Overnight Alpine Rock

Equipment List

A note about gear lists: Remember, 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 – a system that dries quickly, allow flexibility and resists wind, water and abrasion. All of us have different tolerances for heat or cold; for example, you might choose warmer gloves than specified here if you tend to get cold hands. 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 unsettle 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.

Item Description Example
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


Item Description Example
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 Optional. These may be used on the approach or potentially on the climb instead of rock shoes. Contact your guide for recommendations.  


Item Description Example
Boots Crampon compatible boots Scarpa Charmoz Pro or Rebel Pro
Rock Shoes Comfortable rock shoes ideally sized to be worn with a thin sock. Evolv Astroman or La Sportiva TC Pro
Crampons Must be compatible with your boots Black Diamond Serac Strap
Ice Axe Lightweight and short.  50 cm ideal but no longer than 60 cm. Black Diamond Venom
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

Overnight Pack 45 – 65 Liters depending on the objective and your personal kit.  With a very “dialed” kit most overnight trips in the North Cascades can be done with a 45-liter pack.  With poor weather or with a less dialed kit (i.e. large sleeping bag, pad, etc…) you may need a pack as large as 65 liters. 

Black Diamond Speed 55

Patagonia Ascensionist 45

Summit Pack On some trips you may want to bring a small summit pack, especially if you plan to bring a larger (50 liter plus) pack into basecamp, while on a different trip you may be carrying your gear up and over the summit. Confer with your guide for recommendations. 

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


Item Description Example
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 in your pack 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  
Coffee/Hot Drinks If you are addicted to caffeine, like most of our guides are, make sure you bring more than enough. Starbucks Via
Dinner and Breakfast Freeze Dried Dinners and Oatmeal are the standard alpine meals.  Cold pizza and Danishes can also work well.  Breakfast and dinner will be quick and efficient, so meals with only adding hot water are advised.  
Snack Food Bring a variety of food with plenty of calories for big days in the mountains.  1,500 to 2,000 calories per day in snack food works for most people.  


Bowl Collapsible Bowls are preferred because they take up less room in your pack and are easy to clean in the backcountry. Fozzils Bowlz
Spoon Lexan camping spoon  
Cup Optional.  If you want to go light skip the cup and drink out of your bowl.  
Toiletries Toilet paper, a tiny tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush and possibly some earplugs are all you should need.  
Tent Single Wall or Double Wall. Tents can be shared with team members.  Contact your guide to coordinate Black Diamond Firstlight or Black Diamond Skylight
Sleeping Bag Typically 15 to 30 degree bag works for most climbs depending on weather and personal sleeping temperature.  Down is much more compressible than synthetic. Mountain Hardwear Phantom 15 or Phantasia 15
Sleeping Pad Inflatable pads are typically more comfortable and packable.  Closed cell pads are more durable and less expensive. Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm
Stove Often this can be shared with your guide. Coordinate with your guide prior to the start of the trip. MSR Windburner Stove or Jetboil Flash Stove
Fuel For canister stoves budget a minimum of 1 oz per person per day in warm conditions with running water.  Double that for colder conditions or for melting snow for drinking water.  
Camera Optional but recommended  
Garbage Bags (2) Used for lining sleeping bag stuff sack and pack for wet conditions.