Mountaineering Checklist

The Ten Essentials -- For safety, survival and basic comfort

1. Navigation

  • Map (with protective case)
  • Compass
  • GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, goggles or glacier glasses

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing)

4. Illumination

  • Headlamp or flashlight (plus spare)
  • Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

  • First-aid kit

6. Fire

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Duct tape or other repair items

8. Nutrition

  • Extra day's supply of food

9. Hydration

  • Water bottles or hydration system (insulated)
  • Water treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

Equipment Options -- Hardware quantities depend on route.

  • Rope (dry preferred; 9mm-10.5mm x 60m)
  • Helmet
  • Harness (with adjustable leg loops)
  • Boots (crampon-compatible)
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe (with leash)
  • Belay/rappel device
  • Pulley
  • Climbing pack
  • Route description or guidebook
  • Locking carabiner(s)
  • Nonlocking carabiners
  • Runners—singles and doubles
  • Prusik cords
  • Hand protection (athletic tape, gloves)
  • Signaling mirror
  • Crevasse rescue gear
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe

For Technical or Mixed Routes:

  • Nuts
  • Nut extraction tool
  • Hexes
  • Ice tools (with leashes)
  • Ice screws
  • Camming devices

Clothing

  • Wicking base layers (synthetic or wool)
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Fleece pants
  • Insulating jacket (down or poly fill)
  • Insulating hat, cap, balaclava or headband
  • Sun-shielding hat or cap
  • Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Gaiters
  • Rain jacket with hood (or soft shell)
  • Waterproof pants or bibs
  • Bandana or Buff (neck or face gaiter)

Personal Items

  • Multifunction watch
  • Two-way radios
  • Cell phone in a protective container
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Lunch; energy food/gels/chews
  • Toilet paper / Human Waste packout bag
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Insulated sit pad
  • Handwarmer packets

Permits

  • Summit Pass - required for any travel above 10,000 feet on Mt Shasta, regardless if you plan on going to the summit or not. $25 for 3 day or $30 for annual. Annual passes MAY NOT be self issued.
  • Wilderness Permit - FREE
  • Human Waste Packout bag
  • ALL listed above except for the annual summit pass are available for self issue at all the open trailheads or the Mt Shasta Ranger Station.

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