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Elbrus Climb Russia  •  18,510'  •  5642m  •  Highest Peak in Europe
Gear List

IMG Elbrus Climb Gear List

This equipment list is meant to help you compile your personal gear specifically for our Elbrus 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 anything. Despite the reputation Elbrus has as one of the more straight-forward of the Seven Summits, the weather on summit day can be severe, cold and challenging. Cutting corners on your gear can have significant impacts on your summit experience and chances. We're happy to help you make selection and purchase decisions as you pull together the list below.

ItemExamples/Notes
[  ]Climbing Backpack, minimum 40LCiloGear Worksack 40 or Black Diamond Speed 40
[  ]2 duffel bagsPatagonia Black Hole or North Face Expedition Duffle
[  ]Small carry-on/travel bagJansport Hatchet Backpack
[  ]Ice Axe (50-60cm)Petzl Glacier or Black Diamond Raven
[  ]CramponsPetzl Vasak or Grivel G12's
[  ]Adjustable trekking polesBlack Diamond Trail
[  ]Lightweight 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 for 20°F or lowerMarmot Sawtooth or comparable
[  ]Inflatable sleeping padTherm-a-rest NeoAir
[  ]Double mountaineering bootsLa Sportiva G2 SM or Scarpa Phantom 6000
[  ]Gaiters (optional if wearing boots w/ integrated gaiter)OR Crocodiles
[  ]Light hiking shoesLa Sportiva Lycan GTX
[  ]2 sets of wool socks (fit these well with your climbing boots)Smartwool PhD Outdoor Mountaineer
[  ]Short sleeve lightweight hiking shirtOR Echo Tee
[  ]Long sleeve lightweight hiking shirtOR Echo Tee
[  ]Light hiking shorts
[  ]Light hiking pantsOR Equinox (men) or Ferrosi (women)
[  ]2 Pairs of synthetic underwear
[  ]2 sports bras (ladies)Patagonia Switchback Sports Bra
[  ]Synthetic base layer for legs (long underwear)OR Alpine Onset
[  ]Soft-shell climbing pants (medium weight soft shell)OR Cirque
[  ]Waterproof Gore-Tex pants with full-length leg zippersOR Furio
[  ]2 Synthetic upper body base layersOR Echo Hoody
[  ]1 or 2 medium weight insulating layersOR Uberlayer or Patagonia NanoAir
[  ]Soft-shell jacketOR Ferrosi Summit
[  ]Heavy weight insulated parka (must have hood)Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Jacket or similar warmth parka
[  ]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 Glove or Mitten
[  ]BuffOriginal
[  ]Glacier glassesJulbo Explorer
[  ]GogglesSmith I/O
[  ]Sunscreen and lip balm (at least 30 spf)Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch
[  ]2 wide-mouth Nalgene water bottles1L bottles (Camelbak style bladders are not an acceptable substitute for the climb but will work for acclimatization days)
[  ]Water bottle insulating sleeves
[  ]Headlamp with extra batteriesBlack Diamond Spot
[  ]CameraKeep it light and bring spare batteries or a power bank and cords for recharging
[  ]Power outlet adaptors huts have outlets for charging
[  ]ToiletriesToothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, etc
[  ]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.
[  ]2 Large plastic compactor bagsWe will use this to line our backpacks to protect our gear from precipitation.
[  ]Pocket knifeVictorinox Swiss Army Wenger
[  ]Alarm wrist watchideally an altimeter watch (Casio and Suunto make nice models)
[  ]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.
[  ]Bathing suitfor the Russian saunas

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)
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