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.

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Matterhorn Gear List and Rental Form

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Hybrid Ice Axe

A hybrid mountaineering ice axe is required. A 57-60cm axe is generall appropriate, however, too short is preferable to too long. Leashes are not recommended. Good models include the Petzl Sum'tec, Petzl Summit Evo, and the Black Diamond Venom.


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

Two non-locking, lightweight D-shaped carabiners. Wiregate carabiners are strongly recommended due to their strength, light weight, and ease of use while wearing gloves.

Belay Device

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

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.

Hiking Socks

Two pairs of midweight to heavyweight hiking socks. Wool and synthetic materials only. Newer socks offer increased loft, warmth, and padding than older socks. Must fit comfortably over liner socks if you choose to use liner socks.


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

Technical Mountain Boots

Technical, three quarter shank mountaineering boots. These boots are an absolute must due to the type of climbing encountered. Good models include the La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX, La Sportiva Trango Cube, and the Mammut Magic GTX.


Short Underwear - OPTIONAL

Two to three pairs based on personal preference. Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.

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.

Synthetic Shorts

Comfortable, non-cotton athletic shorts can be used on warm rock climbing days and during warm approach hikes. Quick-dry, lightweight materials are 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.

Lightweight Down Jacket

We recommend a lightweight down jacket to serve either as a layering piece or as stand-alone insulation when appropriate.


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.

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.

Leather Climbing Gloves

These are required for rope handling when necessary. Use a supple leather glove like the Black Diamond Transition Glove. Full fingers are required. Breaking in these gloves is highly recommended.


Small Climbing Pack

An internal frame climbing/trekking pack of approximately 35-40 liters in carrying capacity. Emphasize simple, lightweight designs.

Sleeping Bag Liner

To be used in conjunction with the blankets issued by the hut guardian on mountain. We recommend Sea to Summit brand liners, and recommend purchasing a liner before flying to Europe.


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.

Hydration Reservoir

Optional for lower altitude/warmer climate use. Does not serve as a sufficient substitute for water bottles.


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, including some t-shirts.



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.


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.

Running Shoes

Lightweight, comfortable running or walking shoes are recommended for off-mountain use and pre-and-post trip travel. In some situations, these may also serve as approach shoes.


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.

Medications & Prescriptions

Pepto Bismol, Cipro, Z-Paks, Diamox, and a variety of standard painkillers. Bring personal prescriptions as well.



Always recommended for getting high-quality rest. Soft foam rather than wax models recommended for ease of use and disposability.


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.

Rental Information
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 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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