Equipment List: Overnight Alpine Climbs – Entry-level

Use this equipment list for overnight alpine climbs described as entry-level, except climbs of Mount Hood. It should also be used for the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier.

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 do not have the appropriate gear. Please arrive at your meet-time and location dressed for the activity. There will be time for questions and adjustments.

Clothing

  • 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.)
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Headlamp – For alpine starts
  • Personal First Aid Kit – Moleskin, ibuprofen, aspirin, antacids, personal prescriptions, band-aids.

Technical Climbing Gear

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Climbing Harness – Alpine-style, for example, the Black Diamond Couloir
  • Carabiners – 1 non-locking, 1 locking
  • Climbing Helmet – For example, the Black Diamond Half Dome.

Camping Gear

  • Overnight Pack – 40-50 liters. For example, Black Diamond Speed or Epic
  • Bowl, Spoon, & Cup
  • Sleeping Pad – For example, Therm-a-rest’s NeoAir
  • Sleeping Bag – Rated 0-30 degrees, with compression stuff sack
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, eyewear, etc.
  • Ear Plugs – If you don’t bring them you can’t complain!
  • 1 Gallon Ziploc bag – 2-3
  • Garbage Bags1-2 compactor bags.