WAC Basic Climbing Class Master Gear List
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Tan: Backcountry Gear
Blue: Snow Camping Gear
Purple: Climbing Gear
Example links generally go to REI.com. However, there are many options for outfitters in the Seattle area so don't feel limited to this. This is just a simple way to reference a variety of items.CLASS LECTURESWEEKEND OUTINGS
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ItemQuantityCommentsLinks to ExamplesAvg. PriceRentMap & CompassKnots 1Knots 2AnchorsVantage PrepKnots ExamZ-PulleyMt SiSpiresMt ErieVantageSnow 1AlpineSnow 2Mt Baker
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Daypack (optional)1Nice to have for trips with less gear, average volume 35-40L. This pack is not likely to be large enough for the overnight trips.Click Here$175xxxxxx
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Large backpack1Must be large enough to fit ALL overnight supplies and gear, average volume 50-60L. Click Here$225xx
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Mountaineering boots1These are NOT your average hiking boots. Mountaineering boots have a significantly stiffer sole suitable for technical mountaineering and alpine rock. They are also crampon compatible in various ways. We recommend consulting with an instructor and / or local outfitter to make sure you are getting what you need for the class. We do not recommend plastics for the class. If you want a warmer boot for the Baker climb you can rent for that specific outing.Click Here$300xoxxxxxxx
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Heavy socks2Wool or synthetic.Click Here$26x
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Liner socks2Wool or synthetic. These generally go over a heavier wool sock to mitigate sweat and keep feet warmer.Click Here$20oooooooo
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Winter gloves1Waterproof & insulated.Click Here$100xxxxxxxx
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Liner gloves1Light gloves for either mild conditions or to layer under heavier gloves for colder conditions. Wool or synthetic.Click Here$50xxxxxxxx
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Overmitts (waterproof)1Gore-Tex is recommended. For colder conditions and should be able to keep hands very warm and dry. OR Alti Mitts are highly recommended, especially if you get cold handsClick Here$60xxxxxxxx
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Gaiters1Full height only, no quarter or half length. These will keep snow out of your boots helping to keep your feet dry. They also retain a bit of heat.Click Here$60xxxxxx
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Cold-weather hat1Wool or synthetic. Think about getting something that is comfortable under your helmet.Click Here$30xxxxxxxx
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Balaclava or Neck gaiter1Balaclava should be thin so it can go under your helmet. Neck gaiter (or Buff) somewhat more versatile, not as warm.Click Here$30xxxxxxxx
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Sun hat1Baseball hat or similar is recommended.Click Here$20xxxxxxxx
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Underwear1+Synthetic, multiple pairs recommended.Click Here$40xxxxxxxx
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Base-layer top1+Wool or synthetic worn as first layer against skin.Click Here$40xxxxxxxx
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Base-layer bottom1Wool or synthetic worn as first layer against skin.Click Here$40xxxxxxxx
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Mid-layer top1This layer is typically worn above your base layer and below your rain jacket for insulation. Aim for it to be warm enough in rainy/wet conditions close to freezing.$70xxxxxxxx
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Puffy jacket1This is a thicker insulation layer (800-850+ down or synthetic fill) to keep you warm in sub-freezing temperatures. Hood is recommended.Click Here$225xxxxxxxx
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Hard shell rain jacket1Hardshell Gore-Tex (or other similar fabric) to protect you from the rain and keep you warm and dry. Soft shell fabric is acceptable but note it is only water resistant, and conditions during the class can be very wet.Click Here$300xxxxxxxx
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Hard shell rain pants1Similar to rain jackets, some climbers use a soft-shell with a cheaper rain pant; others use a high-end hard shell with a base layer underneath. Full or 3/4 side zips are highly recommended on pants for ventilation and easy on/off.Click Here$150xxxxxxxx
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Soft shell pants1Snythetic pants that are breathable and can dry quickly. Comfortable for hiking and climbing. Click Here$150xxxxxxxx
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Personal first aid kit1Typical kit has bandages of various sizes, gauze, athletic tape, ACE bandage, pencil, paper, blister kit (moleskin or Compeed), pain meds (ibuprofen, acetaminophen), antihistamine, personal meds.Click Here$30xxxxxxxx
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LED headlamp (plus extra batteries)1Lithium batteries are better for the cold.Click Here$50xxxxxx
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Compass1Must have adjustable declination.Click Here$20xxxxxxxx
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MapVaries for the different field trips.$20xxxxxxx
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Bandana1This, along with a sun hat, provides pretty decent sun protection. Cotton OK.$5oooooooo
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Lip balm1SPF 15+Click Here$2xxxxxxxx
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Sunscreen1SPF 30+Click Here$7xxxxxxxx
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Glacier/Sunglasses1Dark with good side coverage and category 4 lenses.Click Here$50xxxxxxxx
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Water bottles or Hydration bladder (3 Liter)3Nalgene-type, wide-mouth bottle or hydration bladder. Note hydration bladder hoses can freeze in snow and cold weather if care is not taken. Need to be able to carry 3L of water.Click Here$30xxxxxxxx
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Duct tape1Wrapped around trekking pole or water bottle or in first aid kit. Approx. 10'.$3xxxxxxxx
