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Gear List: Cragging Days

"Cragging" refers to road-side single-pitch or short multi-pitch rock climbing. Because its road-side, we can get away with a lot more stuff then we can on alpine or longer multi-pitch rock routes. Here's what I usually carry:

Group Gear Provided

  • Ropes
  • Climbing protection
  • Comprehensive first aid kit to stabilize bleeding and fractures
  • Emergency communication - cell phone, satellite phone, or beacon device

Personal Gear

  • Internal frame pack - 40 to 45L is the most versatile combination of space but not too big. Mine has lasted me for 15 years, and shows no sign of quiting. Metolius Express Haul Pack
  • Appropriate footwear - running shoes or approach shoes work best. Scarpa Gecko
  • 1-2 Liters of water. I typically use 1L Nalgene bottles for these days
  • Lunch - we can take an actual lunch break, so really anything goes
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Small first aid kit with a couple of band-aids, aspirin, ibuprofen, your preferred blister repair. Also, an epi-pen if you have any critical allergies!
  • Pocket knife
  • Headlamp - you never know!
  • OPTIONAL - Trekking poles
  • OPTIONAL - Camera
  • OPTIONAL - Belay specs. These weird looking glasses really work and save your neck. There are a couple of models out now.

Climbing Equipment

Clothing - recommending clothing can be the hardest part in the Cascades. What I wear for rock climbing in May is dramatically different then September. Sometimes belaying is a cold job, while climbing generates a lot of heat. Here is a loose suggestion that may be changed depending on actual conditions.


Gear List: Overnight Ski Mountaineering

Climb, ski, explore...EAT.