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!
- 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
- Windbreaker/Fleece Jacket – Ex: Mammut Ultimate Alpine Hoody
- Hiking Pants – Ex: Courmayeur Advanced Pants
- Waterproof/breathable 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.
- Waterproof/breathable Jacket – Requires a helmet-compatible hood.
- Insulated Parka – 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 potential 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.
- 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
*Rental Equipment is available and must be requested 7 days in advance
- 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 – Ideally with vertical front points. Examples are the Black Diamond Cyborg and Stinger.
- Ice Axe – 50 to 65cm long. For example, Black Diamond’s Raven.
- Climbing Harness – PROVIDED ON REQUEST Alpine-style, for example, the Edelrid Huascaran
- Carabiners – PROVIDED ON REQUEST 1 non-locking, 2 locking
- Climbing Helmet – PROVIDED ON REQUEST For example, the Edelrid Zodiac.
- Climbing Pack – 20-30 liters
- Belay Device – Plate-style device
- Rappel Extension– 48” sewn sling.
- Technical Ice Tools – Two curved ice-climbing tools like the Black Diamond Cobra’s are great for alpine ice.
- Spinner leashes – To minimize the consequences of accidentally dropping a tool
- Trekking Poles with Snow Baskets – Highly recommended for saving energy and your knees.
- Insulated Parka – 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.)