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Gear list for rock climbing

  • Synthetic T-shirt

  • Lightweight insulated jacket

  • Wind Shell

  • Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood.

  • Synthetic Climbing Pant

  • 30-40 Liter


  • Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes, running shoes or hiking shoes:

  • Technical Rock Shoes

  • Sun Hat – Baseball or full brimmed

  • Water – At least 1.5 Liters

  • Food: Energy Bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix. Bring a lunch and snacks

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen/ Lip balm

  • Warm Weather – (May-Sept) It's hard to hide from the sun all day. Hydrate the night before your climb. Light colored and loose fitting clothes will help keep you cool.

  • Cold Weather – (Spring & Fall) Bring gloves and a warm hat that will fit under your helmet. Bring extra layers like long underwear and a heavier winter jacket to keep warm when the sun ducks behind clouds.


Whitefish Vertical provides all rock climbing gear except climbing shoes. Climbing shoes are available for rent.  You are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please contact us for gear questions.


All technical climbing gear will be provided but if you want to start investing in your own rack of gear, here are a few essential items to start off with.

  • "Guide" style belay device

    • Petzl Reverso, Black Diamond ATC Guide

  • 4 locking carabiners - 2 pear shaped and 2 smaller lockers

    • Petzl Attache, Edelrid Bulletproof Screw

  • 4 non-locking carabiners - wire gates are often lighter and cost less​

    • CAMP Photon wire​

  • Cordelette - 5-6m of 7mm cord or 6mm tech cord

  • Double length sling - 120cm nylon or dyneema sewn sling

  • Climbing Rope - 60 or 70m rope around 9.5mm in diameter

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