & up bring of over 160 children whom our treks directly fund by supplying trekkers with proper gear- not gear fixed with duct tape nor twine.  Happy trekkers leads to more clients, which entails even more income for both EDELAC & Hogar Abierto.

Below is a list of always needed items. Anything you could possibly bring is always much appreciated and we look forward to trekking with you all in the future:

  • Very Desperately and Currently Need:
    Backpacks 60L+
    Sunscreen SPF35+
    Pegs for tents
    Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks
    Hiking Poles
    Heavy Duty, reusable Ponchos (not rain jackets)
    Athletic/climbing tape
  • Always Needed, Gear:
    Warm Gloves
    Sleeping Mats
    Bug Spray
    Small Gardening Shovels
  • Always Needed, Office Supplies:
    Ballpoint Pens
    Duct Tape
    Paper Clips
    Dry Erase Markers
  • Always Needed, Medical:
    Band-aids (all sizes)
    Ace Wrap
    Ibuprofen (Advil)
    Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    Loratadine or Benadryl (Allergy Medications)
    Dramamine (Motion Sickness Medications)
    Imodium (Anti-diarrheal)
    Ankle & Knee Supports
    Re-hydration Packets
  • Climbing Gear:
    If you think you will be bringing climbing gear for donation, please email us for specifications & currently needed bolts, ropes, or shoes sizes. In addition, much of the climbing materials we can will provide you direct links (you do not need to know anything about climbing to buy as a result) to the exact product and are more than willing to reimburse you for items. It is simply much easier to get gear outside of Guatemala and transported here through you.

If there is anything not on the aforementioned list that you could possibly bring us, please do not hesitate to email us at with any and all inquiries.