This list is to help all chicks who have registered for a Chicks Mountaineering course pack. 

If you have any questions as you put together your equipment and clothing for your upcoming mountaineering course, please call 970-325-3858 or email

We have demo equipment and clothing available – just let us know what you would like to test.

Mountaineering Equipment List


For all of our mountaineering courses, you’ll need a 45-60L pack. You’ll carry climbing and camping equipment, food and group gear. If your pack isn’t waterproof, line it with a large trash bag to keep your clothes and sleeping bag dry in the event of rain.

Harness and Helmet

Lightweight alpine harness and climbing helmet.


It is essential to have dark lenses for glaciated, snow-covered mountains. It is also a good idea to bring a lighter pair of lenses as a back-up and for low light. Check out the Julbo Zebra sunglasses that adjust to differing levels of light.

Climbing Gear 

Three locking carabiners, three non-lockers, one double-length sling and one prusik, or 5-foot section of 6-7mm climbing cord.

Mountaineering Axe 

Easton Glacier – Intro to Mountaineering Course – One 60cm mountaineering axe such as the Black Diamond Raven or Grivel G Zero.

Mt Baker North Ridge – Level 2 Mountaineering Course – One 50-60cm alpine axe such as the Black Diamond Venom or the Grivel Air Tech Evo. 

Mountaineering Crampons

Such as the Black Diamond Serac, Sabertooth or Snaggletooth or the Grivel 22Plus. 

 Ski Poles (optional)

One or two adjustable-length ski or trekking poles with snow baskets are ideal.


If you have your own lightweight, 3-season tent, please bring it. We will pair up groups of two climbers per tent.  

Sleeping Pad

Lightweight Therm-a-Rest®, for example the NeoAir, or Ridge-Rest® pads work well. 

Sleeping Bag

20F-30F degree rated lightweight down or synthetic sleeping bag. The less bulk the better. Using a compression stuff sack will help to fit it in your pack.

Cup, Bowl, Spoon/Fork

Lightweight and plastic for meals and drinks in camp. Bring both a cup and a bowl rather than combining both.

Water Bottle

Please bring two 1-quart, plastic, collapsible water containers with large openings for easier filling. We will have water treatment options available but if you have a system you prefer, bring your own. We do not recommend heavy water filters because of the additional weight and bulk.


Please bring all of your own lunches and snacks. Breakfasts and Dinners will be provided. Be sure to indicate any dietary restrictions in advance.

Personal Medications/First Aid

Any items you need or may use for an occasional blister or headache such as ibuprofen.  If you are prone to blisters please bring some moleskin in your personal kit.

Sunscreen and Lip Balm

SPF 30 or greater is recommended.

Personal Toiletries

Toothbrush and paste, small hairbrush and baby wipes for personal hygiene.  Remember that light is right – we have to carry everything to camp and back. 

Stuff Sacks

Two to three to keep your clothes and gear organized.

Notebook & Pencil

For note taking and making tour plans for one of our skills sessions.


Or smartphone. 

Mountaineering Clothing Checklist

All clothing should be quick-drying synthetic or wool. You need layers so that you can add clothes before you get cold and take them off before you over-heat. Your clothes should protect you from wind and rain.


Two pair of wool or synthetic that work well with your boots, and 1 additional pair to wear in camp at night.

T-Shirt & Shorts

Synthetic material required.

Long Underwear – Bottom & Top

One of each. Light to mid-weight, synthetic or wool.  

Midweight Top

Worn over the lighter layer above. This is an insulating layer.

Hard Shell Jacket

This is your go-to, outer layer to protect from wind, rain and snow. Patagonia H2No or Gore-Tex® is recommended.

Soft Shell Pants

Water resistant, breathable pants that stretch are ideal for moving and climbing in all but the worst weather.

Hard Shell Pants

These should be lightweight and fit over your soft-shell pants. You’ll wear them for skills training and if the weather is adverse.

Insulated Coat

We prefer a synthetic material over down for climbing in the Pacific Northwest. This insulating layer should have a hood and be large enough to fit easily over all of your other layers.

Medium Gloves

Insulated and waterproof ideally with a leather palm or some other grippy material.

Lightweight Gloves

One pair to wear in warm weather to protect your hands from the sun and wind.

Warm Hat

Synthetic or wool. 

Baseball cap (optional)

This helps keep the sun off, and can be worn under your helmet.


You’ll need a sturdy, leather mountaineering boot with a crampon-compatible, lug sole.The Scarpa GTX Mont Blanc or Rebel Pro is the ideal type of boot. 

Break-in your boots well before the program or you’ll get blisters!

Approach Shoes

For approach hike and for camp.


Keep snow out of your boots. Many mountaineering pants allow elastic cord to thread under the instep of your boots. This serves the same purpose as gaiters but with a lot less bulk and weight.

(All Chicks Mountaineering Courses)