Alaska 8-Day Mountaineering Course
Gear List And Rental Form

Gear List
• Every item on the gear list below is needed for your climb. You can use the Gear Lexicon to get a better sense of definitions and possible substitutions.
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Rental Form
Please click the 'Reserve Rental' checkbox and complete and submit the form at bottom of page. A confirmation email will be sent to you shortly.

Gear Lexicon
We offer you an encyclopedia of mountaineering gear with definitions of use. This list is NOT trip specific and to be used as a reference and planning tool.

Alpine Ascents Gear Shop
Discount for all registered climbers at our Gear Shop.
The Alpine Ascents Online Gear Shop is currently open and has an excellent stock of the products on your gear list. We also have a retail store open during business hours and we always accept orders via phone.

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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

Climbing Equipment

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Ice Axe w/Leash
  General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5'7" use a 60cm tool; 5'7"- 6'1" use a 65cm tool; over 6'1" use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long). No rubberized grips-they are heavy and do not plunge well into the snow. Make sure that you have a leash that is designed for use on a glacier axe or a leash that you make from 9/16 webbing.
Ice Axe

With flat rather than 'cookie cutter' frame rails. Your crampons should be steel, not aluminum for strength and durability. A combination heel bail/toe strap is a more universal system than a heel and toe bail system. We strongly recommend crampons with anti-balling plates

    50 ft 6mm Acessory Cord  
      For Prussiks. Please bring as a continuous piece, prussiks are cut as part of the curriculum. Choose cord that is soft and supple.
Accessory Cord

Climbing helmet. Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on.

    Carabiners ( Locking | Standard )  
      (6 total) 2 Large Locking Pear and 4 'D' shaped non-locking carabiners. Used in conjunction with harness and rescue/anchor systems. If renting harness, the 2 large locking pear carabiners are included.

Alpine Climbing Harness plus two locking carabiners. (Included with rental)
  Harness should fit over all clothing, have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in. Make sure you can get into the harness without having to step through any part of it.
Climbing Harness


Snowshoes. Choose an appropriate pair for you weight with pack.

Double Plastic Climbing Boots
  Good quality climbing boot with a removable inner boot. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks. Comfort is key in buying boots. Spend a little extra time walking around the store or take them home and wear them around your house to make sure the fit is right. A little big is always better than a little small.
High Altitude Climbing Boot

Gaiters. Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being too tight around the boot. No lightweight hiking gaiters.

  Booties. Down or Synthetic booties.

  Wool or Synthetic Socks
  3 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with plastic boots.
Warm Socks

  Liner Socks
  3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Liner Socks

Technical Clothing

  Synthetic Short Underwear.
  2-3 Pairs of NON-Cotton short style underwear. (boxers, briefs, panties, bras etc.) Amount based on personal preference.

  Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )
  2 pair tops and bottoms. Capilene or other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days on the glacier and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Heavyweight Long Underwear Shirt ( M | W ). Zip-T- neck top allows more ventilation options.
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

Heavyweight Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )
  This jacket will be worn over your other layers and underneath your shell jacket.
Soft Shell Jacket
M | W

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). These non-insulated pants can be worn everyday during the climb as they are more versatile than fleece.
Soft Shell Pants
M | W

Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood ( M | W )
  We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
Hard Shell Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )
  Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers preferred because it allows easy removal of pants, 7/8th zippers allowed but is more difficult to remove pants. No short 1/2 length, or short lower leg zippers allowed as it is difficult to put pants on when crampons are already on.
Hard Shell Pants
M | W

Insulated Down Jacket or Parka w/ hood ( M | W ). Medium weight down Jacket or Parka. The jacket/parka is worn during breaks or climbing in extremely cold weather. *Note that the term Parka is used to describe a down jacket that has a longer cut. Generally jackets come down to the waist while a parka goes few inches below.
Down Parka
M | W

Insulated Synthetic Pants ( M | W )
  This is a heavy insulating layer generally worn over your other pant layers. Full side zips allow easy on and off when wearing mountaineering boots. Lightweight synthetic is less bulky and generally warmer than fleece. (Optional after July 1st)
Down Pants
M | W


  Warm Lightweight synthetic/wool hat. Both the hat and the balaclava should be able to fit under the helmet. Hat should cover ears.
Wool Hat

  Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model. Provides protection around the neck and face.

  Baseball Cap or other Sun Hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic (quick dry)
Baseball Cap

  Bandana. To shade the neck. (Optional)

Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).
  Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers and leashes. No more than 10% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses - it is a good idea to have these with "photo-gray" or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber).
Glacier Glasses


  Lightweight Synthetic Liner Gloves
  1 Pair. To wear alone on very sunny days for hand protection or as a layering piece with your Shell mitts.
Liner Gloves

Soft Shell Gloves
  1 Pair. This glove is usually worn alone and during times when the shell mitts would be too warm. This glove can have a light shell exterior.
Soft Shell Gloves

Shell Mitts w/ insulated removable liners.
  Waterproof, breathable shell material. We recommend that the insulation in your mitts can be removed in order to dry faster. Make sure that you can wear your Lightweight Synthetic Liner gloves inside the mitts. Shell gloves “ski gloves” can substitute for mitts during the later part of the climbing season.
Shell Gloves

