During all this programme, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack.
You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes.
Caution: please, respect exactly this list of equipment : there are significant risks of frosts or accidents due to unsufficient equipements above the height of 3000 meters (10000 feet). In summer, in high altitude, if the wind is blowing, the temperature may drop to - 10 Fahrenheit degrees.
Your clothes :
* for your head :
- a scarf
- a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat
- a cap for the sun
- a pair of high quality sun glasses
* for your upper body :
- warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur)
- a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays
- a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket
- to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, with a hood (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket)
* for your legs :
- warm sports skin-tights
- light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths)
- windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers)
* for your feet :
- two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks
- a pair of mountaineering gaiters
* for your hands :
- a pair of silk undergloves
- a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 10 Fahrenheit degrees
In your mountaineering backpack :
- additional underwear
- a few toilet paper sheets
- tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor
- large plastic bags to store your clothes in your backpack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic)
- a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery.- to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets.
You must bring a silk or cotton sheet (obligation imposed by the hut-keepers).
- a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos)
- a pocket knife
- sun cream, lipstick
- medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape)
- a survival blanket (made of aluminium)
- a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide )
Technical equipment :
- a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 60 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking on footpaths.
- a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners.
- a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes.
Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates".
- a pair of mountaineering boots , with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted.
Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers.
- telescopic walking sticks.
A participant in this programme not equipped with mountaineering boots, or not equipped with "Anti-balling plates" on his crampons will not be authorized to attend the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut.
Food for lunch : Please consult our detailed chart, which indicates the type and the quantity of food to be taken, and the possibilities of supply in the huts.