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.

[  ]large size internal frame pack
[  ]ice ax (60-70 cm length is the most useful)
[  ]12 point crampons (must be reasonably sharp)
[  ]climbing harness
[  ]climbing hard hat is also REQUIRED
[  ]2 locking and 2 regular carabiners
[  ]sleeping bag (down or synthetic)
[  ]Thermarest pad
[  ]double climbing boots
[  ]gaiters
[  ]light weight hiking shoe
[  ]light hiking pants and shirt. Models made of Supplex nylon are nice
[  ]2 sets of wool socks
[  ]climbing pants
[  ]Gore-tex shell pants with full-length leg zippers
[  ]Gore-tex shell-type parka
[  ]light to medium weight insulated parka (down or synthetic)
[  ]polypropylene underwear - 2 tops and 1 bottom
[  ]soft shell or Wind Stopper fleece jacket
[  ]wool or fleece stocking hat
[  ]ski gloves
[  ]polypro gloves
[  ]warm mittens
[  ]bandanna and baseball cap
[  ]sun glasses AND ski goggles
[  ]suntan lotion and lip protection (SPF #15)
[  ]2 wide mouth water bottles (1 quart size) with insulated bottle covers
[  ]good size insulated mug with lid, bowl and spoon
[  ]good headlamp with 2 sets of new batteries
[  ]camera, extra batteries, and consider a small usb to share photos with teammates
[  ]light weight toilet articles and personal medications
[  ]personal first aid kit to include at least the following:
[  ] aspirin
[  ] antacids
[  ] moleskin
[  ] band aids
[  ] azithromycin ("Z-Pak") - required
[  ] Imodium - required
[  ] iodine crystals for water purification these are available at mountaineering stores as a product called Polar Pure or in pill form as a product called Potable Agua
[  ]adjustable ski poles
[  ]swim suit
[  ]pocket knife
[  ]3 very large plastic garbage bags
[  ]wrist watch with alarm (Splurge and get an altimeter watch from Suunto.)
[  ]toilet paper and small bottle of Purell

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)