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.
I’m a big fan of check lists – check out The Check List Manifesto by Atul Gawande.
This page functions as an online checklist by checking off the tick button for each item.
Alternatively, access a print version by hitting the button to the right.
This will hide all the images and supplementary info and you can then print it off as a hard copy.
|Things to climb with.
|For ice climbing, you will need a B3 (i.e. fully rigid) boot
|I use Scarpa Phantom Guides
|A pair of rigid crampons will provide best performance
|I use Grivel G20 monopoints
|Ice axe and Hammer
|There's a wide range of great axes on the market
|I use DMM Switches. Disclosure - they were given to me for a field test years ago. I've carried on using them
|Leashless is definitely the way forward, but…
|some form of system is essential if we're on multi pitch in particular
|There's not many pieces of Camp kit I use, but a helmet is one
|The Camp Armour has done me very well for years
|Adjustable legs and plenty of racking
|I have an Arc'teryx model. Ice screw holders from Petzl or BD are useful too
|120 cm slings
|3 should do it
|I use Petzl 3D Attaches
|This needs to be compatible with skinny ropes
|I use a Petzl Reverso with a dedicated krab
|About 40 liters should do it
|I use a Lowe Alpine Alpine Attack 35
|Fresh batteries or fully charged
|I use a Petzl Tikka RXP as it has reactive lighting and a red bulb option as well
|Staying warm is a very good idea
|That's underpants in northern England
|Good quality socks are essential.
|I use Lenz heated socks. I must be getting soft
|Depending on temperatures, you may need 1, 2 or 3 leg layers
|I'm testing out some kit from Natural Peak. So far so good...
|The second layer of leg insulation
|Sometimes I even use a sleeveless salopette, aso known as a Farmer John or a romper suit
|A good shell pant with side zips
|I use Arc'teryx pants Alpha AR with full side zips for uphill effort or getting on and off over boots
|Required if your boots don't have an integral gaiter
|Scarpa Phantom Guides, like many full winter boots, have an integral gaiter. If you're more traditional then get gaitered. Calf to knee length please.
|A long sleeved crew necked or short zip top
|Mid layer top
|A long sleeved top with a full length zip
|A model with a hood can be useful
|A light weight synthetic or down jacket
|I use the Arc'teryx Atom. Light and warm
|A good quality waterproof, windproof and breathable shell jacket
|I use the Arc'teryx FL
|This goes on over the shell
|I have an old Lowe Alpine Camp 4 jacket with a hood.
|Woolly hat. Long enough to cover your ears as well
|Baseball cap if you want to look continental, a cricket hat for Brits
|Useful on walk ins
|Low light screen useful
|Very rare to use these
|Gloves to climb with
|I use BD dry tooling gloves
|For when it's chilly. Mittens if you must, but not recommended
|I have a pair of ski gloves that stay down the front of my jacket and get swopped out as soon as I reach the belay
|Protection from lumps of ice as well as UV
|I use Cébé S'Tracks with interchangeable lenses
|SPF 30-50. Just enough to last the trip. Share with your mates?
|Don't share this with anyone unless you're prepared to kiss them
|So you can get up for breakfast at the right time.
|I use a Suunto with an integrated GPS
|Depending on our plan for the day
|Something to go in that bag
|Chocolate, nuts, energy gels ? Keep some in your pockets
|"How much water do I need?". If I had a £ for every time...
|A flask is normally a good idea
|For beers and snacks at the end of the day
|Keep it switched off and somewhere warm.
|Make sure you know the emergency number for the area. Ask me if you don't