10-Mountaineering Course Gear List and Rental Form

Gear List
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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.

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10-Mountaineering Course Gear List and Rental Form

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Accessory Cord

40 feet of 5mm accessory cord to be used for prussiking and other climbing rigging. Be sure to bring one continuous length.

Ice Axe (with Leash)

A general mountaineering axe with an attached waist leash. Too short is always better than too long. Size according to height; under 5'2'' use a 50cm axe, 5'3'' to 5'7'' use a 55cm axe, 5'8'' to 5'11'' use a 60cm axe, 6'0'' to 6'2'' use a 65cm axe, above 6'3'' use a 70cm axe.

Secondary Ice Tool

May be required depending on route conditions. A dedicated climbing tool with recurved pick and grip. Hammer attachments are recommended over adze attachments.


General mountaineering crampons. We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates. 10-point, aluminum, or single-piece ridgid crampons are not recommended.

Climbing Helmet

A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. This must fit comfortably over your bare head, hat, and/or balaclava, and your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.

Climbing Harness Plus Two Locking Carabiners

A fully adjustable alpine climbing harness with gear loops. We recommend fully separating leg and waist belts. Bring two locking carabiners in addition to the harness, which will be used only with the harness.

Standard Carabiners

Four non-locking, lightweight D-shaped carabiners. Wiregates are recommended over standard gates.

Belay Device

Modern tube-style belay device. Avoid super-specialized belay devices which cannot accept a wide variety of rope diameters.

Avalanche Transceiver

457 mHz digital avalanche transceiver. Multi-antenna transceivers are strongly preferred over single-antenna transceivers. This item is required for all climbers on Mount Rainier.


Trekking Poles

Collapsible skiing/trekking poles with snow baskets. Three-section varieties are preferred.

Liner Socks

If using liner socks, you will need two pairs of smooth, thin wool or synthetic socks. Liner socks can reduce boot friction and increase comfort for some. Must fit well underneath hiking socks.

Wool or Synthetic Socks

3 pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.

Wigwam Hiking/Outdoor Pro Crew


Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots. Short trekking gaiters do not offer sufficient protection.

Single Mountaineering Boots

Crampon-compatible, full-shank leather or synthetic mountaineering boots. Not needed if using double boots. Can serve as your only mountaineering boot (leave behind double boots) for most of July and August in Washington.

Double Boots

Double boots designed for mountaineering. Plastic-shelled models are sufficient, but modern non-plastic versions are more comfortable. Can be left behind if using Leather Boots during the appropriate season/forecast.

Baselayer Bottom

Non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.

Baselayer Top

One to two long-sleeved baselayer tops. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight which can be nice on sunnier days. This layer must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester.

Midlayer Top

A mid-weight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over baselayers or as a baselayer in cold conditions. Hoods are optional but recommended.

Softshell Pants

Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants will be worn the entire duration of the climb and should fit comfortably with or without your baselayer bottoms.

Softshell Jacket

This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model. This layer must fit well over your midlayer top and baselayer top.

Hardshell Pants

Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating size zippers are preferred; shorter side zippers are allowed if you can put on and take off your pants without removing your boots.

Hardshell Jacket

A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood. Must fit comfortably over your baselayer, midlayer, and softshell. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.

Insulated Synthetic Jacket

A mid-weight insulted synthetic jacket with a hood. Synthetic insulation is preferred over down insulation for this layer, as synthetic insulation handles moisture well over trips of longer durations.

Insulated Down Parka

This jacket or parka, worn when climbing in cold conditions or during breaks, should be heavily insulated with high-quality down fill. We recommend an overall parka weight between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. For warmth, a hood is required. Down sweaters or light puffy jackets will not be sufficient.

Synthetic Insulated Pants

A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips. Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer. Necessary for climbs in May, June, and September. Typically optional in July and August.


A must-have for all outdoor activities, the UV Buff is a versatile replacement for the bandana and serves a multitude of purposes.

Sun Hat

Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well. Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.

Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat

A non-cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably. Simple skull-cap style hats are recommended as they tend to fit better beneath a climbing helmet.

Glacier Glasses

High-quality glacier glasses offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose. Removeable side-shields are not required provided eye coverage is sufficient.

Ski Goggles

High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude. The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%. Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens. Photochromatic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.

Lightweight Liner Gloves

Very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight while still offering UV protection. Black or dark-color gloves are also acceptable.

Softshell Gloves

Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm and liner gloves are not warm enough. Leather construction offers ideal durability and grip on ropes and other gear.

Insulated Mittens

Waterproof shell mittens with removable insulating liners. We recommend that your liner gloves can fit inside the mitten system as well.


Expedition Climbing Pack

A 75-105 liter climbing pack designed with climber-specific features and an internal frame. The volume you choose depends on experience level packing and gear quality. If opting for a pack smaller than 100 liters, practice packing to be sure you can efficiently use a smaller sized pack.

Sleeping Bag

Whether filled with down or synthetic insulation, this sleeping bag must be rated to 0-degrees Fahrenheit and feature a collared hood for warmth. Be sure to include a compression stuff sack.

Foam Pad

This pad should be either 3/4 or body length. Cut pieces of closed cell foam or industrially-crafted pads are both acceptable.

Inflatable Sleeping Pad

A full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad is recommended. Older-style ? length pads have been superseded by ultralight full-length pads. We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.


A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 80-200 lumens of output power. Fresh, installed batteries plus a set of spare batteries are recommended. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.

Water Bottles

(Two to three 1 litre capacity bottles) Bottles should be wide mouth made of copolyester (BPA free plastic). No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill and no metal bottles as lips have a tendency to stick.


