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Peru Trek with Chopicalqui Extension Gear List

This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear for the trek and optional climb. Most items are required; if you plan to leave something behind, please alert IMG before leaving it home, or better yet, bring it, and let's decide to take or leave it while in the hotel. 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 IMG to give you the best experience in Peru. Don't cut corners on the quality of your gear.

FOR THE TREK
FEET:
[  ]Medium to medium heavy weight waterproof hiking boots - with suitable ankle-high ankle support; make sure whatever you wear is broken in and very comfortable; if leather, treat the boot multiple times with waterproofing). If synthetic, treat with a waterproof boot spray. A favorite trekking boot includes the Boreal Hurricanes.
[  ]Wool or wool/synthetic blend socks (2-3 complete changes); Climbers: Please bring 2 more sets of fresh socks to use with your climbing boots.

LOWER BODY:
[  ]Long john bottoms (1 pair, lightweight wool or synthetic)
[  ]Underwear (2-3 pair for trail use)
[  ]Lightweight to medium weight stretch nylon hiking/soft shell climbing pants, Schoeller type fabric is preferred.
[  ]Hiking shorts (nylon hiking style is best. Best of all are the nylon zip-off hiking pants)
[  ]Waterproof/breathable pants (preferably with or full length side leg zips)
[  ]Lightweight full-length gaiters (needed on rainy days, and for hiking in tall-wet grass)
[  ]Lightweight synthetic insulated pants (optional; for camp use-the Outdoor Research "Neoplume" pants are very comfy and help retain heat while resting.)

UPPER BODY:
[  ]Long john top (1 lightweight- zip neck is best)
[  ]Soft shell or fleece jacket. Bring a second lightweight fleece, or vest, or Primaloft jacket.
[  ]Waterproof/breathable jacket with attached hood. Avoid zip-on or snap-on hoods.
[  ]Warm down or synthetic parka (reasonably light in weight)
[  ]T-shirt (synthetic is best)
[  ]Sun hoody or button-down sun shirt (optional)

HEAD AND HANDWEAR:
[  ]Synthetic or wool hat
[  ]Sun hat or baseball cap
[  ]Neck gaiter. Also consider a bandanna
[  ]Wool or fleece gloves
[  ]Ski Gloves: A warm insulated glove with leather palm (treat with waterproof tech spray)
[  ]Chemical hand warmers (2 sets for cold mornings. Climbers: Please bring an extra set of hand warmers for our summit climb day.

SLEEPING:
[  ]Sleeping bag (down or synthetic, down to 20 degrees, compression stuff bag)
[  ]Therm-a-Rest pad. IMG will provide a closed cell full-length foam pad (you'll use your Therm-a Rest and the pad for supreme comfort!)

