WAC Basic Climbing Class Master Gear List
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**Example links generally go to REI.com. However, there are so many options for outfitters in the Seattle area as well as other websites 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. PriceMap & CompassKnots 1Knots 2AnchorsRock IIKnots ExamZ-PulleyMt SiSpire 1 & 2Mt ErieVantageSnow 1 (overnight)Alpine 1 & 2Snow 2 (overnight - car camping)Mt Baker (overnight)
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Medium backpack (35-40L)1Nice to have for day trips where you carry less gear, average volume 35-40L. This pack likely won't be large enough for the overnight trips.Click Here$175xxxxxx
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Large backpack (50-60L)1Must be large enough to fit ALL overnight equipment, food / water, and climbing gear. Make sure it also has enough room for group gear - you might also be carrying a rope, pickets, or other gear shared among the class. 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$300x
(for fitting texas prusik)
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(for fitting crampons)
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Climbing shoes1Optional. Climbing shoes you would wear at the climbing gym. Used only for the Vantage weekend.o
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Light hikers / trail shoes1Optional. Condition dependant, can be used for hike up / down Mt. Si. You will be standing around practicing knots, navigation, etc at the top of Si so will need appropriate footwear for the weather / trail conditions, especially if it’s wet, cold, or snowy.oo
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Heavy socks2Wool or synthetic.Click Here$26x
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Liner gloves2+Light gloves for either mild conditions or to layer under heavier gloves for colder conditions. Wool or synthetic.Click Here$50xxxxxxxx
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Winter gloves1Waterproof and insulated. Can be one piece or a “system” of a warm inner glove plus waterproof outer shell.Click Here$100xxxxxxxx
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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. Make sure they fit well over your mountaineering boot.Click Here$60xoooxxxx
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Cold weather hat1Wool or synthetic. Make sure this fits comfortably under your climbing helmet.Click Here$30xxxxxxxx
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Balaclava or neck gaiter / buff1Balaclava 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$50xxxxxxxx
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Base-layer bottom1Wool or synthetic worn as first layer against skin.Click Here$50xxxxxxxx
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Mid-layer top1This layer is typically worn above your base layer and below your puffy jacket or hard-shell for insulation. Aim for it to be warm enough in rainy/wet conditions close to freezing.Click Here$70xxxxxxxx
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Light Puffy jacket1This is a thicker insulated jacket (down or synthetic) to keep you warm in sub-freezing temperatures. A hood is recommended.Click Here$225xxxxxxxx
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Big puffy jacket1This is a heavy puffy coat/parka (down or synthetic). Used when it’s very cold or when in camp on overnight trips. Required for overnights. Optional for other trips, if you want extra warmth or run cold.Click Here$350ooooxoox
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Soft shell pants1Synthetic pants that are breathable and can dry quickly. Comfortable for hiking and climbing. Click Here$150xxxxxxxx
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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 NOT an acceptable substitute given wet weather in the PNW. However, some like to have a softshell in addition to their other layers.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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Heavy winter overmitts1Optional. Glove for colder conditions. Should be able to keep hands very warm and dry. Highly recommended if your hands get cold easily. Gore-Tex is recommended. OR Alti Mitts are a good example.Click Here$100oooo (recommended)oo (recommended)o (recommended)
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Liner socks2Optional. Can be used as part of a 2-sock system for managing sweat, temperature, and blisters. If used, liners are wool or synthetic and often thin compared with heavy socks.Click Here$20oooooooo
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Bandana1Optional. Can be used for sun protection or as a bandage. Cotton OK.$5oooooooo
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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$50xxxxxxx
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Compass1Must have adjustable declination.Click Here$20xxxxxxx
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MapVaries for the different field trips. Must have paper map for Mt Si, put in plastic bag to protect from water. Digital map ok in addition to having paper maps for other weekends.$20xxxxxx
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Lip balm1SPF 15+Click Here$2xxxxxxxx
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Sunscreen1SPF 30+Click Here$7xxxxxxxx
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Sun glasses (or glacier glasses)1Must have good side coverage and have dark lenses (ideally “category 4”).Click Here$60xxxxxxxx
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Water bottles or Hydration bladder (3 liters of capacity)3Nalgene-type, wide-mouth bottle or hydration bladder. Note hydration bladder hoses can freeze in snow and cold weather if care is not taken. Must 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+Can get free at Seattle REI Ranger StationClick Here$0xoox
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Waterproof matches1Click Here$5xxxxx
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Emergency bivy bag1Hardsheet synthetic emergency warmth and protection.Click Here$10xxxxx
