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Climb Mt. Robson Gear List

Top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.

Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip, but note that not all brands and models are current.

We will provide group camping gear such as tents and stoves but if you would like to bring your own to test it our guides will be happy to help you learn how to use it. If you need help for certain items that you would like to purchase please contact us and we will be happy to walk you through what will be the best gear for your needs.

When you are choosing your clothing gear, remember that the goal is to create a layering system that allows you to adjust to changing temperatures. Avoid cotton, when you sweat cotton will remain wet, remove the heat from your body and become cold.


Full shank leather or plastic mountaineering boots: Leather boots are better for the summer than plastic boots. We will be moving on a variety of terrain and flexibility really helps. When buying make sure you try them with the socks that you plan to wear and wear the boots around the house to make sure they are comfortable. (La Sportiva, Scarpa).

Gaiters: make sure they fit around your boots (Outdoor Research).

Lightweight socks: Liner Socks two pairs synthetic or synthetic/wool blend. They help to reduce blisters and should fit comfortably under your heavyweight socks (Bridgedale, Smartwool, Patagonia).

Midweight or heavy socks: Three pairs Synthetic/Wool Blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia, Smartwool).

Down or synthetic camp booties: Optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles.

Running shoes or sports sandals: Optional, for using around campsite in case you don’t take the booties (make sure they’re lightweight).


Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI).

Midweight long underwear top: Zip T- neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers. (Patagonia Capilene, North Face, Mountain Hardwear).

Lightweight long underwear bottoms: (Patagonia Capilene, REI).

Midweight underwear bottoms: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt (Patagonia Capilene, REI).

Pile jacket: Mid to heavy weight, a full zip version is easier to put on and it gives more options (Polartec 200 – 300).

Briefs: Two to Three pairs synthetic or cotton. Synthetic is best.

Short-sleeved shirt: One synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work. (North Face, Patagonia, Marmot).

Rain/snow shell pants and shell jacket with hood: Make sure they are windproof, breathable, waterproof or highly water resistant. We highly recommend Gore-Tex or equivalent. (Outdoor Research, Arc’teryx, Patagonia).

Down jacket: hood recommended, we won’t use it for hiking but it can be very useful at camp or on rest breaks. It can also be useful to sleep as an extra insulating layer. A good alternative is a synthetic-insulated parka, but watch out for the weight. Remember, it should be large enough to be zipped up when wearing several layers underneath. (Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia).

Head & Hand Gear

Synthetic gloves: Two pairs. Bunting or Fleece. One pair can be "Windstopper' Fleece

Lightweight fleece or wool hat: you should be able to wear it under your helmet.

Balaclava: lightweight model.

Sun hat: “Baseball” style hat with good visor.

Bandanas: Two or three worn under the hat and across face for additional sun protection.

Sunglasses: 100% U.V. with dark lenses designed for high altitude use. Should have a shape that offers minimum light to enter from side. “Glacier glasses” with side shields are one good option, otherwise make sure the lens is large and shaped to fit your face well. Days are long and the sunlight is intense on glaciers at altitude. Bring a spare pair for emergencies (Julbo, Smith)

Ski goggles: They make life great in storms when you’re up high (Smith, Bolle).

Climbing Equipment

Ice axe: general mountaineering axe, 55 – 60 cm length, depending on your height. Shaft should not have a rubber grip. You will need a leash to attach axe to you harness not a “wrist loop”. Bring a commercial leash designed for glacier travel or 6 ft of 9 / 16 inch webbing and your guide will help you construct one. (Grivel or Black Diamond)

Second ice tool: Technical ice climbing tool preferred with a hammer head (Petzl, Grivel, Black Diamond).

Crampons: We recommend the step in type; 12 point. (Grivel, Black Diamond).

Harness: Alpine style, you should not have to step through leg loops to put it on and off, lightweight, fully adjustable (Black Diamond).

Two locking carabiners: One large locking “pear” shaped and 1 regular locking carabiner (Black Diamond, Petzl).

Perlon cord: 40 feet of 6mm perlon (don’t cut it, bring in one piece).

Ski or trekking poles: three section telescoping poles are the most versatile (Leki, Black Diamond).

Climbing helmet: Must be adjustable to wear with or without a hat (Petzl Ecrin Roc, Black Diamond Half Dome).

Camping Gear

Backpack: Internal Frame 5000 – 6000 cubic inches or 80 – 90 liters (Arc’Teryx, Gregory, Osprey).

35 to 40 liter day pack: (Gregory, Osprey, MEC).

Sleeping bag: Recommended 10F/-12C to 0F/-17C rating or warmer. Down is more efficient and less bulky, but high quality synthetic bags are also acceptable. A compression stuff sack is recommended.

Closed cell foam pad: (Cascade Designs Ridgerest).

Thermarest pad: or similar inflating insulated pad.

Bowl: deep plastic 2–3 cup capacity (Tupperware 3 cup bowl with lid).

Mug: large, insulated plastic.

Swiss Army knife

Insect repellent

Compass: Optional.

Headlamp - With extra batteries. (Petzl, Black Diamond).

Water bottles: Two, One-liter wide mouth (Nalgene).


Small notebook withpen, pencil

Zip lock bags

Stuff sacks: Two to Three of assorted sizes. They always come in handy. Light colors are good because you can write labels on them.

Travel Items

Extra casual travel clothes and toiletries: as needed depending on the length of your trip and your schedule.