My first 4000er


Well equipped, mountain tours are even more fun!

What do you need in your rucksack to make it to a 3000m or 4000m peak or to master a glacier trekking? Technical equipment such as ice axes and crampons is provided by the Mammut Alpine School. Markus Wey, Technical Leader of the Mammut Alpine School, will tell you what else you need.




Markus Wey, Technical Leader and Mountain Guide of the Mammut Alpine School

Markus Wey


  • A wind- and waterproof hardshell jacket. This simply belongs in the rucksack. When the weather changes in the high mountains, very unpleasant conditions can prevail within a short time. With the Crater HS (women's/men's) you are well prepared.
  • The same applies to the trousers: the Masao HS (women's/men's) protects you from wind and weather. Thanks to the full-length zips, the trousers can be quickly and easily pulled over for protection.
  • An insulating or down jacket is essential. It will keep you reliably warm in cold temperatures. I can recommend, for example, the Meron Light IN (women's/men's), which not only insulates you perfectly, but is also weather-resistant and, above all, can be packed very small.
  • A solid pair of softshell trousers. They should not be too thin because of wear and tear. The Courmayeur SO (women's/men's) with its crampon protection is ideal for high-altitude tours.
  • The onion principle has proven itself in the mountains: Several layers of clothing are cleverly combined. Weather and temperature fluctuations are easily compensated for and you don't sweat unnecessarily. Base and mid layers are combined with a jacket according to personal preference. My personal midlayer favourite is the Eiswand Guide ML (women's/men's) Jacket, which has everything you need in the mountains.


  • When it comes to backpacks, less is more. It should not be bigger than 30 litres, because the lighter the rucksack, the more enjoyment you will have on the tour. I like the Trion Spine 28-35, and a rucksack cover can be worth its weight in gold.
  • Gloves: These protect you from cold and injuries on the trail. The Nordwand Pro are definitely not a bad choice.
  • A hat or headband will keep you warm in wind and weather. With a hood, cap and headband to protect your nose, even the coldest wind won't freeze your face.


  • The right mountain boot is a science in itself: I myself wear the Taiss Tour Mid (women's/men's). It is light, offers very good support, has a stable sole and covers all activities from hiking to climbing. Not suitable for mountain tours are half-height hiking boots with soft soles that only go as far as the ankle. However, the best shoe is only as good as the fit on the foot. I recommend getting advice from a specialist shop when buying. If you have problems with friction or blisters, it may also be worth changing to a different sock material.


  • Good sun protection is essential in the mountains. This includes headgear, good sunglasses (filter category 3 or higher) and sun cream with a sun protection factor of at least 25.
  • You don't need to bring tons of spare clothes. A set of clothes that you can put on dry to the skin is enough as a reserve.
  • The bare essentials are also sufficient in terms of toiletries: there are no showers at the hut and often not even running water.
  • A small pharmacy with the most important things for your own needs is part of the basic equipment.
  • In my experience, most guests take too much food with them. If you still don't bring enough, you can always buy extra food at the hut.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids is very important. I recommend a thermos flask so that you can enjoy a sip of warm tea on the summit.
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