The mountaineering / alpine clothing list is a system of clothes that the MMG Guides use themselves. The winter days in the northeast can at times be extremely cold and windy. It is extremely important that you are properly clothed and equipped to undertake ice climbing in this environment. Below is a list of recommended clothing items and garment examples that can help you stay warm and dry for a day ice of climbing during the winter months in New England.
If you are missing any of the items listed below, please ask as we may be able to provide them for you.
Regarding Technical Equipment:
Mooney Mountain Guides provides Koflach Mountaineering Boots, Black Diamond Sabertooth and Petzl Vasak Crampons along with Petzl Snowalker Ice Axe.
What you wear against your skin. Lightweight capilene, merino wool, or merino polyester mix garments are used as base layers as they provide fast and efficient moisture transport. These lightweight synthetic and natural products wick moisture away from your body, keeping you warm and dry.
A comfortable layer is worn over your base layer. Very lightweight, highly functional, quarter zip long sleeve Polartec power stretch or fleece type layers are optimal choices for this mid layer used for all mountain activities throughout the year.
Soft Shell Jacket:
Technical fleece jacket with a very good insulation-weight ratio made from Polar Thermal Pro. Soft shells have great durability which helps prevent the material form aging. The ideal second or third layer for cold days in alpine mountains.
Storm (Hard) Shell Jacket:
Durable, waterproof, windproof 3 layer Gortex jacket with a hood for use in high alpine terrain. This bomber storm shell jacket must fit over base, mid and soft shell jacket layers. Storm shell jacket should feature a hood and pit zippers.
Storm (Hard) Shell Pant:
Technical GORE TEX 3 layer pants for high comfort on high alpine pursuits, offering reliable weather protection, high breathability, durability and a low weight ratio. A focus should be extra robustness and high cut crampon protection.
Down or hybrid fill jackets for cold weather alpine activities. A loose fitting jacket to be worn over all layers and used on longer mountain climbs or tours.
Head & Face:
Hat: wool hat or other synthetic type hat.
Balaclava: In addition to hat. Mid weight fleece works well on climbs as it offers better protection and keeps the neck area warm.
Goggles: To prevent frostbite high coverage UV Eyewear is required for above treelike travel.
FaceMask: Seirus neoprene face masks are the number 1 choice. Full face protection is required on all above tree line mountaineering trips.
Mountaineering Boots: We provide Koflach plastic ice climbing boots for your climb. These are warm, durable, comfortable and fit a feet of all shapes and sizes.
Socks: Midweight wool/synthetic blends are warm enough for most days. Smartwool has a variety of types to choose from.
Gloves: Mountaineering gloves should be lightweight and very durable. At the same time deliver a good grip and touch sensation for ice axe and equipment management. It is a fine line but in general people size gloves too small which cause the hands to get cold.
Expedition Mitten: This necessary item is often overlooked you should always carry a pair of mittens on above treelike travel in the mountains of NH and Vermont.
Gaiters will keep snow out of boots and protect your pants from crampon tears. Try them on over mountaineering boots to be sure they fit. Generally up your usual size by 1. Although not needed on the ice climbing trips gaiters are needed for venturing into the remote mountaineering areas.
Sunglasses, small first aid kit, hand/toe warmers, headlamp, camera, sunscreen and a small thermos.