We want you to have the best equipment during your program, so we have some of the essentials available for rent. If you wish to reserve any equipment for your upcoming trip please complete this form. Note that we only rent to participants on our trips.
For all climbing gear rentals of five days or longer there is a 30% discount off the daily rates
Gear will be brought to your program meetup location by your guide/instructor -- no need to arrange a pickup.
(Alphabetical listing. Will match the title of the website listing. If a private or custom trip, choose "Private and Custom Guiding")
- For Ice Climbing: If you have your own harness, helmet, belay device, carabiners, ice tools, and crampons, bring them. Oherwise we will loan them to you (just let us know).
However, if you don't have appropriate ice climbing boots, we will rent them to you.
- For AIARE Courses: If you have your own beacon, probe, and shovel, bring them. Oherwise we will loan them to you (just let us know).
However, if you don't have appropriate snow travel equipment, we will rent snowshoes to you (below).
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Select Rentals From the Following List:
Enter how many days you will need each item. If item is not needed, leave blank.
$5/day. We have a selection of Grivel, Climbaxe and SMC ice axes for general mountaineering. If you are 5'10" a 70cm axe is about right. If you are shorter choose a 60 or 65cm axe. For a height of 6' a 75cm tool would be best. Rarely will anything longer than 80 cm be required
$8/day. Ice axe & hammer. We use Black Diamond X-tools, and Charlet Moser Quasars and Pulsars. These are 50 or 55cm for everyone
$5/day. We have a selection of Grivel, and Charlet Moser crampons. The modified strap system on these allows them to be used on a flexible soled boot. They are generally one size fits all, but if you have a very small or large boot we may have to use a different pair so let us know.
$8/day. We have a selection of Black Diamond Switchblade, and Charlet Moser crampons. These have a step in binding system with a toe-bale and a heel clamp so they need to be used on a rigid soled boot. They are generally one size fits all, but if you have a very small or large boot we may have to use a different pair so let us know.
If you expect to need a very small or very large crampon size, please specify your size here, and if woman's or man's sizing.
$3/day. We use adjustable Black Diamond two section poles that also double as avalanche poles. Use these for hiking or with snowshoes.
$3/day. We use Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harnesses
We have available a size run in Lowa Mountain Expert GTX EVO Mountaineering boots, sizes 5.5-14. We do not have very small or very large boots. Please talk to us about boots if you need them since this crucial item can make or break a trip.
$12.50 for the first day, $6/day after that.
$12.50 for the first day, $6/day after that.
- Because boot sizing can be difficult, we would like you to measure your foot (preferably in the evening, preferably standing up, ideally with a heavy pack on).
Stand on a piece of paper or mark-able floor tile, and trace your foot. Measure the mark from the heel to the longest toe in centimeters. As scientists, we like metric! Round the measurement up if between whole numbers (e.g. if 25.5cm, round to 26cm). Only have inches? Use this online inches-to-cm conversion tool.
In centimeters. See above for instructions.
What US shoe size do you most commonly wear? Comfortably? With thicker socks?
Please specify if you prefer women's or men's boots, if you like tons of room up front or want them snug, or maybe even if you already know your Lowa size.
SMC avalanche gear is only loaned to students participating in SMC trainings and other avalanche-related programs. We do not rent our avalanche gear.
Leather mountaineering boots
Plastic climbing boots
Telemark ski equipment
Randonee ski equipment
Please make a note below if you think you may need anything additional
To encourage and to ensure their usage we include helmets on all trips. We have a variety including the light and comfortable Black Diamond "Half Dome" models.
I accept for use as is the equipment listed on this form. I realize that the listed equipment can fail and can be used for activities which can cause injury or death, and agree not to hold SMC or its guides liable if such an accident involves the use of the rented equipment.
You must be signed up for one of our programs to rent from us. If you are not, then please instead contact a gear store in Lone Pine, Bishop or Mammoth to rent equipment.
- Checkout can continue if the total is greater than $0. Make sure you have selected the "# of days" for the gear you need. If you only need a helmet for your SMC trip, please email