MISCELLANEOUS:
[  ]Pack (medium size, internal frame, in the range of 45-60 liters. Top loading works best.) Climbers: Bring a medium size internal frame pack (60 liter capacity). This will work for the trek and the climb. Look for a pack which is comfortable to carry, light, and one which has a minimum number of bells and whistles.
[  ]Pack rain cover, to protect from mist and rain. (As an alternative, bring 2-3 large garbage bags for the same purpose)
[  ]Adjustable ski poles (please bring both; they are a great item to have when you're fatigued or need some extra help stepping up or down large rocks and other obstacles; also nice to have along if you twist an ankle)
[  ]Extra-large stuff sacks (2; for packing clothes and bulk of personal lunch; to keep things organized and dry in your duffle bag)
[  ]Medium stuff bag (for daily lunch; to be carried in your pack)
[  ]Sunglasses (1 pair dark pair; plus retainers, i.e. Chums). Extra eye glasses or contacts?
[  ]Sun cream (1 full bottle; 50+ SPF protection); Climbers: A small tube of sunscreen for climbing
[  ]Lip protection (with high SPF). Put your lip protection on a string and hang it from your neck; that way you'll use it. It also works great for your nose.
[  ]Include a small Swiss Army type utility knife. A Leatherman C4 or lighter is perfect.
[  ]Water bottles (2 wide mouth 1 qt. Nalgene type bottles; a water hydration system can substitute for one bottle)
[  ]Toilet paper (2 large rolls in zip-lock bag); plus personal hygiene wipes; Climbers: Add 1 more roll and some wipes.
[  ]Small hand sanitizer, plus a small plastic bottle of biodegradable liquid trail soap
[  ]Garbage bags (5-6 large, heavy duty; 30+ gal; use these to line your pack and all of your large stuff bags; it's an excellent way to keep your gear dry. At camps, put your boots in one. Extra bags are ALWAYS GOOD!)
[  ]Headlight (LED with fresh batteries, plus 1 spare set). Climbers: 1 additional extra set of headlight batteries
[  ]Potable Agua tablets for water purification (1 bottle of 50 tablets, or, Lightweight personal water purification device-make sure you know how to use it, and what it filters; must filter viruses and use iodine to be 100% effective. We will boil water each evening, and that usually suffices for most uses, but please treat your drinking water if inclined)
[  ]Personal items (for trek): Toothbrush & paste, small travel washcloth and towel. Small antiperspirant (optional). Only a small amount of lightweight personal items should be taken on the trek.
[  ]Day pack (highly recommended for air travel & general touring - lightweight with few frills, top loading is best). Leave at the hotel while on the trek; you won't need it on the trek.
[  ]Lunch (for on and off mountain, to supplement provided lunches). Please bring a variety of foods weighing in total no more than 4-5 lbs. You can supplement this some with local foods, candies, and fresh fruits. Lunch ideas include: string cheese, beef jerky, dried fruit, candy bars, energy bars, hard candies, nuts, electrolyte replacement drink mix (several quarts repackaged into a Ziploc bag), 4 quarts worth of performance powdered power drink mix for your harder days. Salty snacks are often appreciated. Climbers: Please bring 2-3 more pounds of lunch food, and add 2 more quarts of powdered drink mix. Note: Trekkers will be provided a small daily lunch bag by our cooks, which usually consists of a simple sandwich, piece of fruit, some cheese, sometimes a boiled egg, and a couple of candies.
[  ]First aid kit (To cover your personal needs only); Band-Aids, 1" roll of athletic tape, moleskin, non-prescription pain meds and anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil. Three inch wide Ace bandage. Cough drops (10). Pepto Bismol tablets are helpful for dealing with minor stomach distress. Imodium is an effective over the counter aid for diarrhea. Consult with you doctor about the trip and travel at altitude and bring any recommended prescription drugs in original prescription bottles.
[  ]Prescription Medications to Highly Consider:
  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; normal prescription is 125 mg twice per day. Don't bring the 500 mg tabs; they are not for altitude use.)
  4. Asthma medication, if any history
  5. For serious illness on high altitude expeditions/long high altitude treks, standard treatment protocol is immediate descent and if necessary: Nifedipine for Pulmonary Edema (we suggest 30mg time release tablets — bring a couple tablets), and Dexamethasone for cerebral edema (bring a few 4mg tablets)
  6. Avoid sleeping pills of any kind while on the trek or trek extension.
[  ]Passport/Visa. United States and Canadian citizen will be provided a visa upon entry. Other citizens should check the Peruvian Consulate website for information about their visa requirements.
[  ]International shot record
[  ]Money ($250 for the local staff tips, plus $300-500 for misc.; drinks, some meals, travel, and gifts. Bring some smaller bills, a couple of $5's and some $10's to help make the tip division easy, the rest in $20 works well) ATM's are available in Huaraz. Climbers: Please bring another $150 for the local tip pool-for the add-on portion of the trip.
[  ]Make sure all your US bills are in good shape, of the NEW STYLE, with no tears, ink markings or excess wear.
[  ]Credit cards (be sure to notify your card company you'll be using it out of country prior to departure on your trip; bring a second credit card as back-up)
[  ]Money belt/neck pouch
[  ]Running/tennis shoes/low-top trekking shoes (use as travel and camp shoes)
[  ]Flip-flops/Chacos (hotel use and camp)
[  ]Socks; cotton or synthetic, for travel (3)
[  ]Small bag of liquid biodegradable soap (for clothes; take this on the trek, too)
[  ]Underwear (3-4)
[  ]Toiletries for travel (be sure to keep it light here). Cotton pants or synthetic travel pants (2)
[  ]Dress shirts (1-2)
[  ]T-shirts or short sleeve travel shirts (2-3)
[  ]Large duffel bag (to fit trekking pack and other gear during air travel, and during the trek this duffel bag will be used to contain your sleeping bag and extra gear-which is carried on a mule. Don't forget a small TSA combination lock)
[  ]Second large duffel bag (for air travel and to store gear at hotel; TSA lock)
[  ]Ear plugs (2-3 pair; for air travel and sleeping while camping)

OPTIONAL:
[  ]Diary, pen and pencil
[  ]IPod or portable music player. Consider bringing a small solar panel to charge your player.
[  ]Books. Plan on doing some trading/sharing!
[  ]Camera(s), extra storage media cards and extra batteries
[  ]Binoculars, smaller style
[  ]4 Legged lightweight chair (for camp use). The lightweight ones weigh about a pound.
[  ]Thumb drive for swapping pictures.

