Peak Climbing Gears and Equipment

Essential Personal Climbing Gears and Equipment:

  1. Alpine Climbing Harness: It should be simply designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  2. Crampons: It should be fitted with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  3. Ice Axe: used to cut off the ice during climbing gears should be versatile light.
  4. Ascender: also known as Jamar, used for ascending on a rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  5. Head Lamp: multi led headlamp with spare batteries is essential.
  6. Karabiners: requires minimum 2 locking carabiners (1 large & 1 small) and 4 regulars.
  7. Rappel Device: includes Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  8. Ski Poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type.
  9. Slings: requires one 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  10. Masks, Hoses and Regulators: recommended good quality for your safety.
  11. Altimeter Watch:
  12. Climbing Helmets: It is an essential climbing gear to be safe from possible icefalls and rock falls, should be light and comfortable
Climbing Gears and Equipment

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Clothing:

Upper Body:

  1. One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  2. Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  3. One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  4. One polar fleece jacket.
  5. One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with a large hood to accommodate the climbing helmet.
  6. Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  7. One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Hands:

  1. One pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  2. One pair mittens consist of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  1. Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  2. Balaclava
  3. Scarf or neck sleeve
  4. Face mask
  5. Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  6. Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  7. One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  8. Bandana or headscarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  1. Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  2. One pair of walking shorts
  3. One pair of walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  4. Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  5. One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  6. One pair of polar fleece trousers
  7. One pair of Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  8. One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)

Feet:

  1. One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  2. One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  3. One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  4. One pair of booties (optional)
  5. Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  6. Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  7. Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  8. Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  9. Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.
  10. Travel and Sleeping Gear
  11. Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
  12. One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for aeroplane carry).
  13. Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inches) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  14. Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Sleeping Gear:

  • For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to –35 C (-30 F). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
  • For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C (-5 F).
  • At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to a high probability of accidental puncture.

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