Thanks for making your reservation!

We look forward to climbing with you soon.  In the meantime, we have a bit of homework for you so when your trip date arrives all our ducks are in line, expectations are clear, and we don't waste any time getting you to the alpine.

To the right is a check list of homework items which are found below.  At any time don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions.




The Altus Crew

Pre-Trip Check List

  • Fill out the Participants Info (each participant)
  • Read and Sign the Participant's Waiver
  • Read and Sign the Health Waiver
  • Check out The Gear List
  • Review Prerequisites and Info Videos
  • Make note of Meeting Time and Location
  • The Details (cancellation policy and what's included & not included)

Step 1

Participant info - Rock + Alpine

Participant info - Rock + Alpine

Name, Relation, Contact
Any health or medical information we should know?
Tell us your goals 🙂

Step 2

Read and Sign Participant's Waiver

Hit the link below and be transported to another tab where you will find our waiver.  Please read, sign and submit the waiver-

Participant's Waiver

Step 3

Read and Sign Participant Declaration of Health and Exposure

Hit the link below and be transported to another tab, where you will find our waiver.  Review, sign, and submit the Declaration of Health and Exposure in regards to COVID-19 exposure.  Once you are finished come on back to this page for the remaining riveting steps

Declaration of Health and Exposure

Step 4

The Gear List

Below is a sample gear list. Requirements may very according to trip length, conditions, weather, and objective. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questoins.



These need to be sturdy leather or leather/cordura boots with lug soles and good ankle support. A good boot would be the La Sportiva Glacier Mountaineering boot (good for snow and ice climbs but not as good for alpine rock routes) or the La Sportiva Trango S Evo (good for alpine rock routes and OK for snow climbs).  Light hiking boots, especially ones that are not leather, are not appropriate. Your boots are the single most important piece of gear for this trip, make sure you have the right kind and make sure they fit well and won’t give you blisters.


These need to fit your boot well – when fitted properly they will stick to your boot without the straps or bindings. For steeper/longer ice routes a pair of heavier, rigid 12-point crampons are required, such as the Petzl Vasak.

Ice Axe

Your ice axe should be about 55 - 65cm long depending on height. Examples include the Black Diamond Venom, Petzl Sumtec or Summit, or Grivel Air Tech Evo.


Designed for climbing. Petzl Ecrin Rock, Meteor, etc.


A sit harness with a belay loop is required. Your harness needs to be free of damage and excessive wear and less than 10 years old.

Backpack > 30L (> 50L for overnights)

Your pack needs to be big enough fit all your gear plus group gear and food.  Make sure you can fit everything in before you leave home with room to spare for group gear.

Hiking poles

Collapsible poles with a summer, hiking basket.  No fixed poles

Crevasse rescue kit (we can provide)

  • 2x 5 meter - 6 mm prussics
  • 2x 1.5 meter - 6mm prussics
  • 1 x 120cm sewn sling
  • 1 x Ice screw
  • 4 x Locking carabiners
  • 2 x Non locking carabiners
  • 1 x Belay device


Base Layers

Thermals top/bottom, Socks  - as we will be spending nights in huts or camping- I would recommend bringing extra socks but only 1 set of thermals should be sufficient for a 2 or 3 trip.

Climbing Layers

Mid-weight soft shell jacket and pants are recommended.  Something that will provide protection from the elements but remain breathable.

Waterproof Shell (gore-tex), pants/jackets

Lightweight and packable.  Often the waterproof jacket will be worn where the pants are often only worn in the most extreme conditions.  Pants with full side zips are highly recommended. 

Insulated Jacket

A midweight insulated jacket, either down or synthetic.  I recommend synthetic and something with a hood.

Warm Headwear


A least 2 pairs!   One lighter weight for climbing and another heavier pair for cold temperatures.

Camping Gear (overnights only):

Sleeping Bag

Lightweight bag for sleeping in the hut.  0 to -5 degree rate back should be sufficient this time of year. -10 - 20 degree for camping.

Sleeping Pad

Inflatable or foam


3 or 4 season tent.  2 or 3 person (We will be sharing tents and coordinating this prior to the course)

Sandals or shoes for around camp

Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection

At the very minimum, a 30 SPF sunscreen and lip protection is required. Full sunblock for your lips is recommended. Sunglasses with wrap-around coverage and dark lenses are required - Cat 3 or 4.

Small first aid and repair kit

Your guide will have a major first aid and repair kit but you should bring some band-aids, blister protection (include blister pads and duct tape), headache pills, head cold/antihistamine medication, cough drops, rash cream, pocket knife.

Water bottle and/or thermos

1 - 2 liters capacity


Bring extra batteries.


Step 5

Instructional Videos


Essential Knots

Climbing Anchors

Identifying Mountain Hazards

Setting Up Top Rope Anchors

Traditional Gear Climbing

Roping Up for Glacier Travel

Step 6

Meeting Place and Time

The meeting time and location will depend on your objective. Keep an eye on your inbox for updates!

Step 7

The Details

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.