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Mount Everest Expedition Equipment List
- Ice Axe w/Leash. General mountaineering tool.
- Crampons. With “step in” bindings and flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails anti balling plates OK.
- Alpine climbing harness. Harness should fit over all clothing.
- Carabiners (3) Locking; (3) Regular.
- Ascender (1). One right or one left.
- Rappel/Belay device.
- Prussiks. Or bring 40 feet of flexible 6mm perlon to make into prussic.
- Adjustable 3 Section Ski or Trekking poles. Optional Footwear
- Light hiking boots or trekking shoes. For day hikes and trek to Base Camp.
- Tennis shoes or low top shoes. For international travel and town days.
- Optional.Booties. Optional.
- Camp Boots. Optional. Insulated boot for Base Camp.
- Double Plastic Climbing Boots w/ altitude liners. Good quality plastic shells with inner boots. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks.
- Fully Insulated Overboots.
- Trekking Socks. 3 pair.
- Wool or Synthetic Socks. 4 pair heavyweight wool or
- Synthetic socks.
- Liner Socks. 4 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin.
- Vapor barrier socks. Optional. Helps reduce moisture buildup in your boots
- Lightweight Long Underwear. 2-3 pair bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton.
- Heavyweight Long Underwear. 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. (Alternative: a one-piece suit)
- Lightweight Nylon Pants. 1 -2 pairs.
- Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt. 1-2 pairs.
- Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket. with full-zip.
- Insulated Synthetic Pants. Full separating side zippers.
- Down Pants. To fit over insulation layers.
- Expedition Down Parka. Fully Baffled, Expedition Weight, have good hood.
- Insulated Synthetic Jacket. Optional.
- Hard Shell jacket w/ hood. against wind and rain.
- Hard Shell Pants. Waterproof, breathable. Full length side zippers preferred.
- Lightweight Synthetic gloves. 1 pair. Should fit comfortably inside mitts or gloves. Lighter capilene preferred.
- Heavyweight Synthetic/Soft Shell gloves. 1 pair. Wind stopper.
- Expedition Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liners. 1 pair
- Expedition Shell Mitts. 1 pair.
- Hand warmers and Toe Warmers: Bring 3 sets of each.
- Headlamp. Bring plenty of spare bulbs & batteries.
- Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around). 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use.
- Baseball cap/sun hat. 1 pair with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes.
- Ski Goggles, 1 pair. 100% UV & IR.
- Balaclava. (1) Heavyweight, (1) Lightweight.
- Bandanas (2).
- eoprene face mask. Optional
- Expedition Backpack. 3,500 - 4,000 cu. in.
- Trekking Backpack. 2,000 - 2,500 cu. in. (Optional)
- Sleeping Bag. (Expedition quality rated to at least -40°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight.
- Sleeping Bag. (Expedition quality rated to at least -20°F). A second bag for Base Camp.
- Self Inflating pads (2). Two 3/4 or full length pads. One for use at basecamp and one for camps higher on the moutain.
- Closed-Cell foam pad. Full length closed cell is recommended, used while staying at camps higher than base camp.
- Cooking Gear: Cup: 16oz. plastic insulated mug with snap-on lid.
- Spoon: Good quality tough plastic.
- Bowl: Plastic Tupperware type with 2-3 cup capacity and lid.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes.
- Lip screen. SPF 20 or better, at least 2 sticks.
- Water Bottles: 2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle.
- Water Bottle parkas for the big bottles.
- Pee Bottle (1 Liter). Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle for use in tent.
- Pee Funnel (for women).
- Camp Knife or Multi Tool. Medium sized.
- Thermos. 1 Liter capacity.
- Trash Compactor bags (4).
- Camera gear. Optional.
- Compression Stuff Sacks. Especially for sleeping bags and clothing.
- 2 Large duffle bags w/ travel locks. Used for transporting your gear.
- Base Camp Items. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions.
- Travel Clothes. A set of clean clothes is nice to have to change into after the trip.
- Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medica-tions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb
- Drugs/Medications/Prescriptions. Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirpro¬floxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin,Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.