Aconcagua 2012 gears

January 2, 2012

Here is the exhaustive list of equipment I’ll bring for the Aconcagua climbing attempt thru the direct Polish route in 2012.

I’ve spent a significant time researching these items. The general rule is to get the better item based on weight and flexibility (Ideally an item can be used for multiple purposes like the verto 26, whippet, or Addidas Terrex Pro).

Pack & Bag

BACKPACK Black Diamond Mission 75 Backpack (Large/Cobalt)
DAY PACK: A 25+ liter summit pack The North Face VERTO 26 PACK
SLEEPING BAG: A bag rated to 0° to -20° F. Goose down because it is lightweight and compactable. Western Mountaineering Puma25 Degree Microfiber Sleeping Bag
COMPRESSION STUFF SACK FOR SLEEPING BAG The North Face VERTO 26 PACK
 Liner Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor liner
SLEEPING PAD – INFLATABLE: A full-length inflatable pad. Thermarest Neoair All Season Pad

 

Technical Gear

ICE AXE Black Diamond Raven Pro Ice Axe
HELMET: A lightweight climbing helmet. Casque d’escalade Meteor III de Petzl
CRAMPONS: The 10 to 12 point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. Crampons Vasak à système de fixation LeverLock de Petzl Charlet
TREKKING POLES: Lightweight and collapsible, multi-function. Whippet Self‑Arrest de Black Diamond
Harness Petzl Adjama Harness
Prussik 2xPrussik
Slings 120cn 2xDynex 10 mm Runner 120C by Black Diamond
Screwgate Biner 4xPhantom Carabiner – Screw Gate by DMM
1xPetzl William Locking Carabiner
Belay Device Petzl Reverso 3 Belay / Rappel Device (Green)
Biner 2xBlack Diamond Neutrino Carabiner: Gray
 Caritool Caritool Tool Holder by Petzl

 

Head

WARM HAT: Warm and thin enough to fit underneath a climbing helmet. The North Face Accessories HIGH POINT HAT
BALACLAVA / NECK GAITER Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava
BALL CAP OR SUN HAT Outdoor Research Palliser Cap
BUFF OR BANDANA Red Buff
GLACIER GLASSES Addidas Terrex Pro
GOGGLES: Amber or rose-tinted goggles for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a clear-lensed goggle very useful on windy nights. Julbo Revolution Zebra lens, Black Goggle
HEADLAMP Lampe frontale Spot de Black Diamond

 

Hands

LIGHT WEIGHT GLOVE: One pair of fleece gloves. Outdoor Research Backstop Glove
MEDIUM WEIGHT GLOVE: Wind/water resistant insulated mountain gloves. Regular ones from Costco
HEAVY WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE OR MITTEN: Wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold. Black Diamond Guide Glove – Men’s AND
Outdoor Research Men’s Alti Mitts

 

Upper Body

2 LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT BASELAYER
LIGHT INSULATING LAYER First Ascent Hangfire Hoodie
SOFT SHELL LAYER Mammut Ultimate Hoody Men
HARD SHELL JACKET MEC Truant Jacket
INSULATED PARKA with HOOD First Ascent Peak XV
NON-COTTON HIKING SHIRT Regular synthetic shirts, costco

 

Lower Body

2-3 UNDERWEAR
LIGHT TO MEDIUM WEIGHT BASELAYER
CLIMBING PANT: Synthetic climbing pants offer a wide range of versatility.
HARD SHELL PANT: A pant made of breathable rain and wind-proof material
DOWN OR SYNTHETIC INSULATED PANT OR Neoplum
LIGHT WEIGHT TREKKING PANT: A lightweight, synthetic pair of pants is a good option for the approach trek

 

Feet

MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
La Sportiva Spantik
HIKING BOOTS
SANDALS: These are used during river crossings
3 pair CLIMBING SOCKS: Either wool or synthetic. Ultra Heavyweight Mountaineering Socks
2 pair TREKKING SOCKS
GAITERS Outdoor Research M’s Crocodiles Gaiters (Chili/Black, XX-Large)

 

Other

Batteries Headlamp + Spot: 9 Lithium AAA Battery
GPS: 6xLithium AA Battery
GPS Garmin Oregon 400t
Satellite communication Spot GPS
Purification tablets Aquatabs
Sunscreen Scape 30 + Neutrogena 110
Blood Oxygen Monitor Nonin GO2 Pulse Oximeter

 

Medication

Lasix Cipro XL
Dexamethasone Adalat
Diamox Gravol
 Ibuprofene

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