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Trekking poles1Click Here$50xxxxx
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Food and waterVariesFood and water, as appropriate for the trip, weather, etc. Minimum 3L water.xxxxxxxx
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Hand warmers1Optional. Nice to have on long days out in the cold.Click Here$4xxxxxxxx
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Toe warmers1Optional. Nice to have on long days out in the cold.Click Here$5oooooooo
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Ground cloth / Small tarp1Optional. Nice to put on the ground for “pack checks” so gear does not get wet or muddy.$5ooooo
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Sleeping pad1Full length, suitable for snow camping. Can be nice to carry a 2nd pad for warmth on snow. Some people like to have a cheap closed cell foam pad underneath a regular inflatable pad when on snow.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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Tent1Can be shared/rented. Should be tough enough to handle some wind and snow. Coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$300xxx
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Snow stakes for tent4+Your typical thin stakes that came with your tent won't work in the snow. You will need some snow stakes. Alternatives are burying other objects as deadmen anchors such as poles, stuff sacks full of snow etc.Click Here$3xx
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Stove1Can be shared. Stove including pad for snow. Should be powerful enough to melt snow for drinking water (there are many options that listed in the example link). Coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$100xxx
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Cook set1Can be shared. Minimum 0.75 L pot. Coordinate with your classmates.Click Here$50xxx
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Cup1Optional. Can 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. Will be used to dig out your tent platforms.Click Here$45xx
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ToiletriesPersonal toiletries like toilet paper, toothbrush, etc.Click Hereooo
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Pack towel1Optional. Use to dry inside of tent, feet, wet gear.Click Here$10ooo
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Down booties1Optional. Very nice on cold snowy nights to give your feet a rest from the mountaineering boots.Click Here$40oo
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Sit pad1Optional. Can make from cheap closed cell foam pad. Nice to sit or stand on in the snow during class.$8ooo
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Practice rope1Given to you on first day of class to practice knots.xxxxxxx
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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$55xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Climbing helmet1Must be CE or UIAA approved. No bike or ski helmets. Make sure your winter hat fits comfortably under your climbing helmet.Click Here$60xxxxxxxx
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Belay/rappel device1ATC Guide/ Petzl Reverso or similar - must have a “guide mode” for belaying off an anchor.Click Here$30xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Rescue pulley1Must be prusik-minding. Fixed pulleys (ex: Petzl Fixie) are NOT allowed.Click Here$15xxxx
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Locking carabiners4At least 2 should be large, type "HMS" biners - look for a small H inside a circle. Must be rated for climbing.Click Here$48xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Non-locking carabiners4Standard size, non-locking carabiners. Any style ok. Must be rated for climbing.Click Here$32xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Sterling Rope HollowBlock Loop Cord - 13.5" (6.8mm)1For your auto-block used on extended rappel
Click Here$13xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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6' length of 5mm perlon1For your personal prusik. REI cord not recommended.$2xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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22' length of 5mm 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 (10th Ed. pg 394 has sizing chart. REI cord not recommended. DO NOT pre-cut, we will help you in class.$5xxxxxxx
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11' length of 1" tubular webbing1$3xxxxxx
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Single-length (24"/ 60cm) sewn runners2Click Here$20xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Double-length (48"/ 120cm) sewn runner1Click Here$15xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Personal anchor1Must be a Metolius, pre-sewn PAS. Cannot use runners or Purcell Prusik.Click Here$30xxxxxxxxxxx
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Ice axe leash1Pre-sewn or alternatively 7’ of 5/8” tubular webbing.Click Here$18xxxxx
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Ice axe1Can be rented. No 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 aluminum or other material. Click Here$80xxxxx
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Crampons1Can be rented. These MUST BE STEEL. No exceptions. A tyvek bag is nice to protect other gear from the sharp points.Click Here$170x
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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 spikes1Optional. Can be useful on Mt. Si if conditions a icy.Click Here$60o
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Snow goggles1Optional. Provides a bit more protection from sun or weather than basic sunglasses or glacier glasses. Can be good on the Baker climb, depending on conditions.Click Here$50ooo
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Clear goggles1Optional. Nice when weather conditions are bad and you're starting a climb in the dark.$30oo
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