The Essential Kit for Ice Climbing

  1. helmet + visor for protection from chunks of ice when planting your axe
  2. A harness with 4 gear loops
  3. Crampons with anti-balling plates
  4. Leashless ice tools designed for ice climbing
  5. A rack of at least 14 high-quality ice screws: 4 XL + 5 L + 4 M + 1 S
  6. 2 ice-screw holders
  7. 10 quickdraws
  8. 4 double-length slings (120cm) racked on one carabiner: 1 for each anchor and 2 extras for other situations
  9. 4 locking carabiners for anchors
  10. 1 belay device for double ropes, to belay the leader, the second, and to rappel
  11. 1 v-thread hook, an essential tool for turning around and heading back down
  12. 1 pair of double ropes, 60m each if possible
  13. 1 pair of thin gloves and 1 pair of very warm gloves
  14. 1 headlamp
  15. 1 35/40L backpack
  16. 1 pair of winter boots with rigid soles
  17. 1 knife
  18. 1 very warm parka (down or synthetic)
  19. 15 m of accessory cord to leave at each anchor on the descent
  20. 1 breathable and waterproof jacket and pants
  21. 1 pair of ski goggles for windy conditions
  22. 1 first-aid kit for a day trip 1 thermos filled with hot tea is a nice plus
  23. 1 hearty meal including salami, cheese, wine…
  24. 1 beanie that covers your ears and to wear beneath your helmet