Equipment List: Ski Mountaineering

Use this equipment list is for the following trips: Ski Mountaineering Clinic, Glacier Skiing, Ski Descent of Mount Hood, Ski Circumnavigation of Mount Hood.

You must have all the items on this list at your climber orientation regardless of season or forecast. Please call us if you have any questions. Your guide will not let you climb if you don’t have appropriate gear. Please arrive at your meet-time dressed for the activity. There will be time for questions and adjustments.


  • Light or medium weight long underwear top – Polypropylene or Capilene
  • Light or medium weight long underwear bottom – Polypropylene or Capilene
  • Lightweight fleece or softshell Jacket
  • Down or synthetic insulated jacket
  • Waterproof/breathable (Gore-tex or equivalent) pants or bibs
  • Waterproof/breathable (Gore-tex or equivalent) shell jacket with hood
  • Warm socks – wool or wool/synthetic blend
  • 1 Medium weight pair of gloves
  • 1 Heavy waterproof pair gloves or mittens
  • Heavy polar fleece or wool hat – must come down over the ears
  • Polar fleece neck gaiter or balaclava


  • Ski Pack – 30-45 liter. For example, Ortovox Peak 45.
  • Sun visor or ball cap
  • Good quality sunglasses or glacier glasses, preferably with side shields
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun block & lip crème (SPF 15 or more)
  • Toilet paper
  • 2  1qt water bottles
  • Lunch and snacks for each day
  • Cell phone/camera


  • Telemark skis, randonee skis or splitboard – please adjust your binding to your boots prior to the course
  • Touring ski boots / snowboard boots
  • Ski poles
  • Climbing skins – please cut your skins to match your skis prior to the course
  • Ski crampons – must be compatible with your touring binding, and ski width


    • Avalanche transceiver – must have good batteries
    • Shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Ski Pack – 30-45 liter, For example, Ortovox Peak 45.

Camping gear – only for overnight ski camps

  • Headlamp
  • Eating utensils (bowl, spoon, & cup)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag – down or synthetic (rated 0 to 20 degrees F)
  • 60 Liter overnight pack – required to have ice axe and crampon attachments (bring this instead of the ski pack noted above)