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Equipment Rentals

The Caltech Y offers a wide range of rental equipment at little to no cost for Caltech community members. From concerts to movies to talks, many groups make use of AV Equipment and Event Equipment from the Y. Outdoor gear is also available. Whether you are planning a day trip or a major expedition we may have what you need. See below for a complete list of equipment and charges.

The best way to assure that the equipment you want is available when you need it is to reserve it ahead of time. Simply stop by the Y and make a reservation. Payment are made upon return. Equipment should be returned in the same condition as when checked out, and added fees may be applied for late returns, or for equipment requiring organization, cleaning, or repair.

In addition to the Caltech Y, equipment has been provided through the generous support of The Moore Hufstedler Fund, The Student Investment Fund, The Caltech Alpine Club, The DaVinci Club, The Graduate Student Council, and many personal contributions.

Audio-Visual, Event, and Outdoor equipment are available for a small charge to Caltech students, staff or faculty for departmental or personal use.

For tent rentals, please refer to the Tent Setup Manual for setup instructions.


List of Outdoor Items Available for Rental   List of Audio Visual Items Available for Rental
Name of item Cost per day   Name of item Cost per day
Back Pack Men's $2   Digital Camcorder $11
Back Pack Women's $2   Extension Cords $3
Bear Barrel $2   Long Speaker Cables $3
Cook Kit $2   Microphone plus Cable $3
Lantern $2   Microphone Table Stand $3
Regular Sleeping Bag $3   Microphone Stand $3
Sleeping Bag Zero Degree $3   Movie Screen $12
Sleeping Pad $2   Projector $30
Stove Dual $3   Small PA System $15
Stove Single $2   PA System on Cart $15
Backpacking Stoves $2   Speaker or Mic Cables $2
Tent-Six Person $5   Tripod $3
Tent-Four Person $5      
Tent-Two Person $4      
Alpine Club Outdoor Items Available for Rental   List of Event Items Available for Rental
Name of item Cost per day   Name of item Cost per day
2 way radios Free   Chafing Dish $2
Avalanche Probe Free   Drink Jug $2
Avalanche unit Free   Garbage Can $2
Bouldering Pad (large/small) Free   Ice Chest $2
Crampons Free   Storage Bucket $2
Helmet Free   Table $4
Ice Axe Free   Umbrella $4
Shovel Free   Beach Umbrella $2
Snow Picket Free      
Snow Shoes Free      
Tent-Bivy Free      

A Bike rack is available to rent thanks to the Alpine Club. Please before making a reservation, check the manual to see if it fits your car. Bike Rack Manual.