International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Cascades School and Custom Climbs


Cascades School and Custom Climbs with International Mountain Guides

Cascades School and Custom Climbs Gear List

This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear for a mountaineering expedition. Most items are required. Please consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled by the expedition organizer. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear.

[  ]Long underwear top and bottom (light or medium weight)
[  ]Expedition weight long underwear top
[  ]Soft shell or Fleece jacket
[  ]Climbing pant - dense weave nylon (Schoeller fabric) pants
[  ]Waterproof/ breathable shell with hood
[  ]Waterproof/ breathable pants (full side zips preferred)
[  ]Warm, roomy down or synthetic jacket with hood
[  ]Wool or fleece hat
[  ]insulated climbing or ski gloves
[  ]Light fleece or synthetic gloves
[  ]Heavy wool or synthetic socks with liners (one extra change)
[  ]Baseball or sun cap
[  ]T-shirt
[  ]Hiking shorts

[  ]Full size internal frame pack, 5000 to 6000 cubic inches
[  ]Sleeping bag with compression stuff sack, rated to at least 20 degrees F.
[  ]Sleeping pad
[  ]Plastic mountaineering boots or single leather/synthetic climbing boots- must be rigid soled and insulated. Single boots are best for later summer, after June.
[  ]Full length gaiters
[  ]10 or 12 Point crampons, fitted to your boots
[  ]Sunscreen and lip balm
[  ]Ice Axe, 60 or 70 cm. in length, with wrist leash
[  ]Climbing harness with adjustable leg loops.
[  ]Climbing helmet
[  ]3 Carabiners (One locking pear shaped)
[  ]One sewn webbing sling or tied 7mm prussik loop (approx. 24" diameter)
[  ]24' of 6mm Perlon accessory cord
[  ]Adjustable ski poles
[  ]LED Headlamp with new batteries.
[  ]Dark glasses, UV rated with side shields
[  ]Double lens ski goggles or spare glasses
[  ]Two wide-mouth plastic water bottles, 1 liter capacity
[  ]Pocket knife
[  ]Plastic bowl, plastic insulated mug, spoon
[  ]Digital camera. The smaller and more convenient the camera the more opportunity you will have to photograph during the climb.
[  ]Personal lunch food for each day. Bring a variety of your favorite foods. Include easy to eat snacks for the trail..
[  ]Light toiletries: toothbrush and paste, small roll of t.p., ear plugs for sleeping
[  ]Personal FA kit to include moleskin, a few Band-Aids, tape, aspirin, Advil, etc. Also consider bringing a water treatment system and/or insect repellant depending on the season.
[  ]1-2 Large heavy duty plastic garbage bags.

Included in your fee are dinners and breakfasts for the climb and all group equipment including shared tents, stoves, climbing ropes and hardware. Not included is transportation to the trailhead, lodging the evening prior to the start of the climb or the last night of the trip, or meals other than breakfasts and dinners on the program.

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Recommended Gear

Confused by what exactly we mean on some of the listed gear, or wondering which brands might be better? See the IMG Recommended Gear Page »

IMG is proud to feature our partnership with Mountain Gear, and we recommend them for your equipment requirements. IMG climbers get 5% off when they click through here to access Mountain Gear's Online Store or call 800-829-2009 and use code: 0IMG (zeroIMG)

In short, you run incredible expeditions to the degree that if all the 'clients' out there climb with you just once... all the other outfits will go out of business. And when people ask me how many people were on the trip, I don't say 3 guides and 9 clients, I say we had a team of 12. And that is very important. Thanks again...
~Brian S.
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