6 Alpine Climbing Gear Essentials

6 absolute necessities for climbing at elevation

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Alpine Climbing Gear
Photo: Ben Fullerton

Review: Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket
“Just in case” is the mantra for high-elevation pursuits. The Helium Hybrid wind jacket is perfectly suited for just-in-case scenarios. Read full review.

Review: Snowberry Active Outdoor SPF 30 Sunscreen
Sunburn can end a day just as well as a surprise storm. This all-natural sunscreen from New Zealand’s Snowberry has no harmful chemicals, and it uses zinc oxide and plant extracts to block UVA and UVB rays. Read full review.

Review: Smith Frontman ChromaPop Sunglasses
The sun is more intense up high, and that’s compounded by snowfields. With the ChromaPop, our testers found that they got the protection of a high-end polarized lens without dulling colors and rock features. Read full review.

Review: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
For low-angle jaunts, you won’t need technical mountaineering crampons, but approach shoes will leave you slipping and sliding. Enter the Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra. It’s halfway between a technical ’pon and those mini-spikes soccer moms use to walk the dog in winter. Read full review.

Review: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .3
Think like a Boy Scout and “always be prepared” with this nifty small, packable, lightweight, and waterproof first aid kit. Read full review.

Review: Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp
With an airy weight and a compact, rugged construction, the newly updated Tikka line remains a climber and alpinist favorite. Read full review.