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Gear List

Cascades Rock Climbing Course Gear List

Overview

  • Each item on the list below is required unless specified to be optional.
  • If seasonal fluctuations impact the requirement for an item on your list, it will be specified.
  • Item images represent one product suggestion for that item.
  • Item images may or may not reflect the model of item available for rent.

Rental Reservation Instructions

  • Items with a price & check box may be rented.
  • Check the box of any item you desire to rent.
  • Complete the personal detail section at the bottom of the page, and click submit.
  • Please note that rentals are not available for non-Alpine Ascents clients.

Further Resources

  • If you wish to learn more about any piece of gear, the online Gear Lexicon is available 24/7.
  • For in-depth articles, pro-tips, and advice on select subjects, check out our blog.
  • Our experienced staff are happy to speak with you via phone, or via email.
  • The Alpine Ascents Gear Store offers a wide range of products to suit your needs. All registered climbers are welcome to utilize the discount code contained in your confirmation materials.
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Climbing Equipment

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Accessory Cord or Pre-Cut Prussiks

40 feet of 6mm accessory cord to be used for prussiking and other climbing rigging. Bring pre-tied prussiks if you already have them, or bring one continuous length to be cut.

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.

Rock Climbing Harness

A modern, padded climbing harness is required. Choose a rock-climbing specific model with gear loops and adjustable leg & waist loops. Avoid models designed for big-wall climbing or construction.

Locking Carabiners

Four (4) locking carabiners are required. Screw-lock models are recommended over auto or triple-action models.

Chalk Bag and Chalk

One climber's chalkbag with a chalk ball. Loose chalk is not recommended. Bring a waistbelt for your chalk bag or a small clip for attachment to your harness.

Double-Length Runner

One (1) pre-sewn double-length sling (48 in. or 120cm) constructed from dynex/dyneema/spectra. Nylon models acceptable.

Footwear

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Hiking Socks

Three 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.

Rock Climbing Shoes

Emphasizing a comfortable, snug fit, your rock climbing shoes must be comfortable for extended periods of use across varied rock terrain. Lace-up style shoes are recommended. Avoid down-turned or high-end sport climbing specific shoes.

Approach Shoes

Climber-specific approach shoes are recommended, with lightweight but sturdy construction, as well as excellent traction on rock and rough terrain. These shoes will be used while on approach to climb locations and during single-pitch climb belays. Trail running or tennis shoes can suffice.

Sport Sandals/Water Shoes

For river crossings. Crocs, Teva-style sandals, or similar footwear will work well.

Technical Clothing

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Short Underwear

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. Baselayers must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester. Note that many guides prefer light-colored, hooded baselayers for sun protection.

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 Jacket

$35.00

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

$50.00

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.

Rock Climbing Clothing

Cotton shorts, t-shirts, and lightweight comfortable nylon climbing pants that allow freedom of movement.

Hardshell Jacket

$50.00

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

Handwear

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Softshell Gloves

$20.00

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.

Rappel/Belay Gloves

One (1) pair of climbing-specific rappel/belay gloves are recommended for comfort when belaying a partner or descending routes via rappel. Leather models are recommended for durability and comfort. Full-finger models only.

Headwear

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Buff

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.

Sunglasses

High-quality, UV-blocking sunglasses with good all-around protection are recommended. A good fit is critical for comfort, and high-quality lenses are a must due to high-altitude sun. Try on glasses to ensure good coverage.

Headlamp

$19.00

A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 90-200 lumens of output. Fresh, installed batteries plus spare batteries. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.

Personal Equipment

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Car Camping Cook Set

A larger cooking set up for use at a campground should include: a car camping stove, pots, frying pan, cutlery, flatware and drinking vessels.

Cloth Athletic Tape

One (1) roll of cloth athletic tape will be necessary for taping hands and fingers while climbing.

Small Pack

An internal frame climbing/trekking pack of approximately 32-40 liters in carrying capacity. Emphasize simple, lightweight designs.

Inflatable Sleeping Pad

$31.00

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

Foam Pad

$13.00

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

20 Degree Fahrenheit Sleeping Bag

$35.00

Whether filled with down or synthetic insulation, this bag must be rated to 20-degrees Fahrenheit and feature a collared hood for warmth. Be sure to include a compression stuff sack.

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.

Mug

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.

Knife

Medium size. Keep it simple and light.

Spoon

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

Lighters

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

Bowl

One two-cup capacity packable bowl. Models with a lid (like a Tupperware) work well, as do lidless bowls and flatter "deep plate" models. Collapsible models can suffice, but must be handled very carefully to avoid unintended collapsing.

Stove

$15.00

A liquid fuel or cartridge-burning stove can be used. 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. Please note that we rent liquid fuel stoves only.

Cooking Pots or System

$12.00

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.

Fuel Bottle

$0.00

Fuel bottles and fuel are provided free-of-charge to climbers using liquid-fuel stoves. Please note that canister-style fuel is not provided and must be purchased.

Camera

Optional. Small point-and-shoot cameras (including compact SLR's) are ideal & work well at altitude. Alternatively, many opt to use a smartphone camera. Due to weight & care in the mountain environment, large dSLR cameras are discouraged.

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.

Campground Toiletries

A towel, soap, and shampoo for use in campground showers on select nights of the course.

Water Purification tablets

One set of chemical water treatment drops or tablets. We recommend AquaMira. Lightweight Steri-Pens with extra batteries can suffice, but do not work well in the event of very cold conditions. Be sure your system will be sufficient for the entire duration of your trip- some packages of tablets treat only a very small amount of water! As a general guideline, allow for 4-6 liters of water per day when treating water is necessary.

Sunscreen

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.

Lipscreen

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

Swimming Suit

Where possible, swimming can be a welcome break from wearing boots and pack! There are often excellent swimming opportunities available.

Small Personal First-Aid Kit

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

Insect Repellent

One small bottle of insect repellent.

Food

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.

Traveling

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Backpacking Tent

$28.00

A good quality double-walled backpacking or climbing tent. Be sure your tent is packed with the appropriate stakes and has been pre-tied with guylines.

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.

Climber Information

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 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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