IMG Mountaineering courses

For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

Boots and Clothing:

  • Boots
    • Ice climbing – stiff crampon compatible boots (can be rented, included on IMG 115).
    • Mountaineering – the stiffer the better, sturdy and waterproof with good ankle support.
  • Long and short sleeve (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
  • Gloves 2-3 pairs of different thickness – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Gaiters (winter and snow oriented courses)
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

Other gear:

  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in). Expect to carry some communal gear.
  • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient (depends on tour).  
  • Towel – light weight and packable. 
  • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
  • Headlamp.
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
  • Swim suit (depends on tour).

 Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s).
  • Pen knife. 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
  • Slippers for indoor use.
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

 Climbing gear – basics:  

The climbing gear needed for IMG courses is mostly included, see given course. Where not included affordable renting options are available. Feel free to bring your own gear – and we will teach you all about it!

  • Harness – lightweight harness with gear-loops.
  • Helmet – climbing helmet.
  • Crampons – fitting for your boots and the given activity (mountaineering vs. ice-climbing).
  • 2 – 4 locking karabiners – large opening, pear shape.
  • Belay device – with guide mode, e.g. Petzl Reverso / BD-ATC Guide.
  • Ice –axe(s). Lightweight classical axe/pick and/or two climbing tools (depending on activity).


Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is