Even though weight is always a consideration, mountaineering is not an ultralight activity. You’ll need to have more than the basics to survive unexpected mountain weather (which you should always plan for). To determine what you need to bring, think about the length of your climb, how remote the location is and the weather forecast. (You'll also need to have the necessary technical skills, of course.)
How to Use This Mountaineering Checklist
Use this checklist while you plan and when you pack to make sure you don’t forget anything important. Here are a few tips on how to use this list:
- Beyond items listed as optional, this list likely includes other items you won’t take, too. It’s intentionally comprehensive, but it isn’t the final word on things. Add or subtract items as you see the need.
- Items that are part of the Ten Essentials systems are marked by an asterisk (*). While the Ten Essentials systems are not optional, the exact items you take for each system can be tailored to your trip based on considerations such as weather, difficulty, duration and distance from help. To learn more, see our article on the Ten Essentials.
- Print out the PDF version for easy use at home.
Hardware quantities depend on route.
For Technical or Mixed Routes:
Crevasse Rescue Gear:
Food & Water
Clothing & Footwear
Pack extra dry clothes * beyond those required for the trip.
Emergency & First Aid
Health & Hygiene
Sun and bug protection:
Tools & Repair Items
All of the following items are optional, and you'll need to decide how much you're willing to carry if you decide to bring one or more of them along.
* These items are part of the Ten Essentials systems. The exact items you take for each system can be tailored to your trip based on considerations such as weather, difficulty, duration and distance from help. To learn more, see our article on the Ten Essentials.