EQUIPMENT Alpine Climbing Harness – A good climbing harness should be light and simple in design, easy to put on and take off with gloves on, with positively foolproof locking features.
Crampons – Crampons must fit boots perfectly; steel crampons with anti-balling and ability to toe point positively and safely into ice. The lighter the better – extra weight on your feet is much more strenuous than anywhere else on your body.
Ice axe – Ice axe should be versatile and light. A general purpose technical ice axe (T rated) but not too aggressive.
Ascender: Ascender or Jamar, a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope; must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens. Practice using it with thick gloves on again and again.
Multi-LED Head Lamp – Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential; we do not recommend single bulb lights due to lower reliability.
Carabiners – Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular. Rappel Device – Figure 8, ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your rappel device (which happens a lot)
Trekking Poles – Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best (preferably with a simple outside locking mechanism) Slings – One 3m (10ft) and three 2m (6ft)
Prusik loops – Never hurts to carry a few (e.g. 0.6m and 1.2m), they come in handy in many situations Masks, hoses, and regulators – Good quality for your safety.
Altimeter– ABC watch or more advanced GPS watches will do the trick. Watch for battery life
limbing helmet – Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is essential.