Alpine Rock

Equipment List

A note about gear lists: Nothing can ruin a trip faster than having the wrong gear for the conditions at hand. All our programs are subject to rapid and severe changes in the weather. Select garments that are warm, lightweight and durable. Generally speaking, the best arrangement is to think in terms of layers with a system that dries quickly, allow flexibility and resists wind, water and abrasion. All of us have different tolerances for heat or cold. If you have doubts about a specific garment’s appropriateness confer with your guide in advance about conditions you are most likely to experience. This list is built for a trip with an unsettled weather forecast.  With a good weather forecast some of these items may be left behind to save weight.  Make sure you check with your guide a few days before the start of the trip to see what type of weather the forecast calls for. In many circumstances we have recommended specific products or brand names. There are many comparable products out there; these are only personal favorites. We are more than happy to advise you on equipment if you have questions.

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Please check with your guide if you have questions about any gear listed below or that you believe is missing!






  • Hat (warm)

Wool or Synthetic hat that fits underneath helmet

Patagonia Beanie Hat

  • Hat (sun)

Baseball Hat

NCMG Trucker Cap

  • Gloves (light)

With a good forecast this glove may be all you need.  

Black Diamond Terminator Glove

  • Socks (1 pairs)

Wool or synthetic.

Patagonia Midweight Merino Hiking Crew Sock

  • Jacket (softshell)

Breathable and water resistant

Patagonia Levitation Hoody

Patagonia Houdini

  • Jacket (insulation)

Synthetic or down insulation

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

  • Long Underwear Top (lightweight)

Lightweight or silkweight synthetic or wool

Patagonia Capilene or Merino

  • Fleece top (midweight)

Midweight synthetic or wool

Patagonia R1 Hoody

  • Pants (softshell)

Breathable and water resistant

Patagonia Simul Alpine Pants


Optional/Weather dependent  Clothing




  • Jacket (waterproof hardshell)

Waterproof Breathable.  Depending on weather forecast and the quality and age of your softshell this may be optional.  

Patagonia Alpine Houdini or M10 Jackets

  • Sun Shirt

Hooded Sun Shirt

Patagonia Sunshade Technical Hoody

  • Pants (waterproof hardshell)

Waterproof Breathable with full or ¾ side zips.  

  • Neck Gaiter/Buff

Used for both wind protection and sun protection.  

Patagonia Merino Mid-Weight Neck Gaiter

  • Approach Shoes

These will be used on the approach or potentially on the climb instead of rock shoes.  Contact your guide for recommendations.  

  • Belay Gloves

Some people enjoy the extra protection of belay gloves

BD Crag Half Finger Gloves

  • Crack Gloves

For routes with a lot of crack climbing either gloves made from climbing tape or synthetic reusable gloves

Ocun Crack Gloves


                                      Technical Equipment




  • Rock Shoes

Comfortable rock shoes ideally sized to be worn with a thin sock.  

Evolv Astroman or La Sportiva TC Pro

  • Harness

With belay loop and gear loops.

Black Diamond Ozone or Aura

  • Helmet

UIAA approved and in good shape.  Must be able to fit warm hat underneath.  

Black Diamond Vapor, Vector or Half Dome

  • Belay Device

Belay and Rappel device.  

Black Daimond ATC Guide

  • 2 Locking Carabiners

Large pear-shaped carabiners are best.   

Black Diamond Magnetron Vaporlock

  • Non-locking Carabiners

Optional.  Some people like to bring one or two non-locking carabiners for organization.  

Black Diamond OZ

  • Personal Anchor System

An 18mm Nylon runner or personal anchor system. NO daisy chains. Confer with your guide.

18mm Black Diamond Runner 120cm

Sterling Chain Reactor

  • Summit Pack

You will want to bring a small pack for the climb to bring water, snacks and extra layers.  

Patagonia Ascensionist 25

Black Diamond Speed 22

  • Trekking Pole(s)

3-Section Pole that can fit inside your pack is ideal, but a 2-section pole can work if you are not carrying your poles on the technical portion of the climb.  

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles


Miscellaneous Gear




  • Headlamp

Lightweight LED model

Black Diamond Storm

  • Water Bottles and/or thermos

At least 2 liters of fluid. Collapsible containers are recommended because they take up less space

MSR Dromlite 2 liter Bag

  • Sunglasses

UVA & UVB protection.  Dark lenses are required.

  • Sun Protection

Sunscreen and SPF lip balm

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer 70

  • Blister Kit

A small amount of moleskin and tape

  • Snack Food

Bring a variety of food with plenty of calories for a big day.  1,500 to 2,000 calories per day in snack food works for most people.    

  • Tip for Guides

Optional Guides work hard to ensure you have a fun and safe day and a 10-15% tip is a great way to thank them

  • Camera