Mexico Volcanoes Orizaba (18,880')  •  Ixtaccihuatl (17,338')
Gear List

IMG Mexico Volcanoes 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.

Required Gear
[  ]Internal frame mountaineering backpack (minimum 60L)
[  ]2 duffel bags
[  ]Small carry-on/travel bag
[  ]Ice Axe (60-70 cm)
[  ]Crampons
[  ]Adjustable ski poles
[  ]Climbing Harness
[  ]Climbing Helmet
[  ]1 locking and 1 non-locking carabiner
[  ]Sleeping bag rated between 10°F and 20°F<
[  ]Inflatable sleeping pad
[  ]Double climbing boots
[  ]Gaiters
[  ]Light hiking shoes or boots
[  ]2 sets of wool hiking socks
[  ]2 sets of wool mountaineering socks
[  ]Light hiking shirt
[  ]Light hiking shorts and pants
[  ]2 Pairs of synthetic underwear
[  ]2 sports bras
[  ]Synthetic base layer for legs (long underwear)
[  ]Soft-shell climbing pants
[  ]Waterproof Gore-Tex pants with full-length leg zippers
[  ]2 Synthetic upper body base layers
[  ]1 or 2 medium weight insulating layers
[  ]Soft-shell jacket
[  ]Medium weight insulated parka
[  ]Waterproof Gore-Tex jacket
[  ]Wool/fleece beanie hat that fits under your helmet
[  ]Light weight gloves
[  ]Medium weight gloves
[  ]Heavy weight gloves/mitts
[  ]2 Buffs
[  ]Glacier glasses
[  ]Goggles
[  ]Sunscreen and lip balm (at least 30 spf)
[  ]2 wide-mouth 1L Nalgene water bottles
[  ]2 water bottle insulating covers
[  ]Plastic cup, bowl and spoon (lightweight and durable)
[  ]Headlamp with extra batteries
[  ]Camera (keep it light, and bring spare batteries)
[  ]Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand sanitizer, Dr. Bronner's
[  ]Personal first aid kit:
  • High altitude and travel meds:
    • Acetazolamide (8 tablets @ 125mg)
    • Dexamethasone (4 tablets @ 4mg)
    • Nifedipine (2 tablets @ 30mg)
    • Azithromycin ("Z-Pak")
  • Aspirin
  • Antacids
  • Imodium
  • Moleskin or second skin for blisters
  • One roll of athletic tape

Consult with your doctor to acquire medications and to complete Form 5 in the application package.

[  ]3 Large plastic compactor bags (we will use these to line our backpacks and duffels to protect our gear from precipitation.)
[  ]Pocket knife
[  ]Alarm wrist watch
[  ]Casual clothes: There is down-time in between climbs. Make 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.