The Matterhorn Switzerland  •  14,692'  •  4478m
Gear List

IMG The Matterhorn 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.

[  ]Boots: Lug-sole leather/synthetic climbing boots. A lined, technical boot is much better than plastic boots for the rock climbing we will do.
[  ]Lightweight trail shoe- we used these for greater comfort approaching some climbing huts
[  ]Socks: 2 changes of heavy wool or synthetic, with liners
[  ]Gaiters, short ankle length are best
[  ]Long underwear: Synthetic or wool tops and bottoms
[  ]Pants: Synthetic stretch climbing pants (Schoeller fabric)
[  ]Rain pants: With ¾ or full length zippers to go on over boots and crampons
[  ]Shirt: Expedition weight synthetic top
[  ]Soft shell jacket
[  ]Rain/wind shell: Waterproof/breathable jacket with hood
[  ]Warm parka: Down or synthetic filled with hood — should NOT be expedition weight. A sewn through down sweater will do nicely.
[  ]Hat: Wool or fleece
[  ]Sun hat
[  ]Gloves — 2 pairs: 1 pair of lightweight, durable, lined, full-leather palm and fingers. 1 pair of insulated, waterproof, with leather palms and fingers.
[  ]Ice axe: 50-55 cm. maximum length. Double check the length of your axe before you arrive. Longer axes are not useful for this itinerary.
[  ]Crampons: 12 point, reasonably sharp
[  ]Climbing harness with gear loops and adjustable leg loops
[  ]Carabiners: three locking
[  ]Belay device such as Black Diamond ATC XP
[  ]Climbing helmet
[  ]Headlamp: Bring an LED headlamp with extra new batteries
[  ]Sunglasses: Very dark, with side shields or wraparound
[  ]Ski goggles: useful on windy summit days
[  ]Water bottles: 2 one-quart, wide mouth, plastic bottles. Option: for the Matterhorn climb, bring a Camelback type hydration bladder that fits in your pack, with a locking bite valve.
[  ]Sun cream: And lip balm, SPF 15 or higher
[  ]Pack: Internal frame pack with capacity of no more than 30 liters (1800 cubic inches). This should be a compact, streamlined pack. No big McKinley packs, please.
[  ]Suggested second pack: 20-25 liter lightweight summit pack for the Matterhorn
[  ]First aid kit: Each individual should carry a small personal first aid kit to meet their personal needs. Consider the following items: aspirin or Tylenol; Ibuprofin; antacid (Pepto Bismol, Rolaids, etc.); Band-Aids; athletic tape; moleskin or Band-Aid Blister Cushions.
[  ]Lightweight toilet kit — toothbrush and toothpaste, earplugs for the hut
[  ]Lightweight silk/cotton/or synthetic sleeping bag liner for the huts

Optional items:
[  ]Rock climbing shoes — nice for bad weather options.
[  ]Hiking shorts
[  ]T-shirts
[  ]Small digital camera
[  ]Neck gaiter or light balaclava