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Mt Hood Basic Summit Climb Equipment List

As you may well know, the need for proper clothing and equipment are vital prerequisites to any outing. We believe this to be an essential element to your safety in the outdoors and maintain a policy whereby any person who attends a class or climb without the following listed gear and the type indicated is not able to participate and will forfeit their entire fees. If you have any questions, please call us. If we are not in, be prepared to leave a day and evening phone number with a message and we will return your call as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Boots* - The mountaineering boots we will provide are plastic shells with a separate inner boot for warmth and comfort. If you bring your own boots, they need to be waterproof and crampon compatible.
  • Crampons* - 12 point, hinged are standard. “Clamp-on” type, or strapped systems are acceptable.  Make sure they are adjusted to fit your boots.
  • Daypack* (2,500-3,500 c.i.) – Soft or internal frame (internal frame will be easier on your shoulders).  We recommend placing  all gear in plastic bags inside your pack (Oregon, drip, drip, drip…).
  • Gaiters* - Gaiters are leggings that prevent snow, rock, etc. from entering your boots.  Make sure your gaiters are large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots.
  • Hiking Poles/Ski Poles* – Highly recommend but not required - A welcome relief prior to depending upon your ice axe at higher elevations. These will be stashed at the “hogsback” on south side climbs, and retrieved and utilized on your descent.
  • Ice Axe* - 70 centimeters is recommended as a good all-around length for a Mt Hood climb (leash required).
  • Sit Harness w/Locking Carabiner* - When choosing a harness, adjustable leg loops allow for not only varied leg size, but for putting on over additional clothing and boots.
  • Helmet* - A helmet designed for climbing.
  • Headlamp* - A manufactured headlamp designed to keep your hands free.  Bring an extra set of batteries and spare bulb.

*The above items can be provided by NWSOS at no extra charge if reserved ahead of time.

  • Gloves and/or Mittens – They should provide protection from precipitation and wind.  Layering is still the best method.  Ski gloves work well as long as they do not become wet.  Bring a spare pair.  If you have a predisposition to cold hands, consider bringing mittens.
  • Hat - Wool, pile or similar. Ideally a stocking cap, but a very thin liner “skull-cap” might be desired under your helmet.
  • Facemask or neck gaiter – Its amazing how much warmer you’ll be by keeping the wind off your face and neck.
  • Socks - Polypro, Thermax, Wool or blends (no large ribs).  A recommended layering method is achieved by using a thin pair of “wicking” socks under a thick insulating sock. 
  • Base Layer – Light to medium weight long underwear (top/bottom) made from synthetic polypro, Thermax, Capilene, or similar material designed to wick moisture away from the body.
  • Mid Layer – Wool or fleece pile sweater or jacket and pant for insulating layer.
  • Insulated Coat – With down or synthetic fibers for warmth when taking breaks and for the summit.
  • Outer Shell – Breathable wind and waterproof shell pant and jacket. GORE-TEX or similar material.
  • Sunglasses - Must have U.V. protection.  Ideally, they should have side shields or wrap around on the sides to prevent eye damage from the intensity of the sun, both from above and from reflection off the snow.
  • Goggles - Provides eye protection from the wind, sun, and blowing snow. 
  • Water - Two liters minimum each day.
  • Lunch & Snacks - Most important!  Bring foods you enjoy and will eat.  You must fuel your exercise.  High carbohydrates and fats:  Cheese, dried fruit, bagels etc.   Carry some type of snack you can keep in your pocket for easy access while climbing.
  • Personal Medicines & Toiletries (toilet paper, medicines you need, etc).


Lip Balm, sunscreen.
OPTIONAL ITEMS               

Ball cap, camera, personal items, no alcohol/drugs.

  • Have an extra set of clothes to change into after the climb.
  • You are responsible for all meals, lodging, air/ground transportation.
  • Please do not forget any items on the equipment list.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (503) 668-8264. If we are not in, leave a message and we will return your call as necessary.
Again, items with an asterisk in the above list can be provided to you at no charge. Just let us know your needs ahead of time.  You can reserve the gear when filling out the preliminary registration form online or call us at (503) 668-8264 to reserve your gear.
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