What's in my Pack - Alpine Climbing

Mountain Equipment asked me to show folks what I take alpine climbing. It's a personal choice, but this is generally what I use for single push/multi-day climbing in the mountains - both summer and winter. I've taken a combination of this kit on routes in Alaska, Patagonia, the Canadian Rockies, the Alps.. and elsewhere.



I adjust the gear depending on the route, partners, conditions, weather, the expected difficulty and number of days it might take... Of course, every route is different and this is only a guide. For example, some routes naturally lend themselves to double ropes ( e.g. 2 x 8mm ropes).

My choices have come from many years alpine climbing, trying different clothes, kit, systems and set-ups. It's what usually works for me, but see for yourself.

Kit shown:

Mountain Equipment Matrix 190 base layer

ME Eclipse salopette

ME Eclipse Hooded zip tee

ME Transition jacket

Smartwool socks

ME Firefox/Quarrel Jacket

ME Firefox Pants


ME Eclipse beanie

ME Fitzroy jacket

ME Citadel mitts

ME Supercouloir gloves

ME Direkt gloves

ME Tupilak 35/45L pack

Betrafol Original tape

MSR 2L Dromlite

Petzl RAD line

Petzl Volta Guide (not shown)

Petzl Nomic axes

Petzl Dart crampons

Petzl Sitta harness

Petzl Reverso and Spirit screw lock

Petzl V-Link Leashes

Petzl Scirocco helmet

Petzl Ange S and Ange L draws

Petzl Laser Light Screws

Petzl Micro traction

Petzl Pur'Anneau slings and pegs

Wires, cams, pitons, prussiks, knife and V-threader

La Sportiva G5 boots (in colder temperatures I take G2s)


ME double bivi bag

Single skin tent

SOL space blanket

ME (double) sleeping bag - Firelite

Sleeping pad

Julbo Explorer 2.0 sunglasses

Jetboil Flash

ME Switch jacket

ME Dewline or Vega jacket

ME Compressor pants

Thanks to Marc-Andre Leclerc for filming.