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The Denali Test: Gear for America’s Highest, Coldest Peak

Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.

Baselayer | Midlayer | Headwear | Puffy Jacket | Pants | Stove | Tent | Snowshoes | Sunglasses | Sleeping Bag

Headwear
Outdoor Research WS Gorilla

When the mercury plunges and winds howl on McKinley, you need a full-coverage, windproof face mask. This Windstopper balaclava closes with an easily adjustable Velcro neck wrap, and the nose/cheek mask is removable. The versatility was welcome on summit day–when temperatures swung radically depending on sun and wind exposure. Tip: Cut out the mesh mouth cover for better gasping. $50; 3.1 oz. (M); unisex S-L. outdoorresearch.com. Reader service #109

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