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!
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
General mountaineering 10-12 point crampons with either straps. Rigid ice climbing crampons are not recommended for the mountaineering section of the course. We will have ice climbing crampons available to try out for the day of ice climbing
The length depends roughly on your height and intended use. For general mountaineering, the axe should hang a few inches above the ground when held comfortably in your hand. Ex. A 5'10" person would have a 70cm axe
Look for a lightweight alpine climbing harness.
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.
Lightweight Hiking Boots or Approach Shoes
Mid top or high top preferable, but low tops will work
An internal frame backpack 28-45 liters in size. Ice axe loops on the outside are a good feature
Rated 10 deg to 20 deg is ideal. Down or synthetic, but down is much lighter and a better performer. 850 fill down performs much better than 650 fill.
Either closed cell or inflatable
Headlamp (with extra batteries)
2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles
Full Wrap Sunglasses or Glacier Glasses
They must be dark lens full wrap or glacier glasses with side shields. Visible light transmission should be around 6%. By comparison, driving sunglasses have around 20% visible light transmission which is not appropriate.
Clothing for Climbing
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
Mid-weight to Heavy-weight Long Underwear Base Layer
Synthetic or Wool.
2-3 Synthetic Short Sleeve T-shirts
Synthetic or wool
2-3 Midweight Long Underwear Base Layer Top
Synthetic or wool
Insulating Layer - Lightweight
Fleece or wool
Down or synthetic fill puffy parka with a hood. Down is lighter.
Wool or synthetic
Sun Hat or Ball Cap
3 Pairs Socks
Mid weight to heavy weight wool or synthetic socks. If you normally use liners then bring them also
Insulated Glove - Heavy Weight
Water resistant & wind proof and highly insulated
These do not have to be water resistant. Fleece or soft shell is fine
Clothing for Travel
A selection of cotton clothing such as shorts, pants, collared shirts, t-shirts, underwear, etc. for travel and in-town. (We will be going out to some good restaurants)
Other Important Items
30 SPF or higher
15 SPF or higher
A small amount
Small Personal Kit
Personal medications, Toothbrush, Small amount of toothpaste, blister kit, etc. (the guide will have a full first aid kit)
Pocket sized is best
Foam Ear Plugs
For wind and hut noise
We reserve the right to refuse services to any client deemed inadequately prepared at the meeting point.