Rock Climbing Gear List


Below is a list of items you will be responsible for while out climbing with the EMS Climbing School. Being properly dressed is essential to enjoying your outdoor adventures. If you have questions about how many or which items to bring, please call 800-310-4504 or email schools@ems.com. We expect that you will be dressed and ready to go upon arrival to your program.

CLOTHING

Pants or Shorts
Loose fitting, quick dry pants or shorts. Shorts should be mid thigh. Dress appropriate for the days weather.

Long or Short Sleeve Shirt

Rain Jacket
Lightweight waterproof/breathable jacket with a hood. You may not need it…but if you do, you’ll be glad you brought it.

Fleece Jacket (Spring & Fall)
Spring and fall temperatures can be chilly, especially in the mountains. Keep an eye on the forecast. If temperatures are expected to be in the 50′s or below by mid-day we recommend packing a fleece jacket.

FOOTWEAR

Closed-Toed Shoes
Sneakers or trail shoes. No open-toed sandals or heavy hiking boots.

MEALS

Food
You will be at the cliff for the whole climbing day so please pack a lunch and snacks for each person in your group. PB&J, bagel, trail mix and granola bars are good options. Avoid soft fruits (bananas), as they don’t pack well. Tip: pack foods in plastic containers.

Water
2 Nalgene size bottle per person (64 oz)

ACCESSORIES

Small Day Pack
One that you could climb with comfortably and carry your harness, helmet, shoes and other personal items. Basic book bags generally suffice. No small hydration bags, please.

OPTIONAL ITEMS

Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray

EMS PROVIDES

All climbers receive rock shoes, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware for the day at no extra charge.