IMG Carstensz Pyramid Gear List
This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear. Most items are required—so please bring everything on the list. Also consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items from your duffle. Keep in mind that this list has been carefully compiled based on our past experience with the trek to Carstensz. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear. In order to assist our clients in understanding and selecting the appropriate equipment for this program, IMG has worked with outdoor retailer Mountain Gear website or place telephone orders at 800-829-2009.
|A few IMPORTANT notes to keep in mind as you pack for your Carstensz expedition:|
|[ ]||Duffel Bags: Travel with two duffel bags to Despenar and then onward to Timika. Make sure your bag size fits within your airlines' luggage specs. One duffel will eventually be left in our hotel with your unneeded travel clothing and travel gear; this bag could be a wheeled bag. The other duffel bag should be tough waterproof-like bag that porters will carry to base camp with your trekking and climbing gear. This bag should NOT have wheels; they are very difficult for porters to carry.|
|[ ]||The flights from Despenar to Timika are domestic flights and you may be charged overweight (up to $4 per half-kilo). Mark your bags with your name and home city using an indelible or silver pen in case your tags get ripped off—and to help us locate bags during the trek. Label bags with luggage tags (for international flights).|
|[ ]||Bring a third moderate sized lightweight bag and lock (fold it up, pack it, and use if needed for storing gear).|
|[ ]||Locks: You will want 4 TSA padlocks locks (which security can open) for your flights to Timika. Bags must be locked during the trek as well. Locks break; the 4th lock is extra.|
|[ ]||Bring 3 large compactor plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels and to line your pack like a garbage can (purchase at Home Depot, in the paint section). Bring another 5-6 large lighter-weight black garbage can liners to line your stuff bags and to put your boots in while camping. You'll want to use these bags to protect gear from rain and mud.|
|[ ]||Daypack for travel: Large daypack or bag with a shoulder strap. Avoid setting your pack down while doing the duffle shuffle or handling travel documents, or when going through passport control and customs at the airport. It needs to be big enough to hold everything you'll need for an overnight layover in Taipei or Despenar (Bali). You may be able to use your travel pack as your trekking pack; see below for details. If you do this, make sure to make your pack looks compact during your flights, so it doesn't draw attention as oversized when boarding your flight.|
|[ ]||Travel Wallet: Important for carrying your important documents including passport, duffel inventory list, and money. We suggest that you use a travel wallet that you can hang around your neck and place inside your shirt, or around your waist tucked under your shirt or trousers.|
|[ ]||Passport (valid for at least 6 months after the trip ends with sufficient extra pages for visa stamps and in same name as airline ticket. Purchase your $25 Indonesian visa on arrival in Despenar, at the airport.|
|[ ]||Two additional passport photos and a photocopy of your passport, and a copy of your flight itinerary.|
|[ ]||Spending money: $500-600 should cover your needs for everything. Bring a range of bill denominations. Your $100 bills should be newer than 2006, or they may not be accepted; other bills should be newer, too. Anticipate paying some departure taxes from Despenar to Timika (about $5), Timika to Despenar (about $5), and the departing Despenar for your flight home (about $25). You'll want to exchange around $350 at the airport for the Local Indonesian Rupias (to be used for gifts and porter tips). Be sure to bring a credit card for unexpected expenses or an emergency.
|[ ]||Trekking Poles: You'll want poles to balance on log walks, in the jungle, and stream crossings. They also help to ease the impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack and fit into your duffel bag. Baskets should be medium sized to create flotation in the mud. Bring an extra basket, in case one gets sucked off in the mud.|
|[ ]||Backpacks: Your "day pack" is great for a travel carry-on and may be large enough for the trek and climb. Keep in mind you'll need room for your clothes, water, camera, food, maybe a pair of boots at times, etc., during the day while hiking and climbing. A 40 to 50 liter size is perfect for this trip. Larger packs are nice if you need something at the bottom of your pack, and want to shuffle things inside of your pack, vs. pulling everything out if you have a smaller pack, a consideration in the wet-muddy jungle, rain, and wet climb. If you go with two packs on this trip, pack your larger one in your duffel bag for your international flights.|
|[ ]||Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your pack; REQUIRED.|
|[ ]||Sleeping Bag: Rated to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Synthetic REQUIRED. Use a Nisil compressor bag and line it with one of those plastic bags, and your bag will show up reasonably dry each night.|
|[ ]||Bring a closed cell mattress (RidgeRest) and a light weight (¾ length?) ThermaRest or a NeoAir mattress. Don't forget a small repair kit to fix your mattress. Avoid "Z-Rest pads; they are hard to dry when wet, and avoid a down-insulated pad. Pack your pads in your duffel bag during the trek, inside of a plastic bag.|
|[ ]||Small lightweight tarp/ground cover/bivy sack in case the tent is wet inside.|
|[ ]||Trekking umbrella|
|[ ]||A couple of medium to large stuff bags to organize your gear. Line with plastic bags. Three or 4 large heavy-duty zip-lock bags can come in handy, too.
