Equipment list for Mountaineering Studies FAS

Students need to own their own personal equipment and here they can find a list of what they need.

The school will provide technical equipment, such as tents, glacier- and climbing equipment, mountain bikes and kayaks for example.

The list below takes into account all the trips that are a part of FAS Mountaineering Studies so parts of the list will fit with certain trips and not others.

Detailed list will arrive around week to ten days before the start of practical courses.

  • Clothing
  • Equipment
  • Toiletries/first aid kit
  • Books
  • Example of food on trips
  • Miscellenious
  • Equipment - PDF

Base layer – Long sleeve base layer and trousers made from wool or synthetic materials (not from cotton)

Middle layer – Made from wool or fleece or compatible materials (not cotton)

Hiking or fleece pants (not jeans or cotton trousers).

Outer layer – Jacket and pants made from water- and windproof material, Gore-Tex or compatible material. Ski pants or other warmer outer layer pants can be an option if the weather is really cold.

2 good hats and wool buff or balaclava.

Gloves, both thin and thick. Waterproof gloves are a good choice.

Work gloves with a good grip that are good for rope work.

2 pairs of hiking- and/or wool socks that have at least 50% wool.

Warm extra jacket (or a thick fleece- or wool sweater) to have in the backpack. In the autumn period and winter a thin synthetic or down jacket will suffice, but in the winter trip a thicker down jacket will be a better option. (Cotton sweaters are not acceptable!)

Good hiking boots (medium stiffness) are a must (waterproof, with good traction and good ankle support). Fully stiff boots will also do.

Gaiters – hiking gaiters can be good to have while wearing crampons as a protection for your pants, especially Gore-Tex pants.

45l Backpack will suffice for most trips, but it might be good to have access to a bigger pack for longer trips.

Sleeping bag, lightweight and warm.

Thin, isolating 4-season hiking mattress.

Refillable 1l water bottle

Plate/bowl/spoon, light and made from plastic for example (depends on what is for dinner).

Thermos (for those that drink coffee and tea)

Gas stove if people have their own (The school also supplies gas stoves)

Head torch

Pocket knife/multitool


GPS if you own it or can borrow

Cell Phone

Personal First Aid kit

Hiking poles (if you want and if you are used to using them. We recommend them while carrying heavy backpacks).

Sunglasses with good UV protection

Toilet paper (Lighter or matches, small plastic bags)

Hand sanitizer or gel


Small toothpaste

Small towel or facecloth

Blister plasters and band aids

Scissors (often found on pocketknives/multitools)

Pain medicine

Lip balm


Ear plugs can be a good option if the tentmate snores a lot or if it’s really windy.

Freedom of the hills

Yellow waterproof pocketbook from rite in the rain n°311

Hearty dinner – communal food with food/tent groups

Chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, energy bars etc.

Icelandic flat bread (with high energy spread and toppings)

Bread (with high energy spread and toppings)

Rye-Crisp bread


Powdered drink mix/energy drinks

Hot cocoa powder


Lighter and/or matches

Camera and extra batteries


Logbook (yellow, and waterproof from Rite in the rain n°311. You can buy it at FAS on your first course)

Maps – available in FAS

Waterproof bags or plastic bags for phones and other things that cannot get wet in the rain.