Winter Mountaineering Kit List

  • Rucksack: 45 to 50 litre day pack preferably without side pockets and light weight with a waterproof liner. You should be able to get everything you need inside the rucksack except your ice axe and trekking poles which can be attached to the outside.
  • Waterproof jacket: Gore-Tex or other breathable fabric with a hood big enough to fit over a helmet.
  • Waterproof trousers or Sallopettes: Make sure you can get the trousers on without taking off your boots.
  • Boots: A good boot with a vibram or equivalent sole preferably 3 to 4 season with semi-stiff sole. B2 or B3 boot. *
  • Socks: Sock combinations worn in boots are very personal. Either one thick pair or a liner pair and medium weight sock
  • Gaiters. Ideally breathable. Traditional or ‘Yeti’ styles but make sure they fit over the boots.
  • Fleece or woolly hat: Check that it does not drape down over your eyes when wearing a helmet.
  • Balaclava or buff:
  • Gloves: Thick winter gloves x2 pair’s, thin fleecy gloves x1 pair. Make sure the gloves are a good fit and that the fingers are not too long.
  • Mitts: Much warmer than gloves and ideal for emergencies or if you suffer from very cold hands.
  • Goggles: Almost essential to be able to see in bad weather.
  • Sun Glasses: If you are very optimistic.
  • Trousers: Light weight quick drying trousers that allow good leg movement and are comfortable or fleecy trousers.
  • Base layer: Top and bottoms.
  • Fleece: Thin fleece to wear over base layer.
  • Warm jacket: Primaloft or thick fleece.
  • Crampons: (10 or12 point crampons with antiballing plates. Clip on ones are easier to put on in bad conditions but make sure the crampons are compatible with your boots. *
  • Ice Axe: For winter walking and introductory winter mountaineering a single axe of 55-65cm is fine. For climbing you will need a technical axe and hammer of around 50cm.*
  • Harness: A lightweight alpine style harness is good but if you are bringing your rock climbing harness then make sure it fits over your extra layers of clothing.*
  • Climbing helmet: Big enough to go over your hat *
  • Water container: At least 1 litre.
  • Thermos flask: A small 300ml flask is very useful if you like a hot drink (highly recommended).
  • Head torch: Bring one set of spare batteries
  • Compass, whistle and map. Please ask for details of which map you will need. The Silva type four compass is the best one to buy
  • Personal Medication and small first aid kit.
  • Hill food: Sandwiches, snacks and food for your pockets.
  • Trekking poles: (Optional)
  • Camera: (Optional)

*These items can be hired from Adele for a charge of £5 a day if you do not have your own.

Adele will provide all the technical and safety equipment required.

Please ask for advice before you buy!

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