Gear Lists

Gear required for all courses

  • Navigation (map & compass or GPS)
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm)
  • Head lamp
  • Personal first aid kit -- the class carries large group kits on every outing, but you will want your own small collection of simple first aid supplies
  • Lighter or waterproof matches
  • Insulating synthetic or down jacket
  • Shell type rain jacket(waterproof recommended)
  • Food and snacks for class sessions and outings
  • Hiking pants
  • Baselayer shirt
  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer

Rock Climbing 1

  • Hiking boots or Approach shoes
  • Climbing shoes
  • Well-fitting harness (rock or alpine)
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 3-4 regular carabiners
  • Personal Anchor system
  • Belay/Rappel device (ATC recommended)

Rock Climbing 2

  • All items for Rock Climbing 1 Course
  • Nut Tool (recommended but not required)

Snow Travel 1

  • Waterproof boots - leather or synthetic mountaineering boots recommended
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Ice Axe
  • Gaiters
  • Good synthetic or wool socks
  • Long underwear top and bottom
  • Water-proof mittens or gloves, synthetic over-mitts are an option too
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Blue bags
  • Wool or synthetic cap
  • Dark Sunglasses (Glacier glasses recommended)

Snow Travel 2

  • All items for Snow Travel 1 Course
  • Leather or synthetic mountaineering boots strongly recommended. Plastic boots are also an option.
  • Overnight pack (60-65L is recommended)
  • Sleeping Bag (recommended temperature rating depends on preference, 20F-0F is common)
  • Sleeping pad, 4+ R-value for sleeping on snow recommended
  • Foam Pad
  • Tent - 3 season, 1-2 person recommended.
  • Shovel -- one collapsible avalanche shovel
  • Stove, cookware, bowl, spoon
  • Trekking poles- not required, but they are very nice
  • Crampons- optional
  • Food and Snacks for overnight trip