Climbing Equipment


Ice Axe w/Leash  General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5'7" use a 60cm tool; 5'7"- 6'1" use a 65cm tool; over 6'1" use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long).

Crampons A combination heel bail/toe strap is a more universal system than a heel and toe bail system. We strongly recommend crampons with anti-balling plates

Alpine Climbing Harness plus two locking carabiners  Harness should fit over all clothing, have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in. Make sure you can get into the harness without having to step through any part of it.


Double Plastic Climbing Boots or Non-plastic double climbing boots  Good quality climbing boot with a removable inner boot. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks. Comfort is key in buying boots. Spend a little extra time walking around the store or take them home and wear them around your house to make sure the fit is right. A little big is always better than a little small. In mid-season (approximately July 15 - August 31) one can use non-plastic 'technical' mountaineering boots. (Do not bring crampon compatible leather hiking boots! You may be asked to rent a pair of our plastic boots)

Gaiters. Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being too tight around the boot. No lightweight hiking gaiters.

 Wool or Synthetic Sock

2 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with plastic boots.


2 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.


Technical Clothing

 Synthetic Short Underwear.

  2-3 Pairs of NON-Cotton short style underwear. (boxers, briefs, panties, bras etc.) Amount based on personal preference.

 Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )

  1 top & 2 pair bottoms (2nd pair bottoms optional), synthetic or Merino wool. No Cotton.

M | W

 Mediumweight Long Underwear Shirt ( M | W ). Zip-T- neck top allows more ventilation options.

M | W


Heavyweight Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )  This jacket will be worn over your other layers and underneath your shell jacket.

M | W


Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). These non-insulated pants can be worn everyday during the climb as they are more versatile than fleece.

M | W


Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood ( M | W )  We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.

M | W


Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )  Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers preferred because it allows easy removal of pants, 7/8th zippers allowed but is more difficult to remove pants. No short 1/2 length, or short lower leg zippers allowed as it is difficult to put pants on when crampons are already on.

M | W


Lightweight Insulated Jacket w/ hood ( M | W ). Lightweight down or synthetic jacket. The jacket is worn during breaks or climbing in extremely cold weather.

M | W


 Warm Lightweight synthetic/wool hat. Both the hat and the balaclava should be able to fit under the helmet. Hat should cover ears.


 BalaclavaLook for a simple lightweight model. Provides protection around the neck and face. Climbers can use a buff instead of a balaclava (but we still prefer a balaclava).


 Baseball Cap or other Sun Hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic (quick dry)


 Bandana. To shade the neck. (Optional)


Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).  Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers and leashes. No more than 10% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses - it is a good idea to have these with "photo-gray" or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber).



Ski Goggles, 1 pair. Dark 100% UV & IR. Goggles are used instead of glacier glasses when weather turns severe.



 Lightweight Synthetic Liner Gloves

  1 Pair. To wear alone on very sunny days for hand protection or as a layering piece with your Shell mitts.



Soft Shell Gloves  1 Pair. This glove is usually worn alone and during times when the shell mitts would be too warm. This glove can have a light shell exterior.



Shell Mitts w/ insulated removable liners  Waterproof, breathable shell material. We recommend that the insulation in your mitts can be removed in order to dry faster. Make sure that you can wear your Lightweight Synthetic Liner gloves inside the mitts. Shell gloves “ski gloves” can substitute for mitts during the later part of the climbing season.


Personal Equipment


Expedition Backpack  Internal frame pack expandable to a minimum of 80L (5,000 Keep simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers.



Sleeping Bag  (High quality with hood rated to at least 20°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. If you sleep cold bring a warmer bag. Your bag needs to be long enough that your feet are not pressing out the foot box which will make you colder. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.


 Compression Stuff Sack for reducing volume. Necessary to reduce volume when packing a sleeping bag.



Self-Inflating pad  One 3/4 or full length pad. Make sure to include a valve stem and patch repair kit.



Closed Cell Foam Pad    One full length closed cell is recommended.



Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets  Snow baskets are required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack, traveling on uneven terrain or if you have knee problems. Collapsible three section pole preferred.


 Cup16oz. plastic mug with lid (retains heat well and is spill-resistant in the tent).


 Spoon. Good quality tough plastic (lexan).


 Bowl2-cup capacity with lid. We recommend a collapsible or packable bowl to help save space in your backpack.



Headlamp    If batteries are brand new spare batteries are not required. LED headlamps preferred due to their low bulk, long battery and bulb life. Spare bulbs not necessary for LED lights.




  SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes. Note: Sunscreen older than 6 months loses half of its SPF rating, make sure that you have new sunscreen.


 Lipscreen. SPF 30, at least 2 sticks. Make sure your lipscreen is new.


 Water Bottles

  2 or 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. Waterbottles need to be leak proof.


 Waste Kit(2 Units) Multiple use kit used to transport personal waste off the mountain and can be placed in regular trash receptacle.

 Toiletry Bag.

  Include toilet paper (no more that one roll stored in plastic bag), alcohol hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste. Do not include soap, shampoo, deodorant, or cosmetics.

  Small Personal First-Aid Kit 

   Aspirin, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medications.


 Trash Compactor bags (3).

  To line stuff sacks and pack. Trash Compactor bags are made from a heavier plastic.

 Camera gear: Optional. Keep it simple and light. Disposable and digital cameras also work well.



 Travel Clothes. A set of clean clothes is nice to have to change into after the trip.