ISM has a large stock of mountaineering equipment, and can lend you the following items FREE OF CHARGE. However, it is always nice to use your own kit, so please bring it along if you have it.
Crampons Harness Rock climbing shoes Belay device, karabiners, slings and prussiks
ISM will also supply all ropes and climbing hardware.
Personal Clothing: Dressing properly for the
mountains can make the difference between an enjoyable trip and an
uncomfortable one. Clothing should give the right degree of warmth for
the activity, wick perspiration and be easy to ventilate. You should
avoid clothes made from cotton as they become cold when wet.
Waterproof, breathable jacket - e.g. Arc'teryx Alpha FL jacket
Waterproof trousers - e.g. Arc'teryx Alpha AR pant
Rock climbing shoes - essential on all technical courses
Warm Gloves - e.g. Arc'teryx Beta AR glove or the Zenta LT glove
Thinner fleece gloves - e.g. Arc'teryx Rivet AR glove
Thermal Tops x 2 - e.g. Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck Longsleeve
Mid-layer Powerstretch Top - e.g. Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody
Mid-layer warmer insulating piece - e.g. Arc'teryx Nuclei Hoody
Mountain trousers - e.g. Arc'teryx Gamma AR pant
Warm hat to fit under a helmet - e.g. Arc'teryx Molly and Moe Toque Hat
Trekking socks and spares
Head torchand spare batteries
Rucksack 40 to 50 litres - e.g. Arc'teryx FL45
Small personal first aid kit ( inlcuding ‘Compeed’ and tape for blisters and pain killers e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen)
Water bottle/Camelback (1 to 1.5 litres recommended) N.B. Camelback’s external tubes can freeze in very cold conditions
Sunglasses (Cat 4 rating is preferable)
Sun cream and lip block (factor 25+, total block)
Compass and whistle (optional)
Sun Hat - such e.g. Sinsolo hat
Toothbrush/toothpaste/small wash kit
Money, passport, Alpine Club/BMC membership card (if you are a member)
Trekking Poles (optional)
Sheet sleeping bag - obligatory in huts. Full sleeping bags are not required
Ear plugs (optional - it can be noisy in huts!)
Travelling clothes/change of clothes for the evening
Spare clothes for wearing in the valley (during most courses we usually have at least one valley night when you can freshen up)
Your Guide will have the correct maps and guidebooks
Mountaineering Equipment (ISM can lend you if required)
Ice axe - 50 to 60cms long, depending on your height
Crampons - 12 point crampons e.g. Petzl Charlet Vasak for general mountaineering or Petzl Charlet Sarken's for more technical mountaineering
Helmet - e.g. the Petzl Sirocco helmet
Harness - e.g. Arc-teryx R-320a harness
Belay plate with screwgate karabiner - e.g. Petzl Reverso and Petzl Attache HMS screwgate karabiner
Ice hammer (for technical courses only) - 50 cms to 55cms long
Mountaineering Equipment (please bring with you if you can)
2 x HMS screwgate karabiners - such as the Petzl Attache HMS screwgate karabiner
2 x prusik cord with 1 x snapgate karabiner - prusik cord is generally 5 or 6mm in diameter and about 130cm in length. The prusik cord is then knotted together using a fishermans knot to create a tied loop. This tied loop (now about 45cm in it's doubled up length) can now be used to make prusik knots (prusiks are used in crevasse rescue and when ascending ropes, which is called prusiking)
Sewn tape sling - a 120cm sewn Dyneema tape sling is perfect for snow and rock belays
For Technical AlpinISM only- a rack of nuts, 6 quickdraws and 3 or 4 ice screws if you have them.
Both shops stock a wide range of equipment and offer a disount if you book a course with ISM. Please quote the 'discount code', which you will receive when your booking is confirmed. (Can be used in store or online).
Testimonials For ISM
The course content was brilliant. No knocking whatsoever. We had Jacky for the duration, and his experience shines through and his leadership. He taught me a lot of things, not just the black and white of things but actually quick methods to overcome tricky situations!
Just a quick word of thanks for the course last week. Our guide Tom was excellent and covered a lot of miles to ensure we got the best conditions and great routes in and was always ready with a word or two of advice when needed - please pass my thanks on to him,
Thank you very much for an enjoyable and inspiring week in the Alps, and for your patience and good humour throughout. You have a completely satisfied customer and I hope to join another ISM course sometime in the future.