Alpine Climbing

Note: This page is provided for for a brief informational page for Glasgow University Mountaineering Club Members only and is in no way a comprehensive guide. Please be safe and understand the participation statement that you will have agreed to to be a member of the club.

For those going on our yearly alps trip here's a little page of what you might need - all stolen from the Needle Sports page so credit to them:

Main Kit:
  • Trekking Poles
  • Technical Axe - 55cm curved alpine style axe is ideal
  • Technical Hammer - shorter hammer, around 50cm
  • Crampons
  • Boots
  • Helmet
  • Expedition Pack/Gear Bag - for leaving at main camp
  • Climbing Pack - Big enough for several bivis around 40-50L
  • Ropes - dry treated unless you want to drag up a few extra kilos in weight
  • Harness


  • Slings - quick to place and v. useful - take lots
  • Quickdraws - probably want around 10
  • Set of Nuts
  • Cams if you have them
  • Pegs if you have them
  • Icescrews - needed for crevasse rescue and ice routes
  • Warthogs - handy for black ice often encountered in summer
  • Belay plates - probably want to learn the italian hitch in case you drop it, or have a spare
  • Prussiks, or feel the wrath of the safety person
  • Ab Tat
  • Abalakov threader, if you have one

Bivi Gear:

  • Tent
  • Thermarest
  • Sleeping bag - a warm one, it can get chilly at night
  • Bivi bag - if you haven't got one, a tent between two or three is a cheaper (and warmer) alternative
  • Bivi boots
  • Pee bottle - if you're feeling lazy
  • Stove - For summer use, gas is fine, however gas won't burn effectively below 0 degrees, so use something else for winter
  • Fuel
  • Lighter
  • Plate/Bowl
  • Mug
  • Knife/Spoon/Fork/Spork
  • Tupperware - Works for sandwiches and as a hard, dry container for valuables
  • Water containers - sigg flasks are durable but heavy (heavier than plastic anyway), plastic bottles are more likely to break but light; depends if you want to risk having no water to shave off a few grams


  • Baselayers (preferably longsleeved to prevent sunburn)
  • Belay Jacket (or down)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Windproof Top
  • Softshell Trousers
  • Thick Socks
  • Gaiters
  • Buff
  • Hat
  • Liner Gloves
  • Thick Gloves
  • Other Clothing


  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Maps and Map Case
  • Goggles, Glacier Goggles or Sunglasses
  • Guide Books
  • Suncream
  • Lip Balm (with spf)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Penknife
  • Headtorch + spare
  • Batteries
  • Biro
  • Watch


  • EHIC
  • Tickets (if you need them)
  • Credit/Debit Card (or pre-paid loaded card)
  • Cash
  • Driver's Licence (if you're a minibus driver)
  • Road Map, unless you want to do a Steve