Mont Blanc 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
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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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  Hybrid Ice Axe
  A hybrid mountaineering ice axe is requied for Mont Blanc.  For climbers joining the Matterhorn the same axe used on Mont Blanc will suffice.  A 57cm tool is generally appropriate. (Too short is preferable to too long).  Leashes are not recommended for this program.  The Petzl Sum'tec, Petzl Summit, Black Diamond Venom are good technical mountain axes that are lightweight.
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. Crampons with anti-balling plates are required crampons.

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.  A harness with a belay loop is helpful.  Black Diamond Couloir harness is lightweight and comes with a belay loop.
Climbing Harness

  Locking carabiners (2) and Non-Locking carabiners (2)
  2 Large carabiners designed to be used in conjunction with a harness.  Auto-lockers are not recommend as they can be difficult to undo with gloves on in the cold.

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

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets.
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.  Models that collapse down small and can fit inside your backpack are ideal.  Black Diamond Distance FL Trekking Pole, and Ulta Mountain FL Trekking Pole.
Trekking Poles


    Technical Mountaineering Boots
  For Mont Blanc we require high-end, insulated leather-type boots over plastic boots. Suitable models: Leather: La Sportiva Nepal Extreme (guide's recommendation) or Evo , Scarpa Jorasses, Scarpa Freney.  Plastic boots are not allowed as they are difficult to climb rock in.
Leather Climbing Boots

Gaiters. Your gaiters should fit around the leather boot without being too tight around the boot.  Lightweight hiking gaiters are ideal.

  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

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 tops & 2 pair bottoms (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve, 2nd pair bottoms optional), synthetic or Merino wool.
No Cotton.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Mediumweight Long Underwear Top ( M | W ) Zip-T- neck top allows more ventilation options.  Models like the Patagoina R1 or Outdoor Research Radiant Hybrid.
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )
  Lightweight or Mediumweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.  Hoods are always helpful when the weather is stormy.
Soft Shell Jacket
M | W

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). Mid-weight.
Soft Shell Pants
M | W

Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood ( M | W )
  We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material (Gore-Tex) 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 or 7/8 zippers are required because it allows easy removal of 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 and very hard to get them on when your boots are on.
Hard Shell Pants
M | W

  Lightweight insulating layer. (Optional but recommended for Mont Blanc; required for Matterhorn, for those doing this climb) Can be good to add on summit day to mix with other clothes while climbing.  These layers are becoming very popular in the mountaineering industry.  Models like the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket or the Outdoor Research Filament Pullover.  This does not substitute your insulated down jacket.
Down Sweater

Insulated Down Jacket or Parka w/hood ( M | W )  
      Medium weight down or synthetic. Needs to fit over all layers.  A large 6000m parka is overkill and very heavy to carry for this climb.  Model like the Patagonia DAS Parka, Outdoor Research Vituroso Hoody or Incandescent Hoody.
Insulated Down Parka
M | W


  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Both the hat and the balaclava should be able to fit together on your head. Hat should cover ears.
Wool Hat

      Most versatile face/neck protection available. Great for sun, and wind protection.

  Balaclava Lightweight. Looks for a simple lightweight model.

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

    Buff. Used to shade your neck and cover your mouth. Protects respiratory system when traveling in dusty conditions.

  Bandana. Used to shade your neck. (Optional)

Ski Goggles, 1 pair. Dark 100% UV & IR. Required. Goggles are used instead of glacier glasses when weather turns severe.
Ski Goggles

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. Models like the Black Diamond Punisher or Outdoor Research ExtraVert.
Soft Shell Gloves

Shell Mitts or Heavyweight Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liner.
  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 can be used, Black Diamond Guide gloves work great!

Personal Equipment

Mountaineering Backpack
  Internal frame pack expandable to around 30-40L. Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers, etc., which add weight.  Models like the Black Diamond Speed 30L or 40L are great lightweight technical mountaineering packs. (Packs over 45L will not be suitable and climbers will be required to get a smaller pack.)
Expedition Backpack

    Sleeping Bag Liner.
  Use this at the huts in conjunction with the blankets given by the hut guardian. If you can’t find it in the US they sell these in Chamonix, approx. 30-40 euro’s.

    Stuff Sacks  
      Helps organize items while at the huts.
Compression Stuff Sacks

Headlamp (Batteries not Included in Rental)  
      Bring spare bulb & batteries. No Halogen bulbs: they take more power and have a shorter life.

  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 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. Waterbottles need to be leak proof. 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

      1/2 liter is nice for summit day, can fill with hot water at the huts. (Optional)

    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. We recommend a small digital or point and shoot cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses.

    MP3 Player/Ipod. Optional  
      Nice to have at the huts.  

  Ear Plugs. (1 or 2 sets)
  Huts can be noisy at night. Foam ear plugs are comfortable and inexpensive.
Ear Plugs

  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.

    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. (Lock not included in rental)
  1 for transporting all gear.
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

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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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