Ice Climbing Courses
All of the items listed below are required and It is extremely important to the success and safety of your course that you bring them all. Weather conditions can vary dramatically and you must be prepared!
The items noted with a * can be provided at no cost by IAG/CAG as noted and are subject to availability. You must notify us no later than 7 days before your trip of any gear you require from us.
On the left are the items you will need and on the right are some examples and recommendations from our guides. The recommended items represent some of the best gear and clothing in each category that we use ourselves, but you may find other items that will also be appropriate.
Any questions give us a call at: 877-686-2546
Rigid ice climbing crampons are best, but general mountaineering crampons work as well. We will have a selection of crampons to try out.
Ice Tools *
We generally recommend leashless ice tools these days. We will have a selection of tools for you to use.
A comfortable rock climbing style harness works best.
A climbing specific helmet is required, a bike helmet will not do. There are some very comfortable lightweight helmets on the market now.
Adjustable Ski Poles *
Must have the larger snow baskets... no small trekking baskets.
You need a highly insulated stiff mountaineering boot. Either a leather or double plastic boot. Regular hiking boots wont do.
An internal frame backpack 28-45liters in size. Ice axe loops on the outside are a good feature
2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles *
Full Wrap Sunglasses
For clothing, we emphasize a layering system in which we put on and take off layers of clothing depending on the outside temperature and the level of activity.
Outer Waterproof Shell Jacket (hard shell) with Hood
A waterproof & breathable shell jacket with no additional insulation sewn in. Lightweight is better.
Outer Waterproof Shell Pant
Must be waterproof & breathable with side zippers.
Climbing Pant (soft shell)
A lighter weight non-waterproof pant that breathes much better than waterproof pants. This is what you will probably be wearing most of the time
Midweight Long Underwear Baselayer
Synthetic or Wool.
Midweight Long Underwear Baselayer Top
Synthetic or wool
Insulating Layer - Lightweight
Fleece or wool
Down or synthetic fill puffy parka, preferably with a hood. Down is lighter.
Wool or synthetic
2 Pairs Socks
Mid weight to heavy weight wool or synthetic socks. If you normally use liners then bring them also
Insulated Glove - Mid Weight to Heavy Weight
Water resistant & wind proof and highly insulated
Calf to Knee Length Gaiters
Other Important Items
30 SPF or higher
15 SPF or higher
A small amount
Pocket sized is best
Lunch Food & Snacks
You must bring your own lunch food and snacks for all the days. Bring a blend of protein and carbohydrates. Examples: bagels, cheese, jerky, meats, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate etc. Processed energy bars are also good, but best to limit them and eat whole foods as well. Cheeses and dried meats will keep many days in the backcountry. But mostly you want to bring food you like and will eat while working hard.
For all your gear needs we recommend Moosejaw. They have a huge selection of all the gear you'll need and offer fast free shipping.
We reserve the right to refuse services to any client deemed inadequately prepared at the meeting point.