Our day-long instruction takes place on-rock, away from facilities and lasts from early in the morning until late in the afternoon. In addition to course-specific equipment you will need items to get you through the day, such as food, water and sunscreen, and gear to protect yourself should weather set in.
- Waterproof rain jacket – Required regardless of time of year or weather forecast. Brief rain showers are common in the afternoon. Rain ponchos interfere with climbing harness and movement, and are not allowed. Exum recommends Marmot’s PreCip jacket.
- Fleece jacket/pullover, synthetic sweater, or other layer for warmth regardless of weather forecast.
- Comfortable shorts/lightweight pants and a T-shirt (cotton is fine in nice weather) – jeans and sweatpants are not recommended.
- Two quarts of water (two large water bottles) per person; “Nalgene” style bottles are recommended.
- Lunch and snacks that are high energy, easy to eat, and heat tolerant.
- Dark sun glasses, sunscreen, lip balm and a hat for sun protection.
- Day pack that is large enough to carry all of the above items.
- Approach shoes with sticky rubber soles. You can rent these from us or from the local mountaineering shops in town. We do not use actual climbing shoes in schools or on the Grand Teton climb. Shoes should fit you comfortably because you will be wearing them all day. If you have your own approach shoes or wish to purchase approach shoes elsewhere, call the Exum Office first (307-733-2297) to be sure that the shoe will be appropriate. Many shoes marketed as approach shoes DO NOT have the required sticky rubber composite on the soles. We don’t want you to purchase shoes you won’t be able to use for your class or climb.
- Waterproof rain pants
- Camera – light-weight model recommended
- Camelback or other bladder type water system instead of water bottles
- Custom orthotics can be used in approach shoes
Items Provided by Exum
The following items are provided by Exum. If you have one or more of these items, you are welcome to use your own upon signing a release.
- Belay device