Personal Equipment

Expedition Backpack
  Internal frame pack expandable to a minimum of 90L - 100L (5,500-6,000 Keep simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers which add weight.
Expedition Backpack

Sleeping Bag
  (High quality with hood rated to at least 0°F). if you sleep cold use a -10°F bag. For April & May courses you will need a -20°F bag. Goose down preferred.Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. If you sleep cold bring a warmer bag. Your bag needs to be long enough that your feet are not pressing out the foot box which will make you colder. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
-40 Degree Sleeping Bag

  Compression Stuff Sack for reducing volume. Necessary to reduce volume when packing a sleeping bag.
Compression Stuff Sacks

Self-Inflating pad
  One 3/4 or full length pad. Make sure to include a valve stem and patch repair kit.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Closed Cell Foam Pad  
      One full length closed cell is recommended.
Closed Cell Foam Pad

Tent (price per person)  
      2 person, 4-season mountain tent. Make sure there are guy lines for body and fly. No 3-season tents. Include snow stakes.

Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets
  Snow baskets are required. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack, traveling on uneven terrain or if you have knee problems. Collapsible three section pole preferred.
Trekking Poles

  Cup: 16oz. plastic mug with lid (retains heat well and is spill-resistant in the tent).

  Spoon: Good quality tough plastic (lexan).

  Bowl: 2-cup capacity with lid. We recommend a collapsible or packable bowl to help save space in your backpack.

Cooking Pot  
      2qt. minimum, lightweight pot with tight fitting lid and handle. Aluminum or titanium are much lighter and easier to use than stainless steel. Make sure you include pot grabbers to hold your pot.
Cooking Pot

Backpacking Stove (rental includes fuel bottle) Price Per Person  
      Complete liquid fuel stove and repair kit. Make sure fuel pump is included. Gas canister stoves are not recommended as you have to supply your own fuel and they are much heavier and take longer to boil water.
Backpacking Stove

    Fuel Bottles (33oz & 22oz)  
      Alpine Ascents will supply the fuel. We can supply the bottles at no cost due to expanded airline security measures.
Fuel Bottle

      If batteries are brand new spare batteries are not required. LED headlamps preferred due to their low bulk, long battery and bulb life. Spare bulbs not necessary for LED lights.

  SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes. Note: Sunscreen older than 6 months loses half of its SPF rating, make sure that you have new sunscreen.

  Lipscreen. SPF 30, at least 2 sticks. Make sure your lipscreen is new.

  Water Bottles: (2 total)
  One bottle with 1 litre capacity and one bottle with 1/2 litre capacity. 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.
Water Bottles

  Pee Bottle (1 Liter). Optional.
  Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle. Collapsible 1 liter canteen takes up less volume than a bottle when empty.
Pee Bottle

  Pee Funnel (for women). Optional. It is a good idea to practice, practice, practice.
Pee Funnel

  Toiletry Bag.
  Include toilet paper (no more that one roll stored in a plastic bag), hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste. Do not include soap, shampoo, deodorant, or cosmetics . Wet wipes (optional) small pack approximately 15 count.

      With sighting mirror and declination adjuster.

    Knife or Multi-Tool  
      (Optional) Medium sized. Keep the knife simple.
Knife or Multi-Tool

    Lighters (2)  
      We recommend disposable, adjustable lighters, rather than matches, for lighting stoves. Make sure the lighter is new and full of fuel.  

    Small Personal First-Aid Kit  
      (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small First Aid Kit

  Trash Compactor bags (3)
  To line stuff sacks and pack. Trash Compactor bags are made from a heavier plastic.
Trash Compactor Bags

  Camera gear: Optional. Keep it simple and light. Disposable and digital cameras also work well.


  Travel Clothes. A set of clean clothes is nice to have to change into after the trip.
Travel Clothes

  Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock.
  (9-10,000 cu. in.) Used for transporting gear to Alaska and also used during the expedition as a sled bag. Duffle should be waterproof and have a full length zipper. No wheels or rigid/retractable handles
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock


  Please review the 'Menu Plan' document that was included in your confirmation materials for what items you are expected to bring. See enclosed menu planning guide. You will want to bring about 25% more food than you think, there are very few places to shop for food in Talkeetna. Better to have too much than not enough. Food

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Alaska School Rental Information

*Please note that all rental equipment is issued from Seattle and shipped to you two weeks prior to departure though some items maybe be picked up in AK.

Reserve: Submit one reservation per person per departure. Recommend submitting reservation at least one month in advance. Cancellations must be submitted at least two weeks advance of departure.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for confirmation via email. Check the confirmation carefully since this is the finalized list of items being shipped to you. If you have any questions or have not heard back from us, please email or call (206) 378-1927 and ask for the Gear Department.

Shipping: Rental items are scheduled to ship from our Seattle office to the address on the rental form via FedEx Home Delivery. Once shipped you will receive a email shipment notification and tracking number. When items are received, check for fit and call if any issues. Items are due back to our Seattle office no later than one week after trip end date. Please note that shipping charges are determined at time of shipping based on size and weight of package.

Payment: Processed at time of shipping to the credit card on file. If you wish to use a different card please let us know. A copy of your receipt will be emailed to you. Fees may be applied to your card on file for repair or replacement of damaged item

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.

By Checking this box, I certify that I agree to all TERMS & CONDITIONS of the agreement.
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