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.  This should include base layers (long or short sleved), trousers and/or shorts, mid-layer fleece, warm layer and waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Walking boots or approach shoes – Trainers / approach shoes are adequate for accessing most crags and are lighter to carry on the route e.g. Arc’teryx Lonseal LT Shoe.
  • Rucksack – Around 25 – 40L, with a waterproof liner. You should be able to get all the kit listed here inside.  A good example of a suitable rucksack is the Arc’teryx Alpha AR 35  Other suitable rucksacks can be viewed HERE.
Arcteryx Alpha AH Rucksack
Arcteryx Alpha AH Rucksack – A suitable rucksack for Alpine Mountaineering
  • 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 e.g Petzl Hirundos Harness.
  • Helmet – Easily adjustable and big enough to go over a warm hat or headband underneath.  Black Diamond Half Dome helmet or Petzl Meteor Helmet are good examples.
  • Rock climbing shoes – See our advice article on these.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves
  • Water Bottle and Packed Lunch – At least 1L Capacity and food for the day to include a packed lunch.
  • Spare Warm layer – Large fleece or light duvet jacket.
  • Personal First Aid Kit – Plasters and personal medication.
  • Sun cream & Lip salve
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat
  • Head Torch
  • Emergency Survival Bag
  • Cash – For the essential climbers Cafes!
Rock climbing at Les Cheserys with the Mont Blanc Massif behind.

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