North Cascades Alpine Climbs Washington
Gear List

North Cascades Alpine 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 stretchy nylon pants
[  ]Waterproof/ breathable shell with hood
[  ]Waterproof/ breathable pants (full or ¾ 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
[  ]Mid-weight wool/synthetic socks (one extra change)
[  ]Baseball or sun hat
[  ]Lightweight syntheticT-shirt (for sunny, warm days)

[  ]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
[  ]Single leather/synthetic climbing boots — must be rigid soled and insulated. Single boots are recommended, especially after June.
[  ]Full or ankle length gaiters
[  ]10 or 12 Point crampons, fitted to your boots
[  ]Sunscreen and lip balm (30 spf or higher)
[  ]Ice Axe, 60 or 70 cm. in length, wrist leash is optional
[  ]Climbing harness with adjustable leg loops
[  ]Climbing helmet
[  ]3 Carabiners (One locking pear shaped)
[  ]Adjustable ski or trekking poles with snow baskets
[  ]LED Headlamp with new batteries.
[  ]Dark glasses, UV rated with side shields or wrap around style to protect your eyes fully
[  ]Double lens ski goggles
[  ]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. Your smart phone also works well in this capacity.
[  ]Personal lunch food for each day. Bring a variety of your favorite foods. Include mostly easy to eat snacks for the trail.
[  ]Light toiletries: toothbrush and paste, small roll of t.p., ear plugs (for wind, snorers)
[  ]Personal FA kit to include moleskin, a few Band-Aids, tape, aspirin, Advil, etc. Also consider bringing a water treatment system or water purification tablets and/or insect repellant depending on the season.
[  ]1-2 Large heavy duty plastic garbage bags for wet weather

Included in your fee are dinners and breakfasts for the climb and all group equipment including shared tents, stoves, climbing ropes and snow/ice anchors. Not included is transportation to the trailhead, personal clothing and gear, 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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