Aconcagua Climb Argentina • 22,840' • 6962m
Gear List

IMG Aconcagua Climb 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 Phil Ershler, the expedition organizer. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear.

Aconcagua Required Equipment List — Please Read Carefully
[  ]LARGE size internal frame pack: 80 cu liters plus
[  ]ice ax (60-70 cm length is the most useful, light is right)
[  ]collapsible ski poles for the approach
[  ]crampons (aluminum is OK for this trip)
[  ]climbing harness (light weight)
[  ]climbing hard hat is also required
[  ]1 locking and 2 regular carabiners
[  ]sleeping bag (down, it's lighter and more compressible) Should be rated to approx. 0 to minus 10°F.
[  ]full length foam and/or Thermarest pad or Neo Air
[  ]double climbing boots
[  ]regular gaiters, add insulated Supergaiters for extra warmth and/or the Intuition foam liners, which fit most double boots, if you're looking for a more warmth.
[  ]light hiking shoes for the approach
[  ]socks for the hike, normally 3 pair
[  ]sandals for river wading
[  ]three sets of wool socks for the climb
[  ]light hiking shirt. Nylon dries fast
[  ]hiking shorts and/or pants. Again, nylon is a great choice. Convertible hiking pants work well.
[  ]climbing pants, like a Schoeller fabric pant or a soft shell pant
[  ]Gore-tex wind/rain pants with full-length leg zippers
[  ]Insulated pant with full zippers, like the OR Neoplume or MH Compressor
[  ]Gore-tex wind and snow shell-type parka
[  ]medium weight insulated parka with hood (down is light and compressible)
[  ]polypropylene underwear -- 2 zip-neck turtleneck tops and 1 bottom
[  ]soft shell, fleece, etc.
[  ]wool or fleece stocking hat with ear flaps
[  ]neck gaiter or balaclava. Buff's are great.
[  ]warm ski gloves
[  ]lighter weight fleece glove
[  ]warm, expedition mittens
[  ]bandana
[  ]baseball cap
[  ]sunglasses AND ski goggles
[  ]suntan lotion (at least #30 protection factor) and lip salve on a neck string
[  ]2 wide mouth plastic water bottles with insulated covers
[  ]bowl, cup and spoon
[  ]good headlamp with 2 sets of batteries (flashlight is not sufficient)
[  ]camera, batteries, consider a small flash drive to help share photos
[  ]personal first aid kit to include at least the following:
  • Two regimens of the antibiotic azithromycin ("Z-Pak") (required)
  • Imodium (required)
  • aspirin
  • antacids
  • moleskin
  • band-aids
  • light weight toilet articles and personal medications
  • iodine crystals or tablets for water purification (these are available at mountaineering stores as a product called 'Polar Pure' or 'Potable Agua'.)
[  ]small towel
[  ]a bottle of Purell hand disinfectant. Make sure you bring this.
[  ]toilet paper - 2 rolls
[  ]ear plugs
[  ]5 very large plastic garbage bags such as the Hefty Steel Sacks.
[  ]pocket knife
[  ]alarm wrist watch (Splurge and get an altimeter watch from Suunto.)