Recommended gear for your next climb

Learn what to bring on your next highpointing journey.

Unless you're summitting Rainier or Denali, you won't need everything on this list. Consider weather, trail conditions, and the highpoint itself when packing your gear.

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That said, we only recommend products that we've personally used on highpoint climbs.


  • Liner socks
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirt
  • Sun hoodie
  • Neck gaiter
  • Liner gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Wool hiking socks
  • Warm hat
  • Insulated gloves
  • Fleece pants
  • Soft shell mountaineering pants
  • Hard shell rain pants
  • Long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Lightweight fleece jacket
  • Insulated jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Gaiters


  • Hiking boots
  • Trail shoes
  • Sandals (or Crocs)
  • Crampon-compatible boots

Food & Hydration



  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand/sanitation trowel
  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag
  • Blue bag/sanitation bag
  • Wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and floss


  • Bear spray
  • Bear bell
  • Lighter and matches
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire starter
  • Two itineraries
  • Whistle
  • Signaling mirror

Sun & Bug Protection


  • GPS app (such as AllTrails)
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Battery pack



Mountaineering Gear

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