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Whitney Gear List

If you are climbing Mt. Whitney, it's best to be prepared for ALL weather conditions. On the sunniest of days the weather can turn sour with little warning bringing anything from thunderstorms to freak snowstorms; thus it's important to be prepared for ALL weather conditions!

There are many hikers who attempt to hike Mt. Whitney solo but the majority of people go in a group. If solo you should carry all of the following items. If in a group, be sure someone in your group you are going to hike with has the following:

  • Water Treatment, Purification, or Filter
  • Backup/Emergency Water Treatment
  • Sunblock
  • Extra Electrolytes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Map
  • Permit

In addition to the group items listed above, everyone one hiking Mt. Whitney should carry the following:

  • Backpack
  • WAG Bag
  • Minimum 3-Liter Water Capacity
  • Food for a Full Day
  • Electrolytes
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Fleece, Down, or Synthetic Warm Jacket
  • Rain Gear
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Sunhat
  • Headlamp
  • Ice Axe (seasonal)
  • Crampons/microspikes (seasonal)

Optional gear

  • Trekking Poles are highly recommended
  • Bug Repellant
  • Bug Head Net

Be sure to read  Mt. Whitney Safety Tips and check out our other Mt. Whitney lodging and dining resources, as well as, shop our Mt. Whitney Gear selection. 

 

This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Hiking Mt. Whitney is an arduous undertaking. You should have proper knowledge, skills, and training before attempting this hike. This website is merely to assist you in your preparations but in no way is it a substitution for you doing your own research. We are not accountable for any decisions you make before or during your hike as a result of something you read on this website.

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