Ecuador Volcanoes Cayambe (18,990'), Antisana (18,714'), Chimborazo
Gear List

IMG Ecuador Volcanoes 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.

[  ]Internal frame backpack (minimum 60L)
[  ]Ice axe (60-70 cm length is most useful)
[  ]Crampons
[  ]Adjustable ski poles
[  ]Climbing harness
[  ]Climbing hard hat
[  ]1 locking and 1 non-locking carabiner
[  ]Sleeping bag (down or synthetic) rated between 0°F and +10°F
[  ]Inflatable sleeping pad
[  ]Double climbing boots
[  ]Gaiters
[  ]Light hiking shoes
[  ]2 Sets of wool socks
[  ]Light hiking shirt
[  ]Light hiking shorts and/or pants
[  ]2 Pairs of synthetic underpants
[  ]Synthetic base layer for legs (long underwear, long johns, etc.)
[  ]Soft-shell climbing pants
[  ]Gore-tex wind/snow shell pant with full-length leg zipper
[  ]2 synthetic upper body base layers
[  ]1 or 2 upper body mid-layer (soft shell, light synthetic jacket, etc.)
[  ]Gore-tex wind/snow shell jacket
[  ]Medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)
[  ]Wool or fleece stocking hat
[  ]Light synthetic glove
[  ]Medium weight ski gloves
[  ]Heavy gloves or mittens with built-in liners
[  ]Buff
[  ]Sunglasses and ski goggles
[  ]Sunscreen (at least 15 SPF) and lip salve
[  ]2 wide-mouth Nalgene water bottles (at least 1 insulated bottle cover)
[  ]Plastic bowl, mug and spoon
[  ]Headlamp with 2 sets of fresh batteries
[  ]Camera, extra battery, memory cards for trading photos with team-mates
[  ]Personal first aid kit:
[  ] high altitude medications including acetazolamide, dexamethasone and nifedipine
[  ] aspirin
[  ] antacids
[  ] moleskin
[  ] band aids
[  ] azithromycin ("Z-Pak")
[  ] Imodium
[  ] light weight toilet articles and personal medications
[  ] iodine crystals for water purification
[  ]Toilet paper and small bottle of hand sanitizer
[  ]1 large plastic bag
[  ]Pocket knife
[  ]Alarm wrist watch (splurge and buy a watch with an altimeter)
[  ]Casual clothes for down-time between climbs including a bathing suit