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Ice Climbing Gear Checklist

A list of ice climbing gear for vertical ice adventures:

Personal Gear:
[ ] Helmet: Surprise, ice falls and stitches are not cool Boots: Insulated leather or plastic. Dependent on type of climbing and location.
[ ] Adjustable leg loop harness
[ ] Locking carabiner and tube style belay device able to handle two ropes.
[ ] Large crag pack
[ ] Headlamp: It’s winter and it gets dark early, often overlooked
[ ] Ice tools: Leashed or leashless
[ ] Crampons: Appropriate for your boots and be sure they fit before you head out
[ ] Spare picks, small tools to make adjustments/repairs to crampons and tools.
Clothing:
[ ] High quality socks, no cotton. Extra pair is good for climbs with long approaches
[ ] Base layers
[ ] Mid layers
[ ] Shell or softshell – top and bottoms
[ ] Hat and a spare
[ ] Balaclava
[ ] Neck warmer
[ ] Gauntlet gloves with extra layers that are dry
[ ] Insulated belay jacket to fit over all your layers
[ ] Big belay mittens
Ice Rack:
[ ] Dry rope 60 meter X ~ 10mm or Double/twin ropes 60 meter dry
[ ] Ice screws: number and length depends on numerous things A few quickdraws
[ ] 10 shoulder length slings
[ ] 15 free carabiners: wire gates are best
[ ] A sub 20 foot cordelette for equalizing anchors
[ ] A few locking carabiners
Mixed Rack:
[ ] 10 quickdraws
[ ] One set of large stoppers
[ ] Three small cams
[ ] Three mid sized cams
[ ] Two big hexes
[ ] Two long Knifeblade pitons
[ ] One small baby angle
[ ] One larger angle
[ ] A few shoulder length slings
Accessories/extras/specials
[ ] Coat hanger bent into a hook for threading anchors
[ ] Thermos or insulated water bottle
[ ] File
[ ] Extra pick and tools to change it
[ ] Good sunglasses
[ ] Ski poles for long/steep approaches
[ ] Simple first aid kit
[ ] “Shake and Warm” handwarmer packets
[ ] Snacks with high calorie content

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