Climbing Gears

by | Nov 1, 2020 | The 10 Summits | 0 comments

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Below is my list of climbing gears.

I’m having money to buy all of it, one by one.

It’s great if you can recommend me some great shop to buy.

Equipment

Hardware quantities depend on route.

  • Climbing pack
  • Rope(s) (dry preferred)
  • Helmet
  • Harness (with adjustable leg loops)
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe (with leash)
  • Belay/rappel device
  • Pulley
  • Locking carabiners
  • Nonlocking carabiners
  • Runners–singles and doubles
  • Prusik cords
  • Hand protection (athletic tape, gloves)
  • Snow protection gear
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Headlamp * (plus a spare)
  • Extra batteries * (kept near your body)

For Technical or Mixed Routes:

  • Nuts
  • Nut extraction tool
  • Hexes
  • Ice tools (with leashes)
  • Ice screws
  • Camming devices

Crevasse Rescue Gear:

  • Snow picket
  • Slings (single- and double-length)
  • (2) Lightweight pulleys
  • 20 ft. of 5-7mm accessory cords (to make prusik slings)

Navigation

Navigation * is one of the Ten Essentials systems. If you use a GPS (or GPS app on your phone), you also need a map and compass as an emergency backup.

  • Map * (inside a waterproof sleeve)
  • Compass *
  • Route description or guidebook *
  • Wands
  • Altimeter watch *
  • GPS *
  • Satellite messenger and/or personal locator beacon
  • Cellphone
  • Battery pack or a solar panel for charging phone and/or GPS

Overnight Gear

  • Mountaineering tent
  • Sleeping bag (rated appropriately)
  • Sleeping pads (1 foam + 1 inflatable to deal with severe cold)

Mountain Kitchen

  • Backpacking stove
  • Fuel
  • Cookset
  • Dishes/bowls
  • Eating utensils
  • Insulated mug/cup
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Small quick-dry towel
  • Collapsible water container

Food & Water

  • Water bottles and/or reservoir *
  • Water filter/purifier or chemical treatment *
  • Meals
  • Energy food and drinks (bars, gels, chews, trail mix, drink mix)
  • Hot drink mix
  • Extra day’s supply of food *

Clothing & Footwear

Pack extra dry clothes * beyond those required for the trip.

  • Long underwear
  • Underwear; sports bra (if needed)
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirt
  • Mountaineering pants
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for sun, bugs)
  • Lightweight fleece or jacket
  • Boots (crampon-compatible)
  • Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Insulated/down or synthetic booties for camp wear
  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)
  • Warm insulated jacket or vest
  • Fleece pants
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat
  • Bandana or Buff
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Gaiters (for rainy, snowy or muddy conditions

Emergency & First Aid

One of the Ten Essentials is an emergency shelter.

Even if you’re carrying a tent with you, you should have an emergency shelter in case you have to sleep overnight away from your basecamp.

  • First-aid kit or first-aid supplies * (see first-aid checklist)
  • Whistle
  • Signaling mirror
  • Lighter/matches (in waterproof container) *
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire) *
  • Emergency shelter *
  • Two itineraries: 1 left with friend + 1 under car seat

Health & Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer/wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Toilet paper and sealable bag (to pack it out)
  • Menstrual products
  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription glasses

Sun and bug protection:

  • Sunglasses + sunglasses straps and/or goggles (better for high winds) *
  • Sunscreen * (apply liberally)
  • SPF-rated lip balm *
  • Sun hat *
  • Nose guard (strip of fabric that covers the top of the nose)
  • Insect repellent

Optional:

  • Urinary products
  • Additional blister treatment supplies

Tools & Repair Items

  • Knife * or multi-tool *
  • Repair kit for mattress, stove *
  • Duct tape strips

Personal Extras

All of the following items are optional, and you’ll need to decide how much you’re willing to carry if you decide to bring one or more of them along.

  • Outdoor journal with pen/pencil
  • Book/reading material
  • Cards or games
  • Compact binoculars
  • Two-way radios
  • Insulated sit pad
  • Handwarmer packets
  • Permits
  • Credit card and/or cash
  • ID
  • Car keys

Credit: Thanks to Mountaineering Checklist and Ten Essentials for this useful post.

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