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Gear list for ice climbing

Submitted by adoubleyou on 2005-01-17

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  • - Ice Axes (no pans - just the hammers)
  • - Spare pick or picks
  • - Crampons (monopod or bipod)
  • - Rigid boots (leather or plastic, a question of preferences)
  • - Gaiters to prevent crampons digging holes in your pants and scraping your legs
  • - Harness, belay device, biners (non-autolocking, as they are harder to open with gloves and freeze easier)
  • - Two half ropes or single rope
  • - Ice-screws
  • - Draws and screamers
  • - Cord-o-lette for anchors
  • - Piece of 12' webbing and a rap ring
  • - Two pair of gloves, in case one gets dropped on a multipitch route, or is too wet for comfort
  • - Liner gloves for the approach and for when you have to take the warm mitts off to do things like tie your boots, pee or eat
  • - Soft or Hardshell top and pants
  • - Warm layers of cloths under the shells
  • - Down jacket for the belays (if it has a hood, it's even better!)
  • - Warm hat that fits under the helmet (possibly two, if one gets wet)
  • - Balaclava to keep your neck warm and dry
  • - Warm socks (wrapping your feet in newspaper works great too!!)
Safety and other gear:
  • - Helmet
  • - Small backpack to carry gear on multi-pitch
  • - Head lamp for the walk off in case of benightment
  • - Extra batteries
  • - Two-way radio, in case communication might be a problem
  • - Goggles
  • - Sunglasses
Food and drinks:
  • - Some water in isolated containers
  • - Thermos with hot coco or tea
  • - Bars, gel and other snacks to keep your metabolism up
If you think of anything else that needs to be included, please pm me. Be safe and have fun.

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