Alpine Treks - Trek & Summit Weeks

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 any technical hardware required.

Technical Equipment which ISM can provide (FREE OF CHARGE - however we expect any lost items to be replaced)

  • Rucksack
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ropes and technical hardware

Personal Clothing Note

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.

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

Clothing and General Equipment

  • Waterproof, breathable jacket - such as the Arc'teryx Alpha FL jacket
  • Waterproof trousers - such as the Arc'teryx Alpha AR pant
  • Mountaineering boots (please see Boots section for further details.)
  • Gaiters - optional
  • 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
  • Map - your guide will have the correct map
  • Compass and whistle (optional)
  • Needlesports 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/Camelback (1 to 1.5 litres recommended) NB. Camelback’s external tubes can freeze in very cold conditions
  • Pen Knife
  • Sunglasses (Cat 4 rating is preferable)
  • Sun cream (factor 25+, total block) and lip block
  • Sun Hat - such as the Sinsolo hat
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Money, Passport, Alpine Club/BMC membership if you are a member
  • Trekking Poles - optional
  • Sheet sleeping bag - obligatory in most huts
  • Ear plugs - optional
  • Camera
  • Training/approach shoes - travelling and evening wear
  • Spare clothes for wearing in the valley (during away courses we usually have one valley night in which to freshen up).

Technical Equipment (can be provided free of charge by ISM)

  • Ice axe - 50 to 60cms long, depending on your height - such as the Petzl Charlet Summit axe
  • Crampons - 12 point crampons such as the Petzl Charlet Vasak for general mountaineering
  • Helmet - such as the DMM Ascent helmet
  • Harness - such as the Arc'teryx R-320a

PLEASE NOTE that Sleeping bags are NOT required in huts, but sleeping bag liners are now obligatory

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Boots and Crampons - guidance notes