Kit List for Alpine Climbing and Training

Clothing and general gear 

§  Thermal base layer (long sleeved)

§  Thermal base layer (short sleeved)

§  Warm trousers (eg. Schoeller fabric or Rab Vapour Rise Trousers)

§  Lighter weight quick drying trousers

§  Polartec 100 top or Powerstretch

§  Fleece, Vapour Rise Jacket or Soft Shell

§  Warm mitts or Gloves

§  Waterproof Shell Jacket

§  Waterproof overtrousers with long zips

§  Thermal gloves

§  2 pairs thick socks (not cotton)

§  2 pairs of thin polypropylene socks

§  Warm Hat or Balaclava

§  Small Wash kit for use in Huts, ie tooth brush, contact lens cleaner, wet wipes, etc

The best clothing is a collection of items that can be layered as you ascend to colder areas. Fleece items work well and you should plan on bringing at least three layers, not counting waterproof. Cotton clothing does not wick well and is therefore not ideal for highly aerobic sports such as mountaineering.



§  Rucksack 40 -50 litre,  NO Bigger  Please !!

§  2 litre water bottle/ hydration pack

§  Pair of good quality sunglasses (cat 3-4)

§  Ski Goggles

§  Sunscreen (minimum of SPF 20)

§  Lipscreen

§  Head torch plus spare battery/bulb or hybrid with xeon type bulb (not just LED)

§  Mountaineering Boots (B2 minimum)

§  Gaiters (goretex recommended)

§  Crampons and Crampon Bag

§  Anti-Balling Plates for the crampons

§  1 walking Ice Axe (or 2 technical ice axes for technical climbing)

§  Climbing harness fully adjustable to fit over many layers, easy to put on over big boots.

§  Climbing Helmet

§  Belay Device

§  2 screw gate Karabiners ( Optional )

§  2 snaplink Karabiners ( Optional )

§  2 long slings (120cms)

§  2 Prussic loops (4-6mm cord)


Other Essentials

§  Photocopy of your passport details

§  European Health Insurance Card (formerly E111) Tel: 0845 6062030 or

§  BMC, or similar, personal and rescue insurance

§  Your guide will have a first aid kit but you should carry items to deal with the following:

o   Headaches (Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc)

o   Blisters (Compeed is excellent)

o   Sunburn

§  Camera, films, money, notebook, pen etc

§  Sheet liner for use in huts along with blankets provided (sleeping bag not required)


Optional Extras

§  Telescopic trekking poles (very useful)

§  Climbing shoes (if you have them), useful on occasions of bad weather if staying lower in the valleys

§  Plastic bags, toilet paper, map, compass

§  Tea bags/coffee: you can buy jugs of boiling water in the huts to make your own brews

§  Down jacket

Have fun and STAY SAFE                         

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Kit List for the Alps

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