Monte Rosa Climb
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your rucksack to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
Mountain Boots (see notes below)
Gaiters (long or short)
Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)
Socks technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)
Warm mountain trousers/pants
Waterproof over trousers (with leg zips)
Trekking trousers (not cotton)
Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one with long sleeves for glacier travel)
T-shirt or casual shirt
Extra warm layer (e.g. lightweight down or prima loft jacket)
Waterproof jacket (with hood)
Warm hat and balaclava
Eye wear sunglasses category 3/ 4.
Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
Lip salve with sunscreen
Thin gloves leather or thermal
Warm and waterproof gloves/ski gloves
Climbing Rucksack 40 (MAX) litres (no external frame)
Liner or large plastic bag to keep essentials dry
Head torch with new battery
Water bottle x 1 litre
Small Wash kit and Pack Towel
Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium)
painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment,
insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
The following items are optional:
Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
Small Padlock (for trek bag)
Crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates
2 x screw gate karabiners
Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and stiff - to take a crampon securely/deal with cold conditions. Either a B3 or B2 boot will be suitable, but NOT a B1.
Modern strap on crampons are perfectly acceptable for this climbing trek and will fit any boot. All crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates. Grivel crampons - G10 or G12 with a strap system/or semi-strap/heel clip are excellent and they come fitted with anti-balling plates. Make sure they are compatible with your boots.
Equipment hire/ rental:
The following equipment can be hired from KE: Crampons (with anti-balling plates); Climbing helmet; Harness Pack (with sling, 2 Karabiners and Prussic loops); Ice-axe. This can be reserved either when you book your trip or closer to your departure but we advise booking hire equipment as soon as possible to ensure availability. ** We do not hire mountaineering boots, but there are several shops in Zermatt renting boots that are suitable for this trip.
Sleeping bags/extra shoes:
These are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, we do recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag
Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)
Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.