Glacier Travel Training




  • Glacier Travel Training Course

A NOTE ABOUT EQUIPMENT 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 – a system that dries quickly, allows 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, please talk to 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 good weather, some of these items may be left behind to save weight. All trips require that you bring adequate food and water, please see our “food” equipment list for details.


Head, Hands & Feet

  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Buff
  • Lightweight Gloves 
  • Midweight Gloves
  • Heavyweight Gloves (waterproof and breathable)
  • Warm Socks (~2)

Upper Body Layers

  • Lightweight Base Layer 
  • Lightweight Fleece Jacket
  • Softshell Jacket with Hood
  • Puffy Jacket with Hood
  • Hardshell Jacket with Hood

Lower Body Layers

  • Lightweight Baselayer Bottom
  • Softshell Pants
  • Hardshell Pants


  • Sunscreen and SPF lip balm
  • Water & Food
  • Headlamp
  • Blister Kit
  • Backpack (35-50 Liters)
  • Sunglasses/Goggles
  • Cloth Mask
  • Hand Sanitizer

CLIMBING / TECHNICAL (these may be rented from NCMG)

  • Ice Axe (lightweight)
  • Boot Crampons (recommend aluminum for weight savings)
  • Climbing harness (a lightweight model will be more comfortable)


  • 5  locking carabiners 
  • 6 non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Double-Length (120cm) Dyneema/spectra sewn runner
  • 1 cordalette 18—21 feet long, 6mm—7mm
  • 2 Friction hitches 
  • Optional: 1 Petzl Micro Traxion ratcheting pulley


  • Tent (4 seasons, lightweight)
  • Sleeping Bag (15-20 degree rating)
  • Sleeping Pad (inflatable)
  • Stove (recommend isobutene stoves over liquid fuel)
  • Fuel (adequate for cooking and melting snow for water – the quantity will vary with the trip length; please consult your guide)
  • Cooking Pot 
  • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
  • Utensils
  • Toiletries: toilet paper, a tiny tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush and earplugs (optional)