Rock Climbing Gear List

Below is a list of items you will be responsible for while out climbing with the EMS Climbing School. Being properly dressed is essential to enjoying your outdoor adventures. If you have questions about how many or which items to bring, please call 845-668-2030 or email [email protected] We expect that you will be dressed and ready to go upon arrival to your program.


Pants or Shorts
Loose fitting, quick dry pants or shorts. Shorts should be mid thigh. Dress appropriately for the day’s weather.

Long or Short Sleeve Shirt

Rain Jacket
Lightweight waterproof/breathable jacket with a hood. You may not need it… but if you do, you’ll be glad you brought it.

Fleece Jacket (Spring & Fall)
Spring and fall temperatures can be chilly, especially in the mountains. Keep an eye on the forecast. If temperatures are expected to be in the 50s F or below by mid-day we recommend packing a fleece jacket.


Closed-Toed Shoes
Sneakers or trail shoes. No open-toed sandals or heavy hiking boots.


You will be at the cliff for the whole climbing day so please pack a lunch and snacks for each person in your group. PB&J, bagels, trail mix, and granola bars are good options. Avoid soft fruits (like bananas), as they don’t pack well. Tip: pack foods in plastic containers.

2 Nalgene-sized bottles per person (64 oz)


Small Day Pack
One that you could climb with comfortably and carry your harness, helmet, shoes, and other personal items. Basic book bags generally suffice. No small hydration bags, please.


Bug Spray


All climbers receive rock shoes, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware for the day at no extra charge.