Winter Climbing Kit Lists

Whit's in yer bag, Kev and Mike?


We caught up with Kev Shields and Mike to find out that all-important question climbers want to know: Whit’s in yer bag?

As autumn slowly disappears and we head into winter, both Kev and Mike are spending their free time doing one of two types of outdoor activities; Outdoor Winter Climbing or New routing on Local Crags.

This is Kev and Mike’s ideal kit list for an Outdoor Winter Climb:

Photo fro Kev's Blog - Kev on an Ice Climb on Mega Route X -Pic.

Photo fro Kev’s Blog – Kev on an Ice Climb on Mega Route X -Pic.

In the ( 28-38 litre) bag:

  • A map, compass and the knowledge of how to use both
  • Synthetic/Down jacket
  • Gore-tex trousers
  • Gore-tex Jacket
  • Helmet
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • 2 x ropes
  • Spare Gloves
  • Spare thin layer
  • Hand warmers to help with the cold after putting on and taking off crampons
  • A head torch
  • Harness
  • Goggles
  • Winter rack ( screws/mixed gear)
  • Survival bag or shelter, just in case.


  • Sandwiches (Mike’s sandwich filling of choice is peanut butter and lettuce!!??)
  • Flask of Hot Ribera (Top Tip from Mike: add a smidgen of sliced ginger to your hot Ribena for optimum taste)
  • Energy bar

This is Kev’s Kit list for New Routing on local crags:

For spotting and clearing the route

  • Binoculars – having a good pair of binoculars is essential for spotting good crags to climb. It can save you an hour or more which can be better spent climbing!
  • A shovel
  • 1 axe to hack away any shrubbery in the way of the route
  • Heavy duty construction gloves

For climbing

  • Static rope ( at least 50m long)
  • A Gri Gri belay device
  • Wire brushes
  • A full rack (nuts, quick draws, slings, cams and more)
  • Harness
  • Chalk bag
  • Helmet
  • Warm Jacket
  • Outdoor trousers