|[ ]||Approach Shoes: Bring sturdy hiking shoes for the last couple days of hiking to base camp, and around camp. These need to be suitable for rugged hiking, not lightweight casual shoes.|
|[ ]||Climbing Boots: Medium-weight climbing boots, waterproofed and broken-in (i.e., La Sportiva Trango EVO GTX). Fit with 1 or 2 pair of socks.|
|[ ]||High Rubber "mud" Boots (Wellington type, with metal shank). You will want to wear 2-pair of socks in these boots; probably two pair of your climbing socks (mid-weight). Avoid a liner sock, since you'll have an inch or two of water in your boots at times, and liner socks often slide down and bunch up—causing blisters. The medium thickness two sock combination is your best defense against blisters. Also consider placing a pair of custom insoles (i.e., Super Feet) to increase your comfort to further decrease blister issues. IMG will email you some boot links that would be appropriate for this trip. Inappropriate boots risk the soles falling off due to the 80 miles we'll trek in them, so getting the correct pair is important (and even then, you might have boot issues). We'll bring a backup pair for the group just in case someone gets into a pickle. Lastly, some people may be tempted to wear shorts while wearing mud boots. Believe it or not, it's possible to create blisters around the tops of your calves, caused by the boot top slapping against your legs all day. The best defense is to wear long super lightweight trekking pants. That layer of pant fabric will prevent that wear on your legs.|
|[ ]||Gaiters: To keep rain, snow, mud, and scree out of your boots. Probably used only during the summit climb. If your rain pants don't fit closely around your ankle and boot, gaiters will be key. Anticipate shredding your gaiters during the summit climb (the limestone rock cuts and quickly wears clothing).|
|[ ]||Socks: Four complete changes of socks; so a total of 8 medium-thickness socks (all the same size). You may be able to wash socks on the trek, but with the high humidity, everything dries very slowly. Each day, your goal should be to dry the 2-pair of socks you wore the day before. Your IMG guide will provide some ideas for accomplishing this during the trek.|
|[ ]||Consider an additional pair of SealSkinz waterproof socks (or something similar), for the summit day. Purchase one size larger if they are to fit over another pair of socks.|
|[ ]||Flip flops: Bring a lightweight cheap disposable pair. You may also want a better pair for Bali/Despenar.
|Clothing: Muted colors for travel; BRIGHTER colors for the jungle, so we can keep track of you!|
|[ ]||Synthetic Briefs/Boxers: 3 pair.|
|[ ]||Base Layer Bottoms: One pair synthetic lightweight long johns (bottoms), or a synthetic sport pant that you can hang out in camp, and sleep in (if your sleeping bag is damp, these are helpful from a comfort standpoint).|
|[ ]||Base Layer Top: Lighter-weight—you may want a top that has a zippered neck for ventilation; some come with a hood.|
|[ ]||Mid Layers: Two warm layers (One mid-weight and one heavier; a combination of a wool sweater, fleece jacket, fleece or lightweight Primaloft jacket (!), etc, that can be all worn in conjunction with the other layers). Optional: Add a lightweight soft-shell Schoeller type wind shirt/hooded jacket.|
|[ ]||Shell Jacket: Waterproof/breathable jacket with attached hood (not zip-on). Must have some kind of pit zip system to ventilate when using in the jungle. Bring high-quality raingear—it will get tested nearly every day.|
|[ ]||Shell Pants: Waterproof/breathable pants (full side zips are best). These might get ripped on the summit climb from the abrasive limestone rock, so bring some repair tape too!|
|[ ]||Climbing Pants: Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials, like "Schoeller," a popular soft-shell material. Fabric should be a breathable synthetic that preferably holds up to abrasion and dries quickly. You can wear them over long johns if it is cold, but this is not likely. Note: These are not your typical nylon trekking or "convertible pants," rather, a true climbing pant i.e., Outdoor Research Exos pants. REQUIRED.|
|[ ]||Warm Parka: Synthetic (not down) is REQUIRED. This should be big enough to fit over all of your other garments. If your parka is on the lightweight side, consider bringing a lightweight Primaloft style vest or jacket (noted above).|
|[ ]||Trekking Clothes: Two pair light synthetic hiking pants for warm weather in the jungle (1 pair should be convertible to shorts); NOT cotton. Long sleeve trekking shirt and non-cotton t-shirts (2; quick-drying synthetic fabric is essential; Outdoor Research has zip-neck).|
|[ ]||Lightweight Casual Clothes: Consider a couple of shirts with a collar to wear on flights and for restaurants and a couple of lightweight travel pants. Three pair socks, t-shirts, 3 pr underwear, shorts, lightweight jacket/fleece layer, and sunglasses. Travel clothing is easy to wash; do some daily laundry if you get a chance (bring small bottle of soap). Optional ball-cap. Avoid bright colors if possible for your city-wear.|
|[ ]||Bathing Suit: Some of the hotels will have pools, and of course, Bali has awesome beaches!
