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Essential gear for snow routes when mountaineering

When heading into the high mountains, especially snow-covered or glaciated terrain, choosing the right gear and remembering to bring the essentials is a key part of a successful climb. The following checklist, also available for download, will provide you with just the right peace of mind when planning for your next route.

June 29 2016

Mountaineering

Matériel de base en alpinisme © Petzl / Marc Daviet

  • Daypack (30 or 40 liters)
  • 1 classic mountaineering ice axe
  • 1 single rope (minimum 50 meters)
  • 1 harness
  • 1 ice screw
  • 1 v-thread hook
  • A Helmet
  • A belay device
  • Crampons that are properly adjusted and equipped with anti-balling plates
  • Mountaineering boots that are warm, waterproof, and crampon-compatible
  • Gaiters
  • 2 double-length slings and 2 locking carabiners
  • A crevasse rescue kit
  • Navigation tools: map, altimeter, compass, GPS
  • 1 headlamp with fresh batteries
  • 1 survival blanket
  • 1 pair of warm socks + 1 spare pair
  • 1 pair of warm wind-resistant pants
  • Technical base layers
  • Fleece sweater
  • A windbreaker and water resistant jacket (Gore Tex shell)
  • Windbreaker and water resistant overpants (Gore Tex shell)
  • A warm parka
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves + 1 pair of warm gloves
  • 1 beanie or headband
  • 1 pair of category 4 sunglasses + 1 spare pair
  • High-protection sunscreen
  • 1 first aid kit
  • Snacks + high-calorie "savory" food
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 knife
  • ...

Download the basic gear list [pdf - 226 Kb]

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