Denali 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
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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 make one from light webbing or 5mm nylon climbing cord.
Ice Axe

With flat rather than 'cookie cutter' frame rails. Your crampons should be steel, not aluminum for strength and durability. The type of boot you use will dictate whether a toe-strap or a toe-bail type crampon binding works best for you. Check fit and compatibility with your boot!

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

  40ft of 5mm Acessory Cord
  Soft and flexible. Intended for prussiks and other rigging. Be sure to bring one continuous piece of cord. If you already have prussiks from a previous course or climb bring the following items(seat prussik, foot prussik, pack prussik, rescue prussiks) plus an additional 10ft of cord.
Accessory Cord

Alpine 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.
Climbing Harness

  Carabiners (4) Locking; (6) Standard.
  2 pear shaped locking carabiners and 2 small screwgate locking biner; 6 standard ovals.

Ascenders (1) One right or left.

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.
Trekking Poles

Snowshoes. Good climbing snowshoe with built-in crampons, climbing heel elevator, and removable extension tails.


  Double Plastic Climbing Boots w/ high altitude liners or high altitude integrated boot system
  Good quality plastic shells with high altitude inner boots. Make sure that your liners are new; they will pack out over time which decreases their insulation.
High Altitude Climbing Boot

  Fully Insulated Overboots. Not needed with high altitude integrated boot system.
Insulate Overboot

Gaiters. Required. Not needed with high altitude integrated boot system.

  Wool or Synthetic Socks
  3 pair heavyweight socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside 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

  Booties. Recommended. Synthetic or down booties.

Technical Clothing

  Synthetic Briefs or Boxers (M)
  2 pair.
Synthetic Briefs or Boxers

  Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )
  2 pair tops & bottoms, Capilene, 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 light color for reflecting sun on hot lower glacier days and one set of dark color for solar absorbsion gives the most versatility. Make sure they are sized so both can be layered together.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Lighweight Fleece Jacket ( M | W ). 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. Equivalent to 100-weight fleece. (Alternative: one-piece suit)
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )
  A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover. This should have a hood, and make sure it fits over the lightweight fleece jacket comfortably.
Soft Shell Jacket
M | W

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). Mid-heavyweight.
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 storm conditions.
Hard Shell Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )
  Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers preferred because it allows easy removal or donning of pants and easy venting from either end. 7/8th or 1/2-length zippers not recommended due to reduced usefulness..
Hard Shell Pants
M | W

Insulated Down Jacket w/hood ( M | W ). Synthetic or down. As thin and lightweight as possible. AKA a 'lightweight puffy.' On the lower mountain it works well as your "warm" layer.  On the upper mountain it can be worn while moving and then add your down parka over the top.
Down Sweater
M | W

Expedition Down Parka. Must be fully baffled, have an attached, insulated hood, and go below the waist.
Down Parka

Down Pants or Insulated Synthetic Pants
  To fit over insulation layers. Outer shell must be windproof/water resistant.
Down Pants


  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Make sure ears are covered.
Wool Hat

  Balaclavas. (1) Heavy weight, (1) Lightweight. Heavy weight must fit over light weight.

  Face Mask. Suggested: Neoprene or Windstopper.
Neoprene Facemask

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

      Versatile head and neck cover. For extra protection.

  Bandanas (1). To shade the neck with baseball cap, clean glasses, etc.

  Optional. Not needed if you have good balaclavas.
Neck Gaiter

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

  Nose Guard. Attached to glasses.
Nose Guard

Ski Goggles, 1 pair Dark 100% UV & IR.
Ski Goggles


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

Shell Gloves
  1 pair. A good, warm, ski or climbers glove with removable liners (also lightweight liner gloves above will fit inside). Nice on the lower glacier and very nice on the fixed lines above 14,000 feet in warmer conditions.
Shell Gloves

Expedition Mitts
  1 pair. Should be large enough to fit lightweight Synthetic Liner Glove. The warmest and thickest mitts possible. Avoid down because of lack of insulation when holding axe or ski pole on very cold days.

Personal Equipment

Expedition Backpack
  Internal frame pack expandable to a minimum of 100L (6,000 Keep simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers.
Expedition Backpack

Sleeping Bag
  (Expedition quality rated to at least -30°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic 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 Sacks for reducing volume. For sleeping bags and down clothing.
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

  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.

  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

  1 Liter Thermos

  Water Bottle holder
  Fully insulated with zip opening. Neoprene "cozy" style does not provided enough insulation and is not recommended.
Water Bottle Holder

  Pee Bottle (1 Liter).
  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). It is a good idea to practice, practice, practice.
Pee Funnel

  Knife. Medium size. Keep it simple and light, needs a blade and screwdriver.

  Toiletry Bag.
  Nothing but the basics: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Baby Wipes. Include two rolls of toilet paper.

  Hand Sanitizer. Other alcohol based hand cleaners also work well. 4oz should be sufficient.
Hand Santizer

  Hand warmers and Toe Warmers:
  Bring 3 sets of each. Toe Warmers are different that hand warmers. They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.
Hand and Toe Warmers

  Trash Compactor bags (4).
  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.


  Travel Clothes. Clean clothes to wear before and after the expedition in Anchorage and Talkeetna.
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

  Optional: Small Duffel Bag. Can be used with lock to store personal items while on the mountain.
Small Duffel Bag

First Aid

  Small Personal First-Aid Kit. Aspirin, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medications.
Small First Aid Kit

  Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Extra-Strength Excedrin for altitude headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
Drug Kit


  Please review your Climb Information Sheet for further information about meals. Food

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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.

Rental Information
Reserve: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. Recommend submitting reservation at least one month in advance to ensure adequate time for processing. Incomplete reservations may cause delay or failure to reserve requested items. Cancellations must be made 3 weeks in advance of departure.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for rental confirmation via email. Please note confirmations might differ from original reservation, please check your confirmation as that list contains items scheduled to ship. If you have any questions or have not heard back from us within three (3) working days, please email or call (206) 378-1927 and ask for the Gear Department.

Payment: Credit card on file will be used to process rental payment. Charges are processed at time of shipping (two weeks prior to departure date) and will include a $50 Security deposit per item and shipping. Shipping cost is based on size and weight and can only be determined at shipping.

Security Deposit: Fees are fully refundable upon timely return (one week from end of trip date). Fees may be assessed for repair or replacement of damaged item. Please allow up to two weeks for your refunded to be credited. Please note that items not returned within one week after trip end date Alpine Ascents reserves the right to withhold all or part of your Security Deposit.

Shipment: Rental items are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to departure. Once received verify all items are correct and fit appropriately. Please note sizing information provided is used to determine the sizes of items shipped.

You are responsible for rentals once items are shipped and until items are received back at Alpine Ascents. We encourage you to insure your shipment.

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