Below is the list of gear that you are expected to have for the course modules. There is also a Printable PDF version available for download.
Note that some of the items listed are optional but highly recommended. There are gear stores in Squamish, Whistler and Vancouver should you require last minute items. If you do not have some equipment such as touring skis or avalanche rescue gear (winter module), it can be rented in Whistler, but you will be expected to do this in advance of the course, or on your own time.
If you feel that something is missing from this list, please do not hesitate to contact the course director for clarification.
If you rent gear, please ensure it fits comfortably, is in good working order and that you are familiar with how to operate it.
30-40L day pack (1)
60-80 L backpack or duffle (1)
Big enough to hold all gear for the trip plus some extra communal gear. Note: Multiple smaller bags are easier to load than one large bag for helicopter flights.
Base layers top & bottom
Climbing/hiking pants –
Nylon, fleece or schoeller (1)
Puffy, standby Puffy parka (1)
Outer layer waterproof jacket with hood
Gore-tex style or similar
Outer layer waterproof pants
Gore-tex style or similar
Warm touque (1)
Wool or fleece
Waterproof gloves or mitts (2)
Gloves are better for rope handling
Sun hat or baseball cap(1)
Wool or synthetic blend
Lightweight runners (1)
Booties/shoes for the hut (1)
You can also use your runners
There will be 1 bottle for group
Water bottle / hydration system (1)
Minimum 1 L
Thermos for hot drinks (1) OPTIONAL
A Swiss army style or multitool
Waterproof field notebook and pencil(s)
Camera, cell phone etc.
Headlamp with extra batteries
Guides tarp (1)
First aid kit (1)
Include what you would take for a multi day backcountry trip. Please note: You will be assessed on the contents of your kit
UIAA List of Certified Equipment
Mountaineering boots SUMMER MODULE
Full leather or plastic mountaineering boots. If leather, they should be well broken in and waterproofed
Climbing shoes SUMMER MODULE
belay device (1)
chalk bag OPTIONAL SUMMER MODULE
locking carabiners (3)
personal prusik (1)
6/7mm perlon cord, 1.25 m in length*
single length sling/runners (1-2)OPTIONAL
Personal guide slings* (2)
5 m of 6/7mm tubular webbing, minimum 22 kN strength
Ice screws (1-2) SUMMER MODULE
Minimum 15 cm length
Simple or prusik minding pulley OPTIONAL
UIAA certified climbing helmet SUMMER MODULE
General mountaineering ice axe SUMMER MODULE
B rated aluminum ok
Crampons SUMMER MODULE
To fit on mountaineering boots. Aluminum is OK if in good condition
Closed cell foam pad
To sit on or for use in first aid scenarios
Walking pole(s) OPTIONAL
*Note: For prusik to bite on a rope you need a 2mm difference between prusik and rope diameter. 7mm diameter cord is standard for large diameter ropes, 6mm for smaller sizes. Keep in mind that there is a strength limitation with 6mm cord.
Professional style compass (1)
With sighting mirror such as this one.
A watch is adequate.
GPS Receiver OPTIONAL
There are different maps for the different modules.
*Note: Maps are subject to change if we have a last minute change of venue due to weather or logistics. Please check with us closer to the date of the course.
Sleeping bag (1)
Sleeping pad (1) SUMMER MODULE
Tent or bivy sac SUMMER MODULE
You may want to organize to share with another course participant.
Ski Helmet (mandatory)
Skis with touring bindings
Fit to skis
Touring boots Vibram soles preferable