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Ice Climbing (Winter) Equipment

ISM has a large stock of mountaineering equipment which is lent to clients at no extra charge. Experienced climbers will find it best to bring their own tried and tested personal equipment.

Your Guide / ISM will supply all ropes and climbing hardware.

Technical Equipment which ISM can provide (FREE OF CHARGE - however we ask you to replace any item you lose)

  • Rucksack
  • Ice axe
  • Ice hammer
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay device and karabiner
  • Ropes and technical hardware (the rack / ice screws)

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 and clammy when wet.

ISM Online Shop - In partnership with the Climbers Shop, ISM can now offer very competitive prices at special discounted rates to all our clients, on leading brands of outdoor clothing and equipment. If you're an ISM client booked onto a course, then you will have received a 'discount code' which can be used either in the shop or buying directly from the Climbers Shop website by clicking the link below.

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Equipment List

  • Waterproof, breathable jacket - such as the Arc'teryx Alpha FL jacket
  • Waterproof trousers - such as the Arc'teryx Alpha AR pant
  • 3/4 season mountaineering boots (please see Boots section for further details.)
  • Warm Gloves - such as the Arc'teryx Beta AR glove or the Zenta LT glove
  • Thinner fleece gloves - such as the Arc'teryx Rivet AR glove
  • Thermal Tops x 2 - such as the Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck Longsleeve
  • Mid-layer Powerstretch Top - such as the Arc'teryx Fortrez Hoody
  • Mid-layer warmer insulating piece - such as the Arc'teryx Nuclei Hoody
  • Mountain trousers - such as the Arc'teryx Gamma AR pant
  • Warm hat to fit under a helmet - such as the Arc'teryx Molly and Moe Toque Hat
  • Trekking socks and spares
  • The guide will have the correct maps and guidebooks
  • Compass and whistle (optional).
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Rucksack 40 to 50 litres - such as the Arc'teryx FL45
  • Small personal first aid kit (‘Compeed’ and tape for blisters and pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen).
  • Water Bottle or flask for hot drinks in the winter
  • Pen Knife
  • Sunglasses - (Cat 4 rating is preferable)
  • Sun cream (factor 25+, total block) and lip block
  • Trekking Poles
  • Money, Passport, Alpine Club/BMC card if you are a member
  • Camera
  • Training/approach shoes - for travelling and evening wear
  • Spare clothes for wearing in the valley

Technical Equipment

  • A pair of technical ice tools - such as the Petzl Charlet Quark, Petzl Chalet Nomic or the Grivel Matrix
  • Crampons - such as the Petzl Charlet Dartwin
  • Helmet - such as the DMM Ascent helmet
  • Harness - such as the Arc'teryx R-320a
  • Belay plate with screwgate karabiner - such as the Petzl Reverso 4 and DMM Boa HMS screwgate karabiner
  • 2 x HMS screwgate karabiners - such as the DMM Boa HMS screwgate karabiner
  • 2 x Prusik Cord with 1 x snapgate karabiner - Prusik cord is generally 5 or 6mm in diameter & about 100cm 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 & rock belays

PLEASE NOTE - You will need to bring a thin sheet sleeping bag if staying any nights in huts. Sleeping bags are NOT required in huts.

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BUYING EQUIPMENT For a list of recommended retailers in the UK and discount arrangements please go to our Partners page.

Boots and Crampons - guidance notes