Chamonix Rock Climbing Guide

Rock Climbing

Kit List for Rock Climbing without snowy / glacial approaches

Bring this list on your course as a daily kit check before departure.


  • Clothing – Loose fitting comfortable clothing to cover both warm and cold days. Shorts and T-shirts may be ideal on the coast one day whilst thermals and fleece layers are the way forward for a mountain route.
  • Walking boots or approach shoes – Trainers / approach shoes are adequate for accessing most crags and are lighter to carry on the route.
  • Rucksack – Around 25 – 40L, with a waterproof liner. You should be able to get all the kit listed here inside.

Personal Items

  • Harness – make sure it fits before the course and is not too big at its smallest possible waist size. Likewise that you can get it over fleeces, waterproofs etc.
  • Helmet – Easily adjustable and big enough to go over a warm hat.
  • Rock climbing shoes – See our advice article on these.
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers – Lightweight waterproofs will be sufficient for most courses.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves
  • Water Bottle and Packed Lunch – At least 1L Capacity.
  • Spare Warm layer – Large fleece or light duvet jacket.
  • Personal First Aid Kit – Plasters and personal medication.
  • Sun cream,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat
  • Head Torch
  • Emergency Survival Bag
  • Cash – For the essential climbers Cafes!

Optional Items

  • Hardware – Ideally also bring a belay plate, 120cm sling, 2 prussiks and 3 screw gate karabiners (one HMS). (Optional).
  • Chalk Bag – For harder climbs.
  • Climbing Rack – If you own them please bring your own protection – wires, hexes, friends, quickdraws etc.
  • Local Guidebooks and Maps

Group Items – Supplied by your Guide

  • Ropes
  • Climbing Rack
  • Group Shelter
  • Guidebooks and Maps
  • Spare cord for abseiling (‘tat’!)
  • Knife, for cutting the above