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Mountaineering Gear Checklist

Mount Everest? Rainier? Before you go, tick off each of these items for your expedition.

by: The Backpacker Editors

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  • sun hat
  • personal locator beacon (optional)
  • bandanna
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Jack
Apr 01, 2014

Ass

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poop
Mar 06, 2014

wat to do wehn im in pain and in a avalanch with poop

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julien
Mar 06, 2014

hi

D Diaz
Mar 22, 2012

Here's a great interactive checklist and pack-weight calculator app that can be a valuable tool:

http://www.weighmygear.com

pjo
Mar 20, 2012

I second the pot and booze!!!

Chuck Norris
Dec 21, 2010

no marijuana? or alcohol? what kinda hike is this??

Bob Rent
Sep 22, 2010

You can actually edit this checklist and discuss changes on expertchecklists: http://expertchecklists.com/checklists/61

Eric Nelson
May 18, 2010

As I read all the comments it is apparent that what really matters is season, route and duration. A summer climb up Long's Peak or Mt. Whitney does not require most of the extreme cold weather items or more than basic climbing gear if you start in the early morning and do the whole thing in one day. But even a summer climb up Mt. Rainier or Gannett Peak requires most of these items. I actually like the two matresses in weather below 20 degrees F. And I always use down clothing and bag. I am just careful about how I pack it and use it in my tent. If size and warmth to weight ratio matter, then down is the only choice. Of course, in winter conditions one needs at least a 5500+CI/80+L pack. All that clothing takes up a lot of space!

Josh D.
Feb 07, 2010

Mr. Schmidt,
You are correct that air is an excellent insulator against conduction. However, large air spaces lose heat as the air moves around (this is called convection). Closed cell foam pad keep lots of small isolated air spaces that provide better insulation by preventing convection. Cheers.

D. Schmidt
Jan 03, 2010

Chris, what do you mean by "as in air does not insulate?" Air is the best insulator know to man. Why post a comment in complete ignorance.
It's a good checklist, modify for what you actually need.

Chris Evans
Dec 30, 2009

Why two sleeping pads? C'mon people...the closed cell foam (thin...almost weightless) is insulation from the cold hard ground or snow and the inflatable mattress is about the comfort. A lot of self-inflating matresses have a low R-value as in air does not insulate. There is an alternative tho'. Try an insulated inflatable mat like tha Exped Downmat or a similar one by Big Agnes

Chris Evans
Dec 30, 2009

Why two sleeping pads? C'mon people...the closed cell foam (thin...almost weightless) is insulation from the cold hard ground or snow and the inflatable mattress is about the comfort. A lot of self-inflating matresses have a low R-value as in air does not insulate. There is an alternative tho'. Try an insulated inflatable mat like tha Exped Downmat or a similar one by Big Agnes

Jeff D
Dec 30, 2009

Ok, I'm a Gear Guy, but.. How the heck do you carry all this stuff? I really want to know. Not a rhetorical question. Start with Pack size, essentials, weight? I'd like to know what it really takes to top, say, Mt. Hood in the summer. Thanks. JD

Brooks A. Mick
Dec 29, 2009

Why is "camp footwear" listed twice?

Jeff D
Dec 29, 2009

Ok, I'm a Gear Guy, but.. How the heck do you carry all this stuff? I really want to know. Not a rhetorical question. Start with Pack size, essentials, weight? I'd like to know what it really takes to top, say, Mt. Hood in the summer. Thanks. JD

Mark Griffith
Dec 29, 2009

The waterproof overmitts are not optional on Rainier, it can get cold cold cold and you really want them to keep your hands warm.

Todd
Dec 29, 2009

"Compass or GPS" should read: "Compass and Map (GPS & Batteries (optional))"

David Knapp
Dec 29, 2009

A pee bottle makes using a hammock a lot more convenient too.

josh hardt
Dec 29, 2009

cold cold world and other high end packs employ a foam frame that can be removed for bivy situations or combined with another pad for no extra weight.

Scoutmaster Eric
Dec 29, 2009

I'm pretty sure they meant this sleeping pad or that sleeping pad. Although two does sound really comfy. I was more shocked by the last item. You know how many trips I've spent wondering if it was worth getting dressed and going to find a spot to relieve myself. What a great idea!

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