Expedition Gear List
This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear for a mountaineering expedition. Most items are required. Please consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled by the expedition organizer. Don’t cut corners on the quality of your gear.
Pack & Bag
- DUFFEL BAG: A 120+ liter bag made of tough material with rugged zippers. This duffel will be used on the mountain to transport gear in your sled.
- DUFFEL BAG: A 90+ liter bag made of tough material with rugged zippers. This duffel will be used to store other items while on mountain
- BACKPACK: A 90+ liter pack is the recommended size for this climb. It is imperative that your backpack is large enough and tough enough to handle the load. A separate summit pack is not needed.
- SLEEPING BAG: A bag bag rated to -20° to -30° F. Either goose down or synthetic, with ample room for movement. Most guides prefer down, because it is lightweight and compactable.
- COMPRESSION STUFF SACK FOR SLEEPING BAG
- SLEEPING PAD – INFLATABLE: A full-length inflatable pad
- SLEEPING PAD – CLOSED FOAM: A full-length or 3/4 length closed cell foam pad. This second sleeping pad is placed on top of the inflatable.
- ICE AXE
- CLIMBING HARNESS: A comfortable, adjustable climbing harness.
- 5 NON-LOCKING CARABINER(S)
- 2 LOCKING CARABINER(S)
- HELMET: A lightweight climbing helmet.
- CRAMPONS: The 12-point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. Carry any repair kit/replacement parts and adjusting tools which are specific to your crampons.
- TREKKING POLES: Lightweight and collapsible.
- MECHANICAL ASCENDER: For traveling on fixed ropes
- SNOWSHOES: MSR Evo Ascent
- ‘Single-Length’ pre-sewn sling (60 cm) for use with mechanical ascender
- ‘Double-Length’ pre-sewn sling (120 cm) for an ice axe ‘Alaska’ leash
- 20′ of nylon accessory cord for miscellaneous lashing
- 3 long bungee cords (approx. 12″ each)
- 25′ of 6mm perlon cord for sled tether, sled prussik and backpack ‘ditch loop’
- AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER: A digital transceiver is preferred; analog will work as well.
- WARM HAT: Wool or synthetic. It should be warm and thin enough to fit underneath a climbing helmet.
- BALACLAVA / NECK GAITER
- BUFF OR BANDANA: A bandana or buff provides good protection from sun and dust.
- 2 PAIR GLACIER GLASSES: A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses.
- GOGGLES: Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a clear-lensed goggle very useful on windy nights.
- LIGHT WEIGHT GLOVE: One pair of fleece gloves.
- MEDIUM WEIGHT GLOVE: Wind/water resistant insulated ski gloves.
- HEAVY WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE OR MITTEN: Wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold. These also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove.
Upper Body Gear
- 2 LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT BASELAYER: Long-sleeve synthetic top will be used as your base layer. Zip-neck styles will allow for better temperature regulation.
- LIGHT INSULATING LAYER: A fleece or other insulation layer.
- SOFT SHELL LAYER: A windproof, water-resistant and highly breathable layer.
- HARD SHELL JACKET: A jacket made of rain/wind-proof material with an attached hood.
- DOWN OR SYNTHETIC INSULATED JACKET: A synthetic primaloft jacket.
- DOWN PARKA WITH ATTACHED HOOD: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with poor weather. This should be an expeditionary-type heavy parka that extends well below the waist and above the knees. Goose down is recommended versus synthetic fill. It does not have to be waterproof, but that is a nice feature. The parka is worn primarily in camp, at rest breaks, and on summit day (when it is of crucial importance). When sizing a parka, allow for several layers to be worn underneath; buy it large. The parka must have an insulated hood.
Lower Body Gear
- 1 – 3 PAIR UNDERWEAR: Non-cotton briefs or boxers.
- LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT BASELAYER: Light to medium weight wool or synthetic bottoms.
- CLIMBING PANT: Synthetic climbing pants offer a wide range of versatility. You can wear them alone on hot days, or in combination with the base layer on cold days. The thickness (insulation quality) should be based on how well you do in the cold.
- HARD SHELL PANT: A pant made of breathable rain and wind-proof material will be needed. Full-length side zippers are required for facilitating quick clothing adjustments over boots and crampons in cold, inclement weather.
- DOWN OR SYNTHETIC INSULATED PANT: A synthetic primaloft pant.
- MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS: Expedition-style quality plastic double boot, with high altitude expedition-style inner boot is mandatory. Anticipate a sock combination when sizing them (single sock, liner and sock, or two heavy socks on each foot). Wear the boots as often as possible before the climb, to determine proper fit, comfort and performance. La Sportiva Spantik or La Sportiva Baruntse
- OVERBOOTS: Expedition overboots add significant warmth, especially at high altitude. All-in-one mountaineering boots do not need the added insulation of overboots. Forty Below Purple Haze
- BOOTIES: Goose down or synthetic fill. Booties can be worn inside of the overboots while walking around camp, which allows an opportunity to dry out inner boots.
- GAITERS: A knee-length pair of gaiters, large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots. This will protect you from catching your crampons on loose clothing.
- 4+ PAIR SOCKS: Either wool or synthetic. Some people find liner socks useful for reducing friction.
- SUNSCREEN – Coppertone Sport SPF 30
- LIP PROTECTION
- SNACKS ABOVE GROUP GEAR: See the Food tab for group quantities.
- CHEMICAL HAND WARMERS
- 2 – 3 WATER BOTTLES: One-quart water bottles are required. Wide mouth bottles are ideal since their opening is less likely to freeze.
- 2 – 3 INSULATED WATER BOTTLE COVERS: These help prevent liquids from freezing. It should completely cover the bottle.
- 2 – 3 GARBAGE BAGS (Large): We recommend lining your backpack with garbage bags to keep items in your backpack completely dry.
- 2 ROLLS TOILET PAPER
- EAR PLUGS
- LIGHTER / MATCHES
- PEE BOTTLE: 1 to 1 1/2 quart size
Personal First Aid Kit
- TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHPASTE
- BABY WIPES
- HAND SANITIZER: Personal size.
- Toilet Articles
- ASPRIN / IBUPROFEN
- IMMODIUM (ANTI-DIARRHEA)
- PEPTO-BISMOL (STOMACH RELIEF)
- SMALL ROLL OF ADHESIVE TAPE
- Personal Medications
- ANTIBIOTICS: Broad spectrum antibiotics for Traveler’s Diarrhea.
- TYLENOL #3: Tylenol 3 for pain
- ACETAZOLAMIDE: For Altitiude Illness
- BOWL GSI Fairshare Mug
- INSULATED MUG
- 2 SPOON or SPORK
- “NEOPRENE FACE MASK
- Peregrine Outfitters Neoprene Face Mask”
- SLEEPING MASK
- READING MATERIAL (see group gear)
- iPOD or MP3 PLAYER
- MOSQUITO REPELLANT