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Pocket knife1Click Here$30xxxxxxxx
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Blue bags1+Click Here$0oxoox
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Waterproof matches1Click Here$5xxxxxx
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Emergency bivy bag1Hardsheet synthetic emergency warmth and protection.Click Here$10xxxxxx
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Trekking poles1Click Here$50xxxxxx
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Hand warmers1Optional, but nice to have on long days out in the cold.Click Here$4xxxxxxxx
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Toe warmers1Optional, but nice to have on long days out in the cold.Click Here$5oooooooo
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Ground cloth / Small tarp1For pack checks. Optional but nice to have so gear does not get wet and muddy.$5ooooo
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Sleeping pad1Full length, suitable for snow camping.Click Here$125xxx
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Sleeping bag1Approximately 15 degree bag unless you sleep particularly warm or cold.Click Here$300xxx
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Sit pad1Can make from cheap closed cell foam pad.$8ooo
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Tent1Should be tough enough to handle some wind and snow. Can be shared/rented, coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$300Rxx (car camp)x
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Stove1Stove including pad for snow. Should be powerful enough to melt snow for drinking water (there are many options that listed in the example link). Can be shared, coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$100xx (car camp) x
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Cook set1Minimum .75 L pot. Can be shared, coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$50xx (car camp)x
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Cup1Can substitute a wide-mouth Nalgene as your cup.Click Here$10ooo
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Spoon/Bowl1Something suitable for eating meals.Click Here$10xxx
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Snow shovel1Can be shared/rented, coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$45Rxx
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ToiletriesPersonal toiletries like toilet paper, toothbrush, etc.Click Hereooo
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Pack towel1Use to dry inside of tent, feet, wet gear.Click Here$10ooo
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Down booties1Optional but very nice on cold snowy nights to give your feet a rest from the mountaineering boots.Click Here$40oo
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Practice rope1Given to you on first day of class to practice knots.xxxxxx
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Climbing harness1Must have gear loops. Adjustable leg loops not required, but harness must fit over both light layers as well as warm thick layers of clothing.Click Here$55xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Climbing helmet1Must be CE or UIAA approved. No bike or ski helmets.Click Here$70xxxxxxx
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Belay/rappel device1ATC Guide or similar.Click Here$30xxxxxxxxxxxx
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Rescue pulley1Must be prusik-minding.Click Here$15xxx
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Locking carabiners4At least 2 should be large, type "HMS".
Click Here$48xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Non-locking carabiners4Standard size any style non-locking carabiners.Click Here$32xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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4' length of 5mm perlon1For your auto-block prusik. REI cord not recommended.
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6' length of 6mm perlon1For your personal prusik. REI cord not recommended.$2xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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16'-22' length of 6mm perlon (will be cut into 2 prusiks in class)1For glacier prusiks, a different color than your personal prusik. Length of cord required ranges from 16' to 22', based on height. FOTH pg 379 has sizing chart. REI cord not recommended.$5xxxxxxx
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11' length of 1" tubular webbing1For chest harness.$3xxxxxxxx
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Single-length (24") sewn runners2Click Here$20xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Double-length (48") sewn runner1Click Here$15xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Personal anchor1Must be a pre-sewn PAS.Click Here$30xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Ice axe leash1Alternate: 7' length of 5/8" tubular webbing.Click Here$18xxxxxx
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Ice axe1No longer than bottom of the shaft touching your ankle when hanging in your hand, no shorter than mid-calf. Must have steel head, shaft can be other material.Click Here$80Rxxxxxx
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Crampons1These MUST BE STEEL. No exceptions. A tyvek bag is nice to protect other gear from the sharp points.Click Here$170Rxxx
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Snow picket124" length (36" is okay if you already have one).Click Here$20xxx
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Wands8Can be made from garden supplies (see link to example).Click Here$10xx
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Micro spikes1Nice for Mt. Si if conditions are icy.Click Here$60o
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Snow goggles1Provides a bit more protection from the elements than just sunglasses, sometimes good on the Baker climb depending on conditions.Click Here$50ooo
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Clear goggles1Nice when conditions are rough and it's an alpine start in the dark.$30oo
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Master List
Mt Si
Spire 1 & 2
Mt Erie
Vantage
Snow 1
Alpine
Snow 2
Mt Baker