|[ ]||Gloves (2): Light gloves for hiking and warm insulated Gore-Tex climbing gloves. Must be able to work with technical gear with your warmer gloves. If your climbing gloves have leather on them, be sure to treat them with some waterproofing, like NikWax.|
|[ ]||Leather gloves for rock climbing on rough rock. Garden gloves or climbing leather gloves—you'll wear these for the entire climb, rappelling, and crossing the Tyrolean traverse. Like the above pair, treat them with waterproofing. Also, these gloves should be new or very new, and anticipate that you'll wear holes in them during our one-day climb. Crazy, huh? It's really rough rock!|
|[ ]||Hats: Must be quick drying (fleece?). Also, bring a quick drying sun hat and bandana. Optional: Rain hat with a wide brim.|
|[ ]||Lightweight balaclava or a buff.
|[ ]||Headlamp (strong LED beam): With 2 sets of extra lithium batteries.|
|[ ]||Water Bottles: 1 liter wide-mouth water bottles (2), plus one .5 liter wide-mouth bottle (must be able to clip your bottles to your pack for easy access (a must); use one of your climbing carabiners). Be sure to LABEL your bottles with your name using a marking pen and consider wrapping your favorite color tape around your bottle. Avoid hydration systems/reservoirs; they are difficult to fill and keep clean, and need special care (and have been known to leak in packs). Bring a Pee bottle too (1 to 1.5 liter); helpful so you don't have to get out of the tent…in the mud, during a downpour.|
|[ ]||Water Treatment: Iodine tablets (On bottle of Potable Aqua or similar) or iodine crystals (One bottle Polar Pure). Check expiration dates. You probably won't use this much, but if you run out of water on a trek day, this can be a life saver. There will be many places where can take water out of a river.|
|[ ]||Camera: With spare batteries, and film or memory cards. Use high quality freezer zip-lock bags to protect your electronic gear and other key items from water (or consider a small Otter box). Consider a small USB flash drive (16gb) for sharing photos with team members at the end of the trip.|
|[ ]||Pocket Knife, plus bowl, cup and spoon. An insulated mug is not needed. Store these things in a mesh bag, so it's easy to bring your eating wear to meals without dropping something.|
|[ ]||Hand Warmers: Two sets. If you get super chilled on the trek, these might be helpful. The other pair should be reserved for the summit climb.