One two cup capacity packable bowl. Collapsible versions occupy less space in a pack. Lids are not necessary.


One insulated outdoor-style mug with a removable lid. Your mug should retain heat well and be spill resistant. 12-20 ounce models are acceptable.


Medium size. Keep it simple and light, needs a blade and screwdriver.



Several small, light Bic-style lighters are recommended for starting your cook stove. Matches can fail in humid climates and leave waste behind.

Bic Mini Lighter

Pee Bottle (1 Liter)

One wide-mouth, clearly marked water bottle for use overnight.

Pee Funnel (for Women)

Practice is critical for the use of this item.


One durable hard plastic or anodized metal spoon. Longer spoon stems can be helpful for eating while wearing gloves.

Cooking Pots or System

A cook system sufficient for backcountry cooking. Many cooking systems are functional- practice makes perfect, whether using single pots or a more involved system including items such as a frying pan.


A liquid white gas or cartridge-burning lightweight stove is recommended. Either style will function well with practice. Fuel for liquid-burning stoves will be provided at no additional cost. Those wishing to use cartrige stoves will need to purchase fuel on site.

Fuel Bottle

Fuel bottles are provided free of charge to all climbers, with white gas fuel included. Please note that canister-style fuel is not provided and must be purchased. If you wish to purchase a fuel bottle instead, 1-liter bottles are recommended.


A 4-season, storm-ready tent. Double-walled tents are required. All tents must arrive with full guylines and snowstakes. The listed rental price is charged per person using the tent.


Disposable Waste Kits

1-2 kits per day are recommended, as all solid personal waste will be transported out of the backcountry for proper disposal. Kits may be reused at the discretion of the user.

GoAnywhere Cleanwaste Kit


A Northern Hemisphere compass with a sighting mirror and declination adjuster. Mechanical compasses are recommended over electronic compasses for wilderness navigation.

Trash Compactor Bags

Three bags for use as waterproof pack/stuff sack liners. Compactor bags are made from a heavy plastic and stand up well to prolonged mountain use.

Travel Clothes

Clean 'town' clothing is recommend for use traveling as well as pre-and-post trip. We recommend bringing a comfortable variety of clothing for peace of mind.



Small point-and-shoot cameras are ideal. Large-bodied or fragile cameras may be used, but require extra care and attention. iPhones and other smartphones have become increasingly popular for use as cameras.


Large Duffel Bag

For traveling to your start location, a large soft-sided duffel is recommended. Purchase a travel lock for peace of mind. Do not bring wheeled nor hard-sided models.

Toiletry Bag

Include toilet paper (one roll stored in a plastic bag), hand sanitizer, toothbruth, toothpaste, and floss.

Water Purification tablets

One (1) package of chemical water treatment drops or tablets. We recommend AquaMira. Lightweight Steri-Pens with extra batteries can suffice.

Solar Charger (Optional)

Solar chargers are increasingly handy, lightweight, and cost-effective for mountain use. We recommend models with an integrated battery pack.

Solio Bolt Solar Charger


Several 1-2 ounce tubes of SPF 30+ sunscreen. Zinc-oxide added versions are preferred. One ounce is typically sufficient per week, but several tubes . Sunscreen loses SPF rating over time; we strongly recommend brand-new sunscreen.


Several tubes of SPF 30+ lipscreen. As with sunscreen, be sure your lipscreen is new. Recommended: Aloe Gator Medicated 30 SPF Lip Balm.

Small Personal First-Aid Kit

Basic medical supplies in a compact package- we recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin & Molefoam, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel.

Insect Repellent

One small bottle of insect repellent.


Please review the food and water information available in your Climber Information Packet. A close reading of this information is important towards a smooth trip. We recommend taking plenty of time consider this information. Please contact the Gear Department with any food-related questions.


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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.

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Reserving: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. We recommend submitting reservations 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 three weeks in advance of your departure.

Washington Rentals: All rental equipment for trips taking place in Washington will be picked up at your gear check. At that time, payment will be taken for all rented items. No security deposit will be charged for Washington rentals; however, Alpine Ascents reserves the right to assess fees for the replacement or repair of any damaged items.

Alaska Rentals: Due to the unique nature of Alpine Ascents' Alaska program, some items requested may be picked up in Talkeetna at your gear check rather than shipped directly to you. However, not all rental items are available for pickup in Talkeetna. Payment for Alaska rentals will be charged to the on-file credit card after your gear check, including a $50 security deposit per item. Alpine Ascents reserves the right to withhold all or part of your security deposit for the replacement or repair of damaged items. All equipment, whether shipped to you or picked up in Alaska, may be de-issued at the Alpine Ascents Alaska facility at the end of your trip.

International Rentals: All rental equipment for trips taking place internationally will be shipped to you approximately two weeks prior to your trip departure date. A USA address must be provided for rental shipments. Rental equipment may not be shipped internationally. At the time of shipment, charges will be assessed to the credit card on file, including shipping charges, rental fees, and applicable security deposits. Please immediately contact the Gear Department with any questions.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for rental confirmation via email. If you have any questions or have not heard back from us within three (3) working days, please email gear@alpineascents.com or call (206) 378-1927 and ask for the Gear Department.

Payment: The credit card on file will be used to process rental payment. For climbs in Washington, payment will be taken at your gear check and no security deposit will be required. For climbs taking place outside of Washington, charges are processed at the time of shipment (approximately two weeks prior to departure date) and will include a $50 security deposit per item plus shipping. Shipping cost is based on size and weight and can only be determined at the time of shipment.

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

Shipment: Rental items for climbs taking place outside of Washington are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to your trip departure. Once received, please verify that all items are correct and fit appropriately. Please note that 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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