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Aconcagua Climb Argentina • 22,840' • 6962m
Gear List

IMG Aconcagua Climb 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.

ItemExamples/Notes
[  ]Internal Frame Mountaineering BackpackMinimum 80L
[  ]2 duffel bagsPatagonia Black Hole, 120L
[  ]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
[  ]Climbing HelmetBlack Diamond Half Dome
[  ]1 locking and 1 non-locking carabinerPetzl Attache and Spirit
[  ]Sleeping bag rated between 0F and -20°FFeathered Friends Widgeon EX -10°F
[  ]Inflatable sleeping padTherm-a-rest Neoair X-Therm
[  ]Closed cell foam padTherm-a-rest Z-Lite
[  ]Double climbing bootsLa Sportiva Spantik or Baruntse
[  ]GaitersOR Crocodiles
[  ]Light hiking shoes or bootsLa Sportiva Lycan GTX
[  ]Sandals for river wadingChaco Classic
[  ]3 sets of wool climbing socksSmartwool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer
[  ]3 sets of light hiking socksSmartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini
[  ]Light hiking shirtOR Echo Tee
[  ]Light hiking shorts and pantsOR Equinox (men) or Ferrosi (women)
[  ]4 Pairs of synthetic underwearDealer's choice
[  ]2 sports bras (ladies)Patagonia Switchback Sports Bra
[  ]Synthetic base layer for legs (long underwear)OR Alpine Onset
[  ]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 or 2 medium weight insulating layersOR Uberlayer
[  ]Soft-shell jacketOR Ferrosi Summit
[  ]Insulated parkaFeathered Friends Khumbu or similar
[  ]Waterproof Gore-Tex jacketOR Optimizer
[  ]Wool/fleece beanie hat that fits under your helmetOR Booster Beanie
[  ]Light weight glovesOR Stormtracker
[  ]Medium weight glovesOR Extravert
[  ]Heavy weight glovesOR Alti Mitt or Black Diamond Guide Glove
[  ]3 BuffsBuff Original
[  ]Sun hatOR Advocate Trucker
[  ]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
[  ]Plastic cup, bowl and spoonLightweight and durable
[  ]Headlamp with extra batteriesPetzl Actik
[  ]CameraKeep it light, and bring spare batteries
[  ]ToiletriesToothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, Dr. Bronners soap
[  ]Ear plugs
[  ]Personal first aid kit:
  • High altitude and travel medications:
    • Acetazolamide (14 tablets @ 125mg)
    • Dexamethasone (4 tablets @ 4mg)
    • Nifedipine (2 tablets @ 30mg)
  • Two regimens of the antibiotic azithromycin ("Z-Pak") (required)
  • Aspirin
  • Antacids
  • Imodium
  • Moleskin or second skin for blisters
  • One roll of athletic tape
  • Band-aids
Consult with your doctor to acquire high altitude medications and to complete Form 5 in the application package.
[  ]Iodine for water purificationPotable Aqua
[  ]Pocket knifeVictorinox Swiss Army Wenger
[  ]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 Mendoza. Don't forget a bathing suit and flip flops.
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