The following is a comprehensive packing list for your First Descents Ice Climbing adventure. Proper layering is the key to staying warm and comfortable while ice climbing. If you have any questions about any of the items please contact the First Descents Programs Team.
*Remember your program is happening in the wintertime in Colorado. It is important that you bring warm layers that dry quickly. NO COTTON WHILE YOU ARE ICE CLIMBING*
Helpful link: Layering Suggestions and Tips
*Layering is the key to staying warm ice climbing – cotton is not acceptable*
It is a common misconception that wearing multiple pairs of thick socks will keep your feet warmer. This is false. It is best to wear a good pair of thinner ski socks made of wool or synthetic material, as they allow better circulation in your feet. Bring a few pairs. We recommend bringing 2 pairs (or more) so that you can dry a pair out if needed.
Cotton is a poor choice for outdoors activities due to its high thermal conductivity (rateof energy loss). When it gets wet, cotton allows the moisture to sit on your skin, in turn cooling you instead of keeping you warm. In other words, you don’t stay very warm or dry with cotton!
Your instructors will provide all of the necessary climbing gear, which will include:
All linens – sheets, pillow, blankets, and towels are provided – you do not need to pack these!
All food will be provided – breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, drinks, snacks, snacks and more snacks!