A positive attitude and the ability to have fun!
A vehicle with sufficient traction and humph that will get up and down the icy roads of Hyalite Canyon safely and efficiently. Please work together and car pool as much as possible. Look for our car pool announcements elsewhere in this program and during the nightly events. We can’t stress this enough!
A day pack to carry your gear, food, water and extra clothing.
Ski or trekking poles are optional but some people find them useful on the uphill approach to the climbs (15 to 30 minutes depending on the area).
Credit Card. This is required for a deposit on any demo gear you might be using and you need to bring it with you the night before your class when you check out your gear.
Hats & Gloves. The thinner and more dexterous your gloves, the more manageable it is to hang on and to swing ice axes. It is recommended you bring at least one pair of thinner shell gloves or even extra liners for climbing and a warmer pair or even mittens that you can keep dry and put on when you are not climbing. Bring a warm hat that covers your ears and will fit under a helmet. A neck gaiter or balaclava is recommended.
Clothing. Use a traditional layering system of long underwear, a mid insulating layer and a shell coat. Trimmer fitting clothing is best, particularly for your pants. Think Cross Country Skiing with some time standing around. Big baggy snowboard pants will work but increase the chances you might snag your cuffs with the sharp crampon points.
Belay Coat. It is not uncommon that there is water running or dripping on an ice climb. You must expect that you will get wet hands, and occasionally your whole body might get soaked while on the ice. Bring your favorite down parka or similar puffy coat to stay warm while on the ground.
Food & Drink. We suggest your favorite outdoor lunch. Just something quick and goes down easy like left-over Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Bring at least a liter of water. A thermos of hot tea or coffee is also a nice treat. Gourmet to go sandwiches are available through our partner Solá Cafe. We’ll even deliver to Hyalite for you.
Aprés-Climb. A dry pair of socks and boots or snow packs to put on at the end of the day after dropping your demo boots off with Ice Festival staff in the parking lot. A warm, dry coat to replace your climbing jacket to keep you warm as we decompress and share stories with everyone back in the parking lot and on the drive back to town.