International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Mexico Volcanoes

Orizaba (18,880')  •  Ixtaccihuatl (17,338')

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IMG Mexico 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.

[  ]LARGE size internal frame pack
[  ]ice ax (60-70 cm length is the most useful)
[  ]12 pt. crampons (must be reasonably sharp)
[  ]climbing harness
[  ]climbing hard hat is also REQUIRED
[  ]2 locking and 2 regular carabiners
[  ]sleeping bag (down or synthetic)
[  ]Thermarest pad
[  ]double climbing boots
[  ]gaiters
[  ]light hiking shoes
[  ]two sets of wool socks
[  ]light hiking shirt
[  ]light hiking shorts and/or pants
[  ]climbing pants
[  ]Gore-tex wind/snow pants with full-length leg zippers
[  ]Gore-tex wind/snow shell-type parka
[  ]light to medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)
[  ]polypropylene underwear -- 2 tops and 1 bottom
[  ]soft-shell or Wind Stopper fleece jacket
[  ]wool or fleece stocking hat
[  ]ski gloves
[  ]polypro gloves
[  ]warm mittens
[  ]bandana
[  ]sunglasses AND ski goggles
[  ]suntan lotion (at least #15 protection factor) and lip salve
[  ]2 wide mouth plastic water bottles (1 insulated cover suggested)
[  ]plastic bowl, mug with lid and spoon
[  ]good headlamp with 2 sets of batteries (flashlight is not sufficient)
[  ]Camera and extra battery
[  ]personal first aid kit to include at least the following:
[  ] aspirin
[  ] antacids
[  ] moleskin
[  ] band aids
[  ] Ciprofloxacin
[  ] Imodium
[  ] light weight toilet articles and personal medications
[  ] iodine crystals for water purification these are available at mountaineering stores as a product called Polar Pure or in pill form as a product called Potable Agua
[  ]toilet paper and small bottle of Purell
[  ]3 large plastic garbage bags
[  ]pocket knife
[  ]alarm wrist watch (Splurge and get an altimeter watch from Suunto.)
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Recommended Gear

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~Jim P.
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