IMCS provides all technical equipment for all seasons including rock climbing shoes, plastic double boots, harness, helmet, crampons, and ice axes.

You Provide (required equipment)

Clothing is as important a piece of equipment as your boots and ice axe. Hypothermia is the leading cause of death in the White Mountains. Being properly dressed is essential to enjoying your outdoor adventures.

Layering is an important part of winter. If your sweat isn’t wicked away from your body for quicker evaporation, your body core temperature rises, producing more sweat. Sweat is what causes chills, chafing, and excess use of energy. When your body is not wasting energy producing heat to warm you up or producing sweat to cool you down, you will have more energy to hike and climb. This means more energy and endurance to go further, faster, and more comfortably in all types of weather.

Remember, you have to carry all your clothing with you, so packing efficiently is important. If you can’t wear it all at once, don’t bring it.

When we meet, your guide will discuss the significance and function of your gear.  Until then, please call 603-356- 7064 or email [email protected] with any questions.

*Indicates rental item is available from the climbing school or retail store. Please call 603-356-7064 to discuss rental needs before your arrival date.

Base Layers
Light to mid-weight wool or synthetics, tight fitting and close to skin, tops and bottoms.  We like the Patagonia base layers, check out the Men’s and Women’s options for good examples of what works well.

Over-Base Layer
Light-weight fleece or heavy-weight Techwick®. Power-Stretch and micro-fleece are ideal materials for this layer.  Example:  Patagonia R1 Fleece (hood optional).

*Insulation Layers

*Shell Layers

3 pairs of gloves: 1 pair ski/ice climbing gloves, 1 pair of Mittens, 1 pair fleece or liner gloves. Waterproof/breathable is ideal.


Ski socks or Mountaineering weight socks.  Two-pairs for overnight trips; one pair for day trips.

*Head and Face

  • Synthetic or wool hat that will fit underneath a helmet.
  • Balaclava – synthetic or wool.  Save the neoprene for the face mask.
  • Neoprene face mask.
  • Ski goggles.
  • Sunglasses.

4000 – 5000 Cubic Inches (70-80 Liters)

Should fit around entire calf and be able to fit over a plastic ice climbing boot including your pant layers.


Peanut butter and jelly, left-over pizza, etc.

Trail mix and energy bars.

Wide-mouth bottle, 2+ liters a minimum.

Sunglasses and Sun-block.

Sleeping Bag
0 degree (F) or warmer.

Sleeping Pad
Therm-a-Rest or equivalent.

Eating Utensils
Bowl, Cup, (plastic is better than metal) spoon, fork, knife, utility knife (Leatherman type).

Personal First Aid Kit
Tape, bad aids, mole skin, aspirin, Tums, personal medications.

Optional Items

  • camera (point and shoot rather than SLR)
  • light-weight thermos (1 liter max, with a hot drink in it)
  • water bottle insulator (old “clean” socks work well)
  • hand/foot warmers
  • trekking poles
  • money for souvenirs! (IMCS t-shirts, travel mugs, ceramic mugs and water bottles available)

Helpful Hints
If you are doing a multi-day program remember all this gear needs to dry overnight. If it will not dry over night please bring extra for the following day(s).

If there is anything on this list that you need to pick up, we’ll give you a 10% discount here at the IME shop.