Below is a general outline for Alpine Climbing equipment useful for hut or town based programs such as climbing programs based in most Alpine venues including the Canadian Rockies, Alps and Selkirks. Please contact us directly for specific questions with regards to your program.


  • Boots: Modern leather or synthetic gore-tex climbing boots such as the La Sportiva Trango Extreme EVO, Scarpa Rebel Pro, or . Climbers with preference toward rocky peaks (as opposed to high snowy climbs) may be happier in a more flexible lighter boot such as the La Sportiva Trango S, Trango Cube or Scarpa Maverick or Rebel models. Higher altitude/earlier season climbs on 400o+m peaks of the Alps will likely require a warmer boot such as the Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro, Mont Blanc GTX, La Sportiva Nepal series, Scarpa Phantom Guide, or Batura.
  • Approach Shoes: A sturdy sticky rubber approach shoe such as models from Five-Ten, Scarpa or La Sportiva are perfect for most alpine approaches (and many climbs) that do not involve snow or glacier travel. Examples include the Five-Ten Guide Tennie Mid or Camp4 or similar models. Approach shoes should be fit comfortably for all day use while hiking and scrambling to about the 5.4 level.
  • Climbing Shoes: A comfortable all-day type of rock climbing specific shoe. For long routes in the mountains I fit my shoes with flat toes. Do not be convinced to fit alpine rock or long route shoes too tightly.
  • Socks: At least two pairs of light to medium weight ankle hiking socks. Wool or synthetic blend are best.
  • Gaiters: a small lightweight gaiter such as the OR Salamander can be useful for some snow oriented venues where heavy boots will be utilized most of the time.

*Chamonix has an incredible selection of climbing specific boots, approach shoes and rock shoes readily available for purchase or rental.*


  • Light and/or Medium weight softshell pants such as the OR Cirque or Ferrosi Pants
  • Waterproof Pants: very lightweight waterproof/breathable pants for rainy and cold conditions
  • Lightweight long underwear pants
  • Lightweight synthetic tee shirt(s)
  • Mid-weight synthetic long sleeved top or lightweight softshell top
  • Waterproof Jacket: Waterproof-Breathable hooded jacket
  • Insulating layer such as a lightweight down or synthetic jacket such as the OR Cathode or similar lightweight down or synthetic insulation.
  • Gloves: One medium and one or two light pair of gloves.
  • Sun Hat
  • Lightweight beanie hat that will fit under the helmet


  • 25-35 L climbing specific backpack. An alpine pack should be simple and streamlined.
  • 50-55 cm mountaineering axe. Short for easy stowage on climbing routes (easily rented)
  • one or two trekking poles collapsable three section poles that stow INSIDE your backpack are best.
  • Crampons: classic steel crampons to fit boot style – step-in or vertical ice climbing crampons are not appropriate- The grivel G12 is a classic general mountaineering crampon that walks well.
  • Climbing Harness- must have belay loop and gear loops
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Locking carabiners (2) and belay device

Miscellaneous Items

  • Headlamp
  • Lightweight toilet kit for huts (earplugs, toothbrush and mini toothpaste)
  • Lightweight Silk sleeping sack for huts (these are mandatory in most mountain huts)
  • Small digital camera
  • sunglasses (full coverage high end sun glasses or glacier glasses)

Avalanche Safety Equipment (provided when appropriate)

  • Transceiver
  • Probe
  • Shovel