Matterhorn Gear List And Rental Form

Gear List
• Every item on the gear list below is needed for your climb. You can use the Gear Lexicon to get a better sense of definitions and possible substitutions.
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Rental Form
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Gear Lexicon
We offer you an encyclopedia of mountaineering gear with definitions of use. This list is NOT trip specific and to be used as a reference and planning tool.

Alpine Ascents Gear Shop
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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

Climbing Equipment

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  Hybrid Ice Axe
  A hybrid mountaineering ice axe is requied for the Matterhorn.  For climbers joining Mont Blanc the same axe used on Mont Blanc will suffice.  A 57cm tool is generally appropriate. (Too short is preferable to too long).  Leashes are not recommended for this program.  The Petzl Sum'tec, Petzl Summit, Black Diamond Venom are good technical mountain axes that are lightweight.
Ice Axe

With flat rather than 'cookie cutter' frame rails. Your crampons should be steel, not aluminum for strength and durability. A combination heel bail/toe strap is a more universal system than a heel and toe bail system. Anti-balling plates are required.

Climbing helmet. Must be adjustable to fit with or without warm headwear.

Light Alpine Climbing Harness
  Harness should fit over all clothing, have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in. Make sure you can get into the harness without having to step through any part of it.  A harness with a belay loop is requried.  Black Diamond Couloir harness is lightweight and comes with a belay loop.
Climbing Harness

    Rappel/Belay Device  
      1 device that is tube style which allows for a wide variety of uses as opposed to a figure-8 style.
Belay Device

  Locking carabiners (2) and Non-Locking carabiners (2)
  2 Large carabiners designed to be used in conjunction with a harness.  Auto-lockers are not recommend as they can be difficult to undo with gloves on in the cold.

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets.
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.  Models that collapse down small and can fit inside your backpack are ideal.  Black Diamond Distance FL Trekking Pole, and Ulta Mountain FL Trekking Pole.
Trekking Poles


    Technical Leather Mountaineering Boots
  As much of the Matterhorn climb is on rock, a technical mountaineering boot with a 3/4 shank is required.  These boots are specifically designed for this type of climbing and can often make the difference during a summit bid.  We recommend models  such as the La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX, Trango Cube, or the Mammut Magic GTX.  Crampon-compatibility and waterproofness are a must. Avoid too-tight a fit with heavy socks. 
Leather Climbing Boots

Gaiters. Your gaiters should fit around the leather boot without being too tight around the boot.  Lightweight hiking gaiters are ideal.

  Wool or Synthetic Socks
  4 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.
Warm Socks

  Liner Socks
  4 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Liner Socks

Technical Clothing

  Synthetic Short Underwear.
  2-3 Pairs of NON-Cotton short style underwear. (boxers, briefs, panties, bras etc.) Amount based on personal preference.

  Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )
  2 pair tops & 2 bottoms. No Cotton. Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Medium weight Long Underwear Top ( M | W ). Zip-T- neck top allows more ventilation options.  Models like the Patagoina R1 or Outdoor Research Radiant Hybrid
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )
  Lightweight or Mediumweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.  Hoods are always helpful when the weather is stormy.
Soft Shell Jacket
M | W

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). Mid-weight.
Soft Shell Pants
M | W

    Hiking shorts and/or light trekking pants
Trekking Pants

Light weight insulating layer.  Can be good to add on summit day to mix with other clothes while climbing.  These layers are becoming very popular in the mountaineering industry. Models like the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Jacket, MHW Compressor Jacket or the Outdoor Research Filament Pullover.
Down Sweater

Lightweight Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood ( M | W )
  We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material (Gore-Tex) with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
Hard Shell Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )


Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers or 7/8th zippers are required because it allows easy removal of pants. No short 1/2 length, or short lower leg zippers allowed as it is difficult to put pants on when crampons are already on.

Hard Shell Pants
M | W


  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Both the hat and the balaclava should be able to fit together on your head. Hat should cover ears.
Wool Hat

  Baseball Cap or other Sun Hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic (quick dry)
Baseball Cap

      Most versatile face/neck protection available. Great for sun and wind protection.

