Gear Care

We want the Gear Library equipment to be available and in good shape for years to come. The better the gear is used & maintained, the more adventures it can support.

Please review our updated, COVID-19 specific Gear Care Guidelines for an outline of the expectations.  Feel free to contact GOL! staff if you are unsure about how to return specific items and need clarification.

  • Returning soft goods (clothing & sleeping bags): Please do NOT wash these items before returning them as we usually ask you to do.  The Gear Library will wash/disinfect all soft goods upon return.
  • Returning kitchen kits and dishes: Please DO wash all dishes and kitchen kit items before returning.  The Gear Library will disinfect these items upon return.
  • Returning all other equipment (sleeping pads, tents, backpacks, bikes, etc.): Please wipe off dirt, empty all pockets, and return clean and dry.  The Gear Library will disinfect items upon return.

Treat the GOL! gear better than your own so this resource can be sustained for the community!

We reserve the right to revoke membership if it appears gear care guidelines are not being followed, including state of gear upon its return.

When Something Goes Wrong

Accidents happen to the best of us, and normal wear-n-tear is expected. Mindful use and ongoing care goes a long way to keeping gear in good shape. Please treat gear like (or better!) than your own, so we can sustain this community resource.

If gear is lost or damaged to the point beyond which it can reasonably be repaired, GOL! reserves the right to charge borrowers for its replacement. See the Gear Replacement Costs (in Spanish here) sheet for details. Similarly, if repair is required, we may need to pass along the associated cost and reserve the right to do so, as outlined in the membership agreement.

When gear is damaged during use, please alert us so that we can address it as soon as possible.

Program Partner members, please refer to your specific membership agreement for additional guidance & borrowing requirements.