Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service. Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS EQUIPMENT LIST IS GENERIC AND MIGHT HAVE TO BE MODIFIED DEPENDING ON THE TECHNICAL NATURE OF THE TRIP.CLOTHING• BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto Non-Cotton Underwearo 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Socks - 2 pair• MID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece Jacket - only one of these is necessaryo Soft Shell type pants• OUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants - may be omitted w/ soft shell type pantso Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloves - wind block or fleece/wool typeo Warm Gloveso Gaiters - low top or full size• INSULATIONo Down or Synthetic JacketPERSONAL GEAR o Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimumo Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 20 deg. F. minimumo Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflatingo Mountaineering Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatibleo Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended w/ extra batterieso Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Water Purification - tablets or filtero Bowl or Cupo Utensilso Small Knifeo Glacier Glasseso Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Lighter or Matcheso Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, waterless hand cleaner, etc.o Small Personal 1st Aid Kit - blister repair, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.TECHNICAL GEARo Ice Axe - 55-70 cm lengtho Crampons - 10 or 12 point steel or aluminum depending on conditions and route.o Anti-ball plates - for cramponso Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved onlyo Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)o Locking Biners (2) - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular lockero Non-locking Biners (4) - any style, we prefer wire gate typeo Cordelettes (1) - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untiedo Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single length (60 cm), 1 double length (120 cm)o Ice Screws (2) - 13-17 cm length (for North Ridge only)OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participateo Adjustable Trekking Pole(s) - nice to have for approach/crevasse navigationo Camera - we’re always looking for some shots for the PGS website!o Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleepo Thermos - vacuum typeo Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook workso Ropeman or Tibloc - used in the crevasse rescue systemo Compass - adjustable declination requiredo Altimeter - Suunto watch works wello Map Case - large zip-loc will sufficeo Collapsible Water Canteen - good for storing snowmelt at campGROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS *Please contact the guiding office if you prefer to bring your own gear in place of any of our group gear.o Tentso Stoveso Fuelo Cooking Potso Ropeso Technical Gear such as elaborate crevasse rescue kit and trad gear.o Group 1st Aid Kito VHF radio or Satellite phone
HOW MUCH PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED? A BIT OF PRIOR MOUNTAINEERING IS RECOMMENDED.
CAN I USE THIS GUIDED WEEK AS A PREP WEEK FOR HARDER CLIMBS IN THE ALPS? YES, IT IS PERFECT FOR THAT AND SOME OF THE CLIMBS ARE JUST AS HARD AS THE ALPS CLIMBING OBJECTIVES.
DOES PGS PROVIDE THE FOOD? NO, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN FOOD. WE ARE GLAD TO HELP WITH FOOD SUGGESTIONS THOUGH.
HOW BIG OR RATHER HOW SMALL SHOULD MY PACK BE?TRY TO FIT YOUR GEAR INTO A 50 LITER PACK. IF THE WEEK IS CONDUCTED OUT OF AN ESTABLISHED BASECAMP, YOU COULD CONSIDER A BIGGER PACK ALONG WITH A SUMMIT PACK.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE? AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP THEM? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.