Equipment list for Schools, Grand Teton Prep and Custom/Family Climbing

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.

Essential Items

  • Waterproof rain jacket is required regardless of time of year or weather forecast. Brief rain showers are common in the afternoon. No rain ponchos. A jacket equivalent to the Arc’teryx Alpha FL jacket is ideal – lightweight and waterproof. A limited number of rain jackets are available for rental. 
  • Fleece jacket, pullover, sweater, or other layer for warmth regardless of weather forecast.
  • Lightweight pants or long shorts – jeans and sweatpants are not recommended.
  • T-shirt (cotton is fine in nice weather).
  • Athletic socks that will not slip down into your shoes.
  • Gloves for rappelling (100% cotton or leather – NO polyester). Cotton work gloves suitable for rappelling are available for purchase. 
  • Two quarts of water (two large water bottles) per person.
  • Lunch and snacks that are high energy, easy to eat, and heat tolerant.
  • Dark sunglasses, 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 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 that may not work well in the Tetons. 

Recommended Items

  • Waterproof rain pants. A limited number of rain pants are available for rental. 

Optional Items

  • Custom orthotics to be used in approach shoes.


  • Arc'Teryx
  • Black Diamond
  • Virginian Lodge
  • Samsara
  • La Sportiva
  • Mammut
  • 4FRNT