We have selected the following gear list with great care. All items are required and your guide has the responsibility to turn you back if you are not prepared. Please call or email us if you have any questions.
Please arrive at your meet-time and location dressed, packed and ready to go. There will be time for questions and last minute changes, if needed.
Bring all of the required items on this equipment list!
Clothing – Required on Every Program
- Underwear – Wool or synthetic
- Socks – Wool or synthetic. Some people like a thinner wool sock with a liners. Bring 2-3 pairs for overnight trips.
- Long Underwear – Medium weight tops and bottoms.
- T-shirt – Synthetic, quick-drying
- Lightweight Fleece Shirt – For example, the Patagonia R1 Hoody
- Softshell Jacket – Ex: Mammut Ultimate Alpine Hoody
- Softshell Pants – Courmayeur Advanced Pants
- Shell Pants – Waterproof, breathable pants with a full-length side-zipper for putting on over boots when the weather gets severe. Gore-Tex is one such material used by many manufacturers.
- Shell jacket – Requires a helmet-compatible hood.
- Insulated jacket – Required, with a helmet-compatible hood and either down or Primaloft insulation. For example, Mammut’s Rime Pro Jacket. (Micro-puff jackets are too light for expected conditions.)
- *This item IS available for rent
- Lightweight Gloves – Windproof gloves, for warmer conditions. For example, the Black Diamond Arc
- Mediumweight Gloves – Lightly insulated. For example, Black Diamond’s Kingpin glove.
- Heavyweight Waterproof Gloves – For example, Black Diamond Guide Glove
- Warm Hat – Wool or synthetic, and snug enough to wear under a helmet.
- Buff, or Balaclava – Protection from wind, cold and sun.
- Sun Hat – The more coverage the better.
- Gaiters – For soft, slushy snow conditions. OR brand work best over plastic mountaineering boots.
Personal Gear – Required on Every Program
- Lunch/Snacks – 1 lb per day of a variety of tasty, high energy foods
- Water Bottles – Two 1-liter bottles required. No bladders
- Water Bottle Parkas (optional) – For early-season and overnight climbs
- Sunglasses or Glacier Glasses – Should be high-quality, dark, large and fit snugly or have side-shields.
- Ski Goggles – Clear or light in color, in case of blowing snow.
- Sun Block – SPF 30 or higher
- Lip Balm – SPF 15 or higher
- Toilet Paper – Just in case! Blue bags will be available at most trailheads.
- Personal First Aid Kit – Moleskin, ibuprofen, aspirin, antacids, personal prescriptions, band-aids.
Technical Climbing Gear – Required on Every Program
*Rental Equipment is available
- Mountaineering boots – Full-shank, insulated, waterproof mountaineering boots are required for all of our climbs. For example, La Sportiva Nepal Evo, Scarpa Phantom Guide. Koflach Degre and Scarpa Inverno are available for rent.
- Crampons – 10 or 12-point, steel crampons. Aluminum crampons aren’t suitable for typical steep climbing in the Cascades. Examples are the Black Diamond Sabretooth and Serac.
- Ice Axe – 50 to 65cm long. For example, Black Diamond’s Raven.
- Climbing Harness – PROVIDED ON REQUEST Alpine-style, for example, the Black Diamond Couloir
- Carabiners – PROVIDED ON REQUEST 1 non-locking, 1 locking
- Climbing Helmet – PROVIDED ON REQUEST For example, the Black Diamond Half Dome.
- Climbing Pack – 25-40 liters (Not required on overnight programs)
- Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets – Highly recommended for saving energy and your knees.
- Insulated jacket – Required, with a helmet-compatible hood and either down or Primaloft insulation. For example, Mammut’s Rime Pro Jacket. (Micro-puff jackets are too light for expected conditions)
Alpine Skills Courses – Optional Gear
- Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Kit: 4’ loop of 6mm cord, 20’ loop of 6mm cord, 3 locking carabiners, 3 non-locking carabiners, plate-style belay device
- Anchors and Belaying Kit: 48” double-length sewn sling, plate-style belay device
- Optional Kit: Snow picket, ice screw, tibloc.