Rainier 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.
• You may want to print a copy of this gear list for reference. (Use the Print Gear List button below or print directly from your browser menu)
• Images may not reflect actual items for sale or rent.
• The boxes noted "Already Own" is a tool for your reference when printing a hard copy.
• Rental items can be shipped to US addresses only. Please contact the Gear Department if you do not have access to a US shipping address.

Rental Form
Please click the 'Reserve Rental' checkbox and submit the form at bottom of page. A confirmation email will be sent to you.

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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$37
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

$42
Crampons
 
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
Crampons

    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

$52
Climbing helmet. Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on.
Helmet

    Belay Device  
      A tube style device which is used for a wide variety of climbing applications, We recommend belay devices that have an auto-locking mode.
Belay Device

    Carabiners  
      Non-Locking Carabiners: 4 oval or D shaped carabiners. Wire gate carabiners are lighter and stronger than standard gate carabiners.
Carabiner Oval shaped

$26
Alpine Climbing Harness plus two locking carabiners
 
  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.

Footwear

$59
Double Plastic Climbing Boots or Non-plastic double 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

$31
Gaiters. Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being too tight around the boot. No lightweight hiking gaiters.
Gaiters

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

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

$52
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

$54
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

$52
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

$57
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

$79
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

$44
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

Headwear

  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.
Balaclava

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

  Buff. Versatile head and neck cover. For extra protection.
Buff

  Bandana. To shade the neck. (Optional)
Bandana

$38
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

$36
Ski Goggles, 1 pair. Dark 100% UV & IR. Goggles are used instead of glacier glasses when weather turns severe.
Ski Goggles

Handwear

  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

$30
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

$28
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

$63
Expedition Backpack
 
 

Internal frame pack approximately 70L - 90L (4300-5500cu. in.) Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers which add weight.

Expedition Backpack

$60
Sleeping Bag
 
  (High quality with hood rated to at least 0°F). 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

$40
Avalanche Transceiver.  
      Digital is preferred over analog due to ease of use and unit should operate at 457mhz.
Avalanche Transceiver

$42
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

$7
Closed Cell Foam Pad  
      One full length closed cell is recommended.
Closed Cell Foam Pad

$38
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.
Tent

$23
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).
Cup

  Spoon: Good quality tough plastic (lexan).
Spoon

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

$17
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

$23
Backpacking Stove (rental includes fuel bottle)  
      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

$23
Headlamp  
      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.
Headlamp

  Sunscreen
 
  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.
Sunscreen

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

  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

  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

    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.
Toiletries

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

    Compass. (Optional)  
      With sighting mirror and declination adjuster.
Compass

    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  
      Aspirin, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medications.
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.
Camera

 
 
Traveling

  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.
 
  Used for transporting your gear and for storage of extra gear at Alpine Ascents.
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

Food

  Please review the 'Menu Plan' document that was included in your confirmation materials for what items you are expected to bring. 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 gear@alpineascents.com 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.

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