Mount Hood Gear Checklist--Courtesy of John Harlin

BACKPACKER contributing editor John Harlin III first summited Mt. Hood at age 11 and has climbed the peak in every season. Here, he gives you his gear checklist for hitting the mountain right.

Partner: Mark Jenkins

Rope to Partner: Mammut 9.5mm Infinity - Dry

Harness: Black Diamond Alpine Bod

Helmet: Petzl Meteor III

Crampons: Black Diamond Contact Strap with ABS

Boots: La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Verglas

Ice Axe: Grivel Air Tech EVO

Slings with Carabiners: Mammut Dyneema 8mm slinga with BD HotWire carabiners

2 Ice Screws and/or Snow Pickets (Depending on Season): BD Express Ice Screws and MSR Coyote Snow Pickets

Mountain Locator Unit (available for rent)

Blue Bags (for waste): Restop

Winter Clothing (Even in Spring):

  • Gloves
  • Bivy sack
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Sunglasses and/or goggles (depending on season)