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Vinson Massif Climb Antarctica  •  16,067'  •  4897m
Gear List

IMG Vinson Massif Climb Gear List

This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear for an Antarctic 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.

ItemExamples/Notes
[  ]Internal frame backpack (minimum 80L)Mountain Hardwear BMG 105 or Osprey Xenith 105
[  ]2 duffel bagsPatagonia Black Hole
[  ]Small carry-on/travel bagBlack Dimaond Blitz 28
[  ]Ice Axe (60-70 cm)Petzl Glacier or Black Diamond Raven
[  ]CramponsPetzl Vasak or Grivel G12's
[  ]Adjustable ski polesBlack Diamond Expedition 3
[  ]Climbing HarnessPetzl Altitude or Black Diamond Couloir
[  ]2 locking and 5 non-locking carabinersPetzl Attache and Spirit
[  ]1 JumarPetzl Ascension
[  ]30' 7mm Accessory cordBluewater
[  ]Sleeping bag rated between -20°F and -40°FWestern Mountaineering Bison GWS or Feathered Friends Peregrine EX -25°F
[  ]Inflatable sleeping padTherm-a-rest Neoair X-Therm
[  ]Closed cell foam padTherm-a-rest Z-Lite
[  ]Double climbing bootsLa Sportiva Spantik or Baruntse
[  ]Insulated overbootsForty Below Purple Haze-These are not necessary if using a triple all-in-one boot such as the La Sportiva Olympus Mons.
[  ]GaitersOR Crocodiles-These are not necessary if using a triple all-in-one boot such as the La Sportiva Olympus Mons.
[  ]Camp bootiesForty Below Camp Booties
[  ]3 sets of wool climbing socksSmartwool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer
[  ]Light hiking shirtOR Echo Tee
[  ]3 Pairs of synthetic underwearDealer's choice
[  ]2 sports bras (ladies)Patagonia Switchback Sports Bra
[  ]Light synthetic base layer for legs OR Alpine Onset
[  ]Expedition weight synthetic base layer for legsOR Radiant Hybrid Tights
[  ]Soft-shell climbing pantsOR Cirque
[  ]Waterproof Gore-Tex pants with full-length leg zippers OR Furio
[  ]Insulated climbing pantsBlack Diamond Stance Belay
[  ]2 Synthetic upper body base layersOR Echo Hoody
[  ]1 light weight insulating layerOR Uberlayer
[  ]1 medium weight insulating layerOR Transcendent Down Hoody
[  ]Soft-shell jacketOR Ferrosi Summit
[  ]Insulated parkaFeathered Friends Khumbu or similar
[  ]Waterproof Gore-Tex jacketOR Optimizer
[  ]Wool/fleece beanie hat OR Booster Beanie
[  ]Light weight glovesOR Stormtracker
[  ]Medium weight glovesOR Extravert
[  ]Heavy weight glovesOR Alti Glove or Black Diamond Guide Glove
[  ]MittensOR Alti Mitt
[  ]3 BuffsBuff Original
[  ]Sun hatOR Advocate Trucker
[  ]BalaclavaOR Ascendant Balaclava
[  ]Glacier glassesJulbo Explorer 2.0
[  ]GogglesSmith I/O
[  ]Sunscreen and lip balm (at least 30 spf)Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch
[  ]2 wide-mouth Nalgene water bottles1L bottles
[  ]2 water bottle insulating coversForty Below Bottle Boot
[  ]ThermosHydroflask
[  ]Pee bottleAn old Gatorade bottle works well.
[  ]Female Urination DeviceGo Girl
[  ]Cup, bowl and spoonLightweight and durable
[  ]1 LighterBic
[  ]CameraKeep it light, and bring spare batteries
[  ]ToiletriesToothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, Dr. Bronners soap, wet wipes
[  ]Ear plugs
[  ]Personal first aid kit:
  • High altitude and travel medications:
    • Acetazolamide (10 tablets @ 125mg)
    • Dexamethasone (4 tablets @ 4mg)
    • Nifedipine (2 tablets @ 30mg)
  • Azithromycin ("Z-Pak")
  • Aspirin
  • Antacids
  • Imodium
  • Advil
  • Moleskin or second skin for blisters
  • One roll of athletic tape
  • Band-aids
Consult with your doctor to acquire medications and to complete Form 5 in the application package.
[  ]Pocket knifeVictorinox Swiss Army Wenger
[  ]Water treatment tabsPotable Aqua
[  ]Small travel towelREI Multi Towel Lite
[  ]5 Large trash compactor bagsHefty Steel Sacks
[  ]Alarm wrist watchTreat yourself to a watch with an altimeter, Suunto Vector
[  ]Casual clothesMake sure to bring some comfortable clothes for hanging out and going out to dinner. Leave the black tie/dress at home, but classier attire is appropriate at some of the meals we will be having in Punta Arenas.

Note:  We are given an allowance of 50 lbs. per person for personal gear. This doesn't include the clothing that you'll be wearing when we get on the plane. When in doubt, bring it, and we can do additional sorting in Punta Arenas. Stay in close contact with me regarding all of your equipment choices. Start putting the gear together early and become very familiar with all your equipment. Please do not wait until the last minute, especially with your boots.
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