Elbrus Climb Russia  •  18,481'  •  5633m  •  Highest Peak in Europe
Gear List

IMG Elbrus 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.

[  ]Internal frame backpack Minimum 60L
[  ]2 duffel bagsPatagonia Black Hole
[  ]Small carry-on/travel bagJansport Hatchet Backpack
[  ]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 0°F and +10°FMarmot Never Summer
[  ]Inflatable sleeping padTherm-a-rest Neoair X-Therm
[  ]Double climbing bootsLa Sportiva Spantik or Baruntse
[  ]GaitersOR Crocodiles
[  ]Light hiking shoes or bootsLa Sportiva Lycan GTX
[  ]2 sets of wools socksSmartwool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer
[  ]Light hiking shirtOR Echo Tee
[  ]Light hiking shorts and pantsOR Equinox (men) or Ferrosi (women)
[  ]2 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
[  ]2 Synthetic upper body base layersOR Echo Hoody
[  ]1 or 2 medium weight insulating layersOR Uberlayer
[  ]Soft-shell jacketOR Ferrosi Summit
[  ]Medium weight insulated parkaOR Floodlight Down
[  ]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
[  ]BuffBuff Original
[  ]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
[  ]Plastic cup, bowl and spoonLightweight and durable
[  ]Headlamp with extra batteriesPetzl Actik
[  ]CameraKeep it light, and bring spare batteries
[  ]ToiletriesToothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer
[  ]Personal first aid kit:
  • High altitude medications: Acetazolamide (14 tablets @125mg), Dexamethasone (4 tablets @4mg), Nifedepine (2 tablets @30mg), Azithromycin (required)
  • Aspirin
  • Antacids
  • Imodium
  • Moleskin or second skin for blisters
  • One roll of athletic tape
Consult with your doctor to acquire high altitude medications and to complete Form 5 in the application package.
[  ]3 Large plastic compactor bagsWe will use this to line our backpacks to protect our gear from precipitation.
[  ]Pocket knifeVictorinox Swiss Army Wenger
[  ]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 restaurants where we will be dining. Don't forget a bathing suit.

Ski Expedition Climbers will also need:
[  ]skis and bindings with touring mode (preferably Dynafit)
[  ]instead of double climbing boots: AT or telemark boots (must have walk mode)
[  ]climbing skins
[  ]ski crampons
[  ]avalanche transceiver
[  ]avalanche probe
[  ]collapsible shovel
[  ]day pack (with ski attachment points)