Cascades Rock Climbing 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.
• You may want to print a copy of this gear list for reference. (Tip: uncheck headers/footers in your browser print menu for a cleaner copy.)
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• The boxes noted "Already Own" is a tool for your reference when printing a hard copy.

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
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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

Climbing Equipment

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    40 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


12ft of 9/16" or 11/16" climb spec. webbing.



1 - 120cm spectra or nylon per sewn sling. One pre-sewn double runner (nylon/spectra/dyneema/dynex all acceptable materials). Alternatively, climbers may bring 9.5 feet of tubular webbing, which can then be tied into a double runner. See the Gear Lexicon for an expanded description.


    Carabiners: 4 locking + 4 standard  
      Four of each - large pear shaped.

    Rappel Device
Belay Device

    Leather garden gloves or rappel gloves. 1 pair

    Chalkbag with chalk ball. (optional) No loose chalk, please.

    Rock Climbing Harness.
  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. Note: Padded harnesses with centered tie-in points are preferable to unpadded swami style webbing harnesses because they are more comfortable.
Rock Climbing Harness


    Light Hiking Boot or Trekking shoes.  
      1 pair of sturdy hiking shoes or lightweight boots in which you can wear a light to midweight synthetic sock comfortably.
Trekking Shoe

    Rock Climbing shoes.
  Choose shoes that are all-purpose and ideally provide some ankle coverage. Fit your shoes so that they are snug yet comfortable without socks.
Rock Climbing Shoes

      Sport sandals or flip-flops for standing around camp and at the base of climbs.
Sports Sandals

  Wool or Synthetic Socks
  3 pair. 1 pair midweight, 2 pair lightweight 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
  1-2 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 )
  1-2 pair tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. 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.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  T-shirt ( M | W ). Two to three shirts include one synthetic T.

    Climbing Pants.  
      Durable nylon or cotton pants with gusseted crotch for flexibility.
Climbing Pants

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

    Shorts ( M | W )  

Several pair. At least one pair mid-thigh or longer for climbing, and at least one pair of quick-dry or similar shorts for swimming.

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

  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)

  Simple sport style.


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

Personal Equipment

    Trekking Backpack
  Internal frame pack expandable to 3500 cubic inches. Keep it simple and light.
Trekking Backpack

Sleeping Bag
  (High quality with hood rated to at least 20°F). 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. Helpful 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)  
      Good quality 3-4 season, 2+ person backpacking tent.

  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.

  Frying Pan: (optional) A small, non-stick pan is great for adding variety to campground meals.
Frying Pan

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 Bottle (33oz)  
      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 or 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.
Water Bottles

    Water Purification tablets.  
      1 bottle. Water filters are too heavy and clog quickly with silt. Steri-Pen also acceptable. Suggested Iodine or AquaMira (Non-iodine) Water Purification Tablets

  Toiletry Bag.
  Include toilet paper (no more that one roll stored in plastic bag), alcohol hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste. Do not include soap, shampoo, deodorant, or cosmetics.

    Insect Repellent  
      Small bottle. Not necessary until July. Do not use repellant that is stronger than 25% DEET.
Insect Repellent

    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.  

    Cloth Athletic Tape. 1 roll of 1” tape for taping hands.
Cloth Athletic Tape

    Small Personal First-Aid Kit  
      (Simple and Light) Ear plugs, Aspirin, Moleskin, molefoam, Band-Aids, personal medications, small
pair nail clippers.
Small First Aid Kit

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


  Travel Clothes. Include swimsuit or extra shorts. A set of clean clothes is nice to have to change into after the trip.
Travel Clothes

  Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock.
  Used for transporting your gear and for storage of extra gear at Alpine Ascents.
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. Your lunch bag should weigh as much as your dinner & breakfast bags combined. Food

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Washington Climbs Rental Information

Reserve: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. Recommend submitting reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Payment: Due at the end of your gearcheck. Cash, Check, and major credit cards accepted. WA State Sales tax applies to all Washington rentals.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for confirmation via email. 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.

Damage Deposit: Copy of credit card information to be kept on file. Fees may be applied to your card on file for repair or replacement of damaged items.

Pickup: Rentals items are issued during your gearcheck. Sizing adjustments can be made at that time. Early arrival is not required.

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.

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