Ice Climbing

Here’s a list for Euro style cascade climbing, based on staying in the valley overnight. Warm clothing and a sharp pair of axes and crampons are key

  • Helmet (available for hire)
  • Ice Axe and Ice Hammer. If you are going leashless then some form of spring loaded tether is essential
  • Crampons inc. Anti Balling Plates (available for hire)
  • Boots & Gaiters – For ice climbing, you will need a B3 (i.e. fully rigid) boot. If you need more details on these B ratings, click here. Although boots can be hired, I would avoid this if possible and have your own boots to keep blisters to a minimum.
  • Blister prevention and treatment kit: Compeed and Strappal tape
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves and Spares – If you get cold hands then mitts may be good for belaying.
  • Headtorch with fully charged battery
  • Water Bottle and/or thermos flask. I vary between a 0.5 litre flask and a litre water bottle with a foam case
  • Sunglasses (protection level 3 for high altitude) – goggles are sometimes useful to combat spindrift
  • Suncream & Lip salve
  • Harness (available for hire)
  • Belay plate. We may use skinny ice climbing ropes in which case I can lend you a device suited to these.
  • Glacier Travel kit. Depends on the nature of the climbing we do. For more info, click here
  • Rucksack: between 35 and 50 litres capacity. (available for hire)
  • Waterproof Top
  • Waterproof Bottoms: a full side zip is useful to be able to get them on and off over crampons
  • A layered clothing system comprising base layer, mid layer and fleece.
  • Down jacket for belay stances and/or cold days
  • Good quality socks
  • Snack food – fruit or crunchy bars are better than chocolate as a rule.