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. Please answer the Gear Request Question in your reservation terminal to advise us 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

Technical Gear

Crampons *

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.

Harness *

A comfortable rock climbing style harness works best.

Helmet *

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.

Other Gear


You need a highly insulated stiff mountaineering boot. Either a leather or double plastic boot. Regular hiking boots wont do.

Backpack *

An internal frame backpack 28-45liters in size. Ice axe loops on the outside are a good feature

Our recommendations
Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack

Headlamp *

Our recommendations:
Black Diamond Spot

2 One Liter Wide Mouth Water Bottles *

Our recommendations:
Tritan Water Bottle

Full Wrap Sunglasses

Our recommendations:
Julbo Venturi 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

Insulated Parka

Down or synthetic fill puffy parka, preferably with a hood. Down is lighter.

Warm Hat

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

Our recommendations:
Outdoor Research Crocodiles

Other Important Items


30 SPF or higher

Lip Balm

15 SPF or higher

Toilet Paper

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.