Headlamp (Batteries not Included in Rental)  
      Bring spare bulb & batteries. No Halogen bulbs: they take more power and have a shorter life.

Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).
  Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers and leashes. No more than 10% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses - it is a good idea to have these with "photo-gray" or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber).
Glacier Glasses


Soft Shell Gloves
  2 Pair. One thin pair and one medium weight pair.  This glove is usually worn alone and during times when the shell mitts would be too warm. Models like the Black Diamond Specialist Glove, Black Diamond Punisher, or Outdoor Research ExtraVert
Soft Shell Gloves

  Leather Work Liner Gloves
  1 Pair. For Matterhorn fixed ropes. Try to find a supple leather. Black Diamond Transition Glove or Crag glove.  Full length fingers are requried.

Personal Equipment

    Alpine Backpack
  Alpine climbing pack. A 30-40L pack, such as the Black Diamond Speed 30L. A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing.  Packs over 40L will not be allowed due to safety reasons.   
Alpine Backpack

  Compression Stuff Sacks for reducing volume. For sleeping bags and down clothing.
Compression Stuff Sacks

    Sleeping Bag Liner.
  Use this at the huts in conjunction with the blankets given by the hut guardian. If you can’t find it in the US they sell these in Chamonix, approx. 30-40 euro’s.

  SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes. Note: Sunscreen older than 6 months loses half of its SPF rating, make sure that you have new sunscreen.

  Lipscreen. SPF 30, at least 2 sticks. Make sure your lipscreen is new.

  Water Bottles
  1 or 2 wWide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.
Water Bottles

  Hydration Bladder.
  48-64oz hydration bladder.  Make sure this fits inside your backpack.  The bladder can very nice for summit day on the Matterhorn and will allow climbers to stay hydrated while climbing this technical mountaineering route.  Wide mouth bladders to fill up at the hut makes it easy to fill.

    Small Personal First-Aid Kit  
      (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small First Aid Kit


  Camera gear: Optional. We recommend a small digital or point and shoot cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses.

    MP3 Player/Ipod. Optional  
      Nice to have at the huts.  

  Toiletry Bag.
  Include toilet paper (no more that one roll stored in plastic bag), towel, alcohol hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste. Do not include soap, shampoo, deodorant, or cosmetics.

    Travel Clothes.  
  Include 1 pair of hiking shorts.
Travel Clothes

Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock. (Lock not included in rental)
  1 for transporting all gear.
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

    We recommend; 5-7 power bars, 3-5 energy gu, and 3-5 shot blocks energy snacks as it is hard to find these in Zermatt.  

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Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions
I promise to return all equipment rented from Alpine Ascents International, Inc. in good condition at the end of my climb/course. I agree and authorize Alpine Ascents International, Inc. to charge my credit card on file for repairs and/or replacements of damaged, lost or stolen gear. And I agree not to hold Alpine Ascents International, Inc. responsible for any injuries incurred through the use of its rental equipment.

Rental Information
Reserve: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. Recommend submitting reservation at least one month in advance to ensure adequate time for processing. Incomplete reservations may cause delay or failure to reserve requested items. Cancellations must be made 3 weeks in advance of departure.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for rental confirmation via email. Please note confirmations might differ from original reservation, please check your confirmation as that list contains items scheduled to ship. If you have any questions or have not heard back from us within three (3) working days, please email or call (206) 378-1927 and ask for the Gear Department.

Payment: Credit card on file will be used to process rental payment. Charges are processed at time of shipping (two weeks prior to departure date) and will include a $50 Security deposit per item and shipping. Shipping cost is based on size and weight and can only be determined at shipping.

Security Deposit: Fees are fully refundable upon timely return (one week from end of trip date). Fees may be assessed for repair or replacement of damaged item. Please allow up to two weeks for your refunded to be credited. Please note that items not returned within one week after trip end date Alpine Ascents reserves the right to withhold all or part of your Security Deposit.

Shipment: Rental items are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to departure. Once received verify all items are correct and fit appropriately. Please note sizing information provided is used to determine the sizes of items shipped.

You are responsible for rentals once items are shipped and until items are received back at Alpine Ascents. We encourage you to insure your shipment.

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