Gear List and Equipment for Mont Blanc
What you choose to pack has an enormous impact on the success rate of your climb. Remember, with mountain climbing, it’s all about proper preparation. To climb Mont Blanc, you’ll need a specific array of gear as well as the appropriate clothing to protect you from the often frigid temperatures.
Quality hiking clothing can be really expensive, but in most cases, it’s necessary to ensure trustworthy clothing. Buy yourself liner socks, as well as heavyweight hiking socks to put over them. You’ll also need a pair of heavy duty gaiters, and a quality pair of boots that are well insulated and broken-in to combat the conditions.
What clothing you pack is obviously going to be dependent on what you’re comfortable carrying and your own understanding of your body’s response to cold conditions, but packing a bottom, middle, and top baselayer is essential. As a general note, you’ll want to make sure this base layer hugs your body well, but isn’t interfering with your body’s circulation. You’ll also likely need both softshell and hardshell pants, and an insulated jacket or insulated down parka.
Keeping your hands warm is a crucial aspect of climbing, so ensure you don’t skimp on the handwear. You’ll need a pair of insulated mittens, softshell gloves, as well as a pair of climbing gloves.
Don’t forget to pack the appropriate headgear as well, which would include a cap and wool hat, head torch, glasses made for walking on glaciers, ski goggles, and a climbing helmet.
It’s also easy to forget that you’ll need to pack some normal clothes with you for the days prior to the climb. In many cases, climbers leave these clothes back at a hotel or with a friend or guide on the ground and pick them up after their respective climb.
The clothing that you bring with you is going to be quite dependent on preference, but there is some technical gear that you simply need to have with you for safety reasons. For starters, be sure to get yourself a high-quality pair of mountaineering crampons (12 point). You’ll also want to get yourself a high-quality ice axe, and be sure to double check with your guide upon arrival that the axe you’ve brought is suitable.
You’ll also need some standard and locking carabiners, and your preferred trekking poles for the climb