|[ ]||Wrist Watch: With alarm.|
|[ ]||Sunglasses to wear during trek and climb. Consider eyewear to wear in the jungle, to protect your eyes from branches.|
|[ ]||Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses (and extra lens solution).|
|[ ]||Skin Care: Maximum SPF sunscreen and lip balm.|
|[ ]||Personal Items: Ear plugs, and 3 rolls of toilet paper, small quick drying towel (Outdoor Research), biodegradable soap, toothbrush and paste, hand sanitizer (Purell; 3 x 2oz. personal sized travel bottles).|
|[ ]||Basic First Aid Items: Tape, aspirin (many climbers take an 81mg aspirin every day to prevent stroke), Imodium and Pepto Bismol for diarrhea, Band-Aids, antacid. Bring ibuprofen/acetaminophen, and consider bringing a few extra if you get sore after super physical days like we'll have during the jungle approach.|
|[ ]||Blister Kit: Moleskin, duct tape, compeed (Dr. Scholls). Must be ‘water tight,' and anticipate changing your dressings daily (if needed), so bring plenty to cover your own needs. Lightweight scissors may be needed to cut materials. Keep in mind the objective is to NOT get blisters—prevention is the key. Once you have blisters on this trip, they are super difficult to treat, since your boots will often be filled with water—and anything you tape to your feet will come off in a matter of an hour or two of walking. So, as noted earlier, your best defense will be to wear 2 medium-thick socks in your rubber boots.|
|[ ]||Insect Repellant (with DEET): Will need this while down low during the trip.|
|[ ]||Prescription Medications: 1) Antibiotic for upper respiratory problems (azithromycin) 2) Antibiotic for GI problems (Cipro or azithromycin); 3) Diamox (acetazolamide) for acclimatization (125 mg tabs recommended, enough for a week); 4) Mild sleeping pills for jet lag; 5) Tylenol 3 or similar for severe headaches/pain; 6) Malaria Chemophrophylaxis 7) Asthma medication, if any history; 8) nifedipine (for pulmonary edema) 9) dexamethasome (for cerebral edema) in association with immediate descent, and 10) EPI-Pen (if you are allergic to bees, bug bites, or have food allergies).|
|[ ]||Cold medicine (Sudafed, etc), Chloroseptic or Tessalon Perles throat lozenges.|
|[ ]||Personal Snack Food: Approximately 10 pounds of personal snacks, to include drink mix ( Crystal Light/Kool-Aid/hydration tabs; 10-20 qts. worth), plus a hydration/ performance sports drink (i.e., Cytomax; 10 qts. worth [mix half strength]). Add drink mix to your water bottle after giving iodine tablets 30 minutes of contact time). Include some energy bars that contain additional protein. GU packs are good for quick energy. Other ideas: GORP, candy bars, fruit snacks, cheese and meat sticks. Meats should be in original store-purchased packaging. A large selection of choices is best.|
|[ ]||One or two books, and/or consider a MP3 player w/headphones and extra batteries. Plan on sharing books amongst your team members to expand your reading selection. For MP3 players, you'll want to bring any charging connectors, etc. For Indonesia, they use plugs with 2 round prongs. A small solar panel is a reasonable thing to bring to save battery weight, if you listen to your MP3 player a lot.|
|[ ]||Small repair kit: Small roll of duct tape, a couple feet of wire, small tube of "Seam Grip."|
|[ ]||Cell phone (optional): Nice to have one when departing the USA, should something come up, and your IMG guide needs to contact you about something. Texting is possible in Taipei and Despenar if you have a GSM phone (some CDMA phones work, too), but it's expensive. We suggest turning off your cell network connection to avoid possible data fees (leave wi-fi on).|
|[ ]||Internet/Wi-Fi: There are several opportunities to use the Internet during the trip. There is wi-fi in the Taipei airport, throughout Despenar (airport, restaurants, and hotels), and in our Timika hotel. If your phone or MP3 player (iTouch) is wi-fi capable, you'll be able to connect throughout the trip. There are also Internet cafés in Despenar. Our hotels usually have a single kiosk for occasional Internet access.
|[ ]||Helmet: Newer lightweight style, like the Petzl Meteor III, or something similar (to save weight).|
|[ ]||Climbing Harness: We prefer a lightweight harness with a minimum of padding that can be adjusted to fit over bulky clothing with leg loops that open so you don't have to step into the harness. Must have a BELAY LOOP. Do not bring a BD Alpine Bod Harness (it lacks a belay loop; needed for our Tyrolean traverse). Consider buying a new harness if yours is more than 5 years old.|
|[ ]||Ascenders: One ascender (must be the larger, full-handled size, to fit your gloved hand). Bring 30 feet of 8mm accessory cord if you have not rigged your gear yet (we can assist with this).|
|[ ]||Other Hardware/Material: Two large locking carabiners (i.e., Petzel Attache 3-D), two non-locking lightweight carabiners, one double-length (120cm) nylon runner/sling, 2 single length (60cm) slings (can also use for your camera, pack ditch/tether loop, or IF there's a need to prussik up a rope).|
|[ ]||FIGURE 8 rappel/descending device. REQUIRED. A BD ATC WILL NOT WORK ON THIS TRIP since some of the fixed ropes are too large.