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Backpacking Gear Checklists

Mountaineering Gear Checklist

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

Clothing

Outerwear

  • waterproof/breathable jacket
  • waterproof/breathable pants
  • insulated parka
  • fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • fleece pants (optional)
  • waterproof gaiters
  • synthetic hiking pants
  • synthetic shorts

Base Layer

  • midweight long john top
  • midweight long john bottoms
  • long sleeve T-shirt
  • synthetic briefs
  • synthetic sports bra
  • synthetic T-shirt

Accessories

  • wool or fleece hat
  • synthetic liner gloves
  • balaclava
  • midweight wool or fleece gloves
  • waterproof overmitts (optional)

Footwear

  • camp footwear (optional)
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • camp footwear (optional)
  • wool or synthetic socks (3)
  • liner socks (2)

Extras

  • sun hat
  • personal locator beacon (optional)
  • bandanna

Gear

Mountaineering Specific Gear

  • internal frame pack
  • mountaineering boots
  • hinged 12-point crampons
  • mountaineering axe (70cm)
  • climbing harness
  • climbing helmet
  • belay/rappel device
  • prussik slings or mechanical ascenders
  • sewn runners
  • daisy chains
  • avalanche transceiver (optional)
  • avalanche probe (optional)
  • lightweight avalanche shovel (optional)
  • climbing ropes
  • protection hardware (nuts, screws, etc.)
  • ski goggles (optional)
  • glacier glasses

Other Gear

  • convertible or four-season tent
  • down sleeping bag (-30° to 20°F)
  • inflatable sleeping pad
  • closed-cell foam sleeping pad
  • trekking poles
  • white gas stove and fuel bottles
  • lighter and waterproof matches
  • cookset
  • eating utensils, bowl, and insulated mug
  • headlamp w/extra batteries and bulb
  • 32 oz. water bottles (2)
  • water bottle parkas (2)
  • water treatment (filter, tablets, or drops)
  • pocket knife or multitool
  • compass or GPS (and map)
  • sunglasses
  • first-aid kit with personal medications
  • chemical heat packs
  • personal locator beacon (optional)
  • stuff sacks
  • assorted zipper-lock bags
  • bear-bagging rope (or canister)
  • insect repellent (optional)
  • mesh head net or suit
  • sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • lip balm (SPF 15+)
  • toilet paper and trowel
  • pee bottle