Climbers, please add the following gear:
[  ]Double Climbing Boots with expedition liners. Make sure your crampons are adjusted to fit them! Some single boots may be sufficient for the climb, BUT please run this past your lead IMG guide. Your boots may require an overboot; it can be very cold on the summit climb! A boot similar to the Boreal Khangri or Latoks, La Sportiva Batura or the Scarpa Phantom Guide may work for some (they are insulated single boots). Make sure you train and climb with your boots prior to the trip.
[  ]If you bring a single boot, please bring a low-boot-top style "Forty Below" brand overboot for the summit day. Our pace is measured and slow on the summit day, and the snow is often deep and cold, so keeping your feet warm at 6,000 meters is important. If you bring overboots, you may/may not need regular gaiters-depending on how high your overboots are.
[  ]Climbers may need to bring another pair or larger gaiters, to fit their climbing boots-if trekking gaiters do not fit both pair of boots. It's very common to have deep snow on Chopi, and gaiters are likely needed in the conditions we'll experience.
[  ]Second neck gaiter (or balaclava)
[  ]Ice Axe: A 60 cm length is probably the most useful length. Bring a light weight axe with a pick that will stick easily in hard glacier ice. Attach a light weight wrist leash that is usable for climbing steeper terrain. A lightweight aluminum ice axe IS NOT THE BEST CHOICE for this trip.
[  ]Second ice tool with a hammer head, 45-55 cm.
[  ]12 point Crampons: These must be sharp and must fit your boot perfectly.
[  ]Climbing Harness: Make sure the buckle is easy to thread in cold conditions! Gear loops will be useful for this trip as well as adjustable leg loops. Make sure your harness is NOT more than 5-years old; if so, buy a new lightweight one.
[  ]Climbing Helmet: Required. Be sure you can comfortably fit a warm hat underneath.
[  ]Hardware: Bring 4 locking and 3 lightweight regular carabiners. It is helpful if at least two of the locking carabiners has a "key gate", like the Petzl Attache.
[  ]Mechanical ascender for ascending fixed rope.
[  ]Other gear: One 48" x 1" NYLON sewn loop; one 24" SPECTRA sewn loop. Please also bring 20' of 7 mm Perlon; we will tie some other loops in our hotel that will be used on the climb.
[  ]For rappelling, the Black Diamond ATC Guide is a good choice since it can handle ropes from 7.7mm to 11mm. Let your lead guide know if you plan to bring something else.
[  ]Avalanche Transceiver: an avalanche transceiver may be required for your climb. If you are providing your own beacon, it must meet industry standards. IMG will make the decision based on current conditions for your upcoming climb. *available for rent from IMG.*
[  ]Eating utensils: Bring a lightweight mug, a decent sized lightweight bowl, and spoon. It is nice to have a small stuff sack OR ZIPLOCK bag to keep them clean. Consider taking just a large mug to be used for drinking and eating out of, to save weight. Or, consider one of the flat "Fish" bowls that can also serve dual purpose for those wanting to save more weight.
[  ]Mittens: Fleece mittens with an over mitten. Nothing compares with a mitten for warmth at higher altitudes. Chances are you won't need them, but these could be critical if you get cold during the summit climb.

Review your gear with the concept that you will go on two separate trips

Make sure you've got enough gear for both trips (i.e., supplemental lunch food, batteries, fresh socks, etc). Some of these items have been noted above, but it may not be inclusive for your needs. Not sure if you should bring it? Bring it to Huaraz, and we can sort it out there.

Clothing Notes

Easy-wash travel clothing is convenient, as are jeans and non-flashy shirts. Cotton for trail use is generally DISCOURAGED. Avoid bright colors or super flashy clothing that mark you as a tourist. Huaraz is "tourist and mountain friendly" so being a tourist doesn't create any problems-but it's a good idea to dress-down, nonetheless. Avoid skimpy clothing or short shorts so we don't offend the locals.

Gear Donations

We like to encourage our Peru trekkers and climbers to bring along some of their used and close-to-worn-out-gear and clothing on this trip. This gear can then be donated to our local guides and staff after the trek-and make your bag lighter for your flight home. Appropriate items include long underwear tops and bottoms, fleeces clothing, trekking pants, socks, gloves and mittens, outerwear, gaiters, and other clothing items that you've used during your trip but you no longer need-or want. This token is not expected by us or our local staff, but it is a good way to "unload" some of your older gear that you no longer need or want and help out someone who can put it to good use. Extra trek food can also be left for the Peruvian staff after the trek and climb.

We certainly don't want to overwhelm our local staff, and your guides will help coordinate the donation so that all are treated fairly. Our local contacts certainly appreciate anything you can give them, but please don't make any promises along the way.

Lastly mark all personal gear including water bottles clearly in indelible ink with your name, or wrap colored tape around your bottles (or use a sticker). Check the condition of your gear and be sure to test new pieces of equipment thoroughly.

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