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» Glacier hiking

 

Backcountry Ski Touring

Technical gear

  • A 30 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering helmet*
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (telescopic poles will not work for skiing)
  • Properly-tuned skis (waxed bases, sharp edges, and correctly-adjusted bindings)
  • Climbing skins fit to skis and in good condition
  • Ski crampons
  • Transceiver, shovel, and probe*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Depending on the route, a harness, crampons, and ice axe*

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

Personal gear

  • Backcountry ski touring boots
  • Warm hiking or ski socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering or ski pants
  • Base layers – expedition weight – top and bottom
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Insulated down parka
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight, 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Baseball cap or sun hat in the spring
    Neck warmer/balaclava
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • 1.5 liter water bottle or 1 liter thermos, depending on the weather. In spring you will need at least 1.5 liters of water!
  • Snack and lunch food, including energy bars
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, 2 or 3 checks (huts rarely take debit/credit cards), health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, AAC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
  • A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.



 

 

Off-piste Skiing

Technical gear

  • A 30 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A ski or mountaineering helmet depending on your preference*
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (telescopic poles will not work for skiing)
  • Properly-tuned skis (waxed bases, sharp edges, and correctly-adjusted bindings)
  • Transceiver, shovel, and probe*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

 

Personal gear

  • Ski boots
  • Warm hiking or ski socks (no cotton!)
  • Ski pants
  • Base layers – expedition weight – top and bottom
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Down/synthetic puffy jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight, 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • 1.5 liter water bottle or 1 liter thermos, depending on the weather. In spring you will need at least 1.5 liters of water!
  • Lunch and high-energy snack
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, 2 or 3 checks (huts rarely take debit/credit cards), health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera
     

 

Rock climbing

Technical gear

  • A 25 to 30 liter backpack
  • Harness*
  • Climbing helmet*
  • Via Ferrata kit (only for climbing via ferrata)
  • Three locking carabiners*
  • A belay device (Reverso, ATC-Guide or other device with a guide mode for belaying a second)
  • Accessory cord for a friction hitch (150cm of 7mm accessory cord)*

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

Personal gear

  • Hiking boots or low-tops designed for hiking
  • Climbing shoes if you have them (not needed for climbing via ferrata)
  • Suitable clothing for climbing
  • Windbreaker
  • Water and lunch for a full-day outing, or snacks for a half-day outing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Compact camera

 

Ice Climbing

Ice climbing/winter climbing

 

Technical gear

  • A 35 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering/climbing helmet*
  • Telescopic hiking poles that fit into your pack (3 sections), otherwise ski poles will work
  • A pair of ice axes for ice climbing
  • Twelve-point steel crampons (step-in or straps) that are sharpened and fit your boots
  • Harness*
  • Three locking carabiners
  • A belay device (Reverso, ATC-Guide or other device with a guide mode for belaying a second)
  • Accessory cord for a friction hitch (150cm of 7mm-diameter accessory cord)*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Transceiver, shovel, and probe*

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

Personal gear

  • Mountaineering boots with a rigid (shank) sole, and with both toe and heel welts for automatic crampons. Your boots should be suited for winter weather.
    Note: spending the day in worn-out boots that are not warm enough can ruin the outing. You should be able to move your toes inside your boots to avoid cold feet. You are better off selecting a boot that is a half or full size bigger than usual. If you do not have winter mountaineering boots, backcountry ski touring boots will also work.
  • Warm hiking socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering or ski pants
  • Base layers – expedition weight – top and bottom
  • Gaiters (essential, make sure they are big enough to fit over your boots)
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Down/synthetic parka
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Three pairs of gloves (2 lightweight pair and 1 warm pair or even mittens)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • 1 liter thermos
  • Lunch and high-energy snack
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, 2 or 3 checks (huts rarely take debit/credit cards), health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

 

Mountaineering

Technical gear

  • A 35 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering/climbing helmet*
  • Telescopic hiking poles that fit into your pack (3 sections) or ski poles
  • A general mountaineering ice axe
  • Twelve-point steel crampons that are sharpened and fit your boots
  • Harness*
  • Three locking carabiners*
  • A belay device (Reverso, ATC-Guide or other device with a guide mode for belaying a second)
  • Accessory cord for a friction hitch (150cm of 7mm accessory cord)*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need. 

Personal gear

  • Mountaineering boots with a rigid (shank) sole, and with a heel welt for semi-automatic crampons.
  • Warm hiking socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering pants or rain pants
  • Depending on your pants, long underwear bottoms
  • Gaiters (recommended, but depends on your boots and/or pants)
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Lightweight down/synthetic jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight pair and 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • Baseball cap or sun hat
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle (1.5 liter) or thermos (1 liter)
  • Lunch and high-energy snack
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
  • A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.

 

Glacier hiking

 

Essential gear

  • A 35 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering/climbing helmet*
  • Telescopic hiking poles that fit into your pack (3 sections) or ski poles
  • A general mountaineering ice axe
  • Twelve-point steel crampons that are sharpened and fit your boots
  • Harness*
  • Three locking carabiners*
  • A belay device (Reverso, ATC-Guide or other device with a guide mode for belaying a second)
  • Accessory cord for a friction hitch (150cm of 7mm accessory cord)*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

 

Personal gear

  • Mountaineering boots with a rigid (shank) sole, and with a heel welt for semi-automatic crampons.
  • Warm hiking socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering pants or rain pants
  • Depending on your pants, long underwear bottoms
  • Gaiters (recommended, but depends on your boots and/or pants)
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Lightweight down/synthetic jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight pair and 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • Baseball cap or sun hat
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle (1.5 liter) or thermos (1 liter)
  • Lunch and high-energy snack
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
    A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.