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14er Gear List

January, 2011

This is a tried and true compilation; a summer ascent of Blanca Peak succeeded based on this list. A lot of necessary, or just great stuff for climbing and other outdoor adventures. Not included in this list are snow and ice gear.

10 essential items that no climber should be without

  • Map.
  • Compass.
  • Water.
  • Water purifier.
  • food.
  • Extra Food.
  • Rain Gear, extra clothing.
  • Firestarter and matches.
  • First aid kit.
  • Army knife or multi-purpose tool.
  • Flashlight and extra bulbs.
  • Mobile phone. Use the text messager to save battery power and have a better chance to reach the recipients in areas of poor coverage.
  • Sun screen and sun glasses. lip protection

Recommend Driza-bone authentic oilskin hats and jackets 
from Australia.  See www.hatsdirect.com  
  • layers for insulation, weather-proofing; prepare for high winds. Capilene Base from Patagonia gets my layering recommendation for any outdoor sports activity.
  • Tent
  • Guidebook
  • climbing rope (need and type depend on route)
  • stove, food, fuel, cooking equipment etc.
  • Backpack: Internal frame 5,500 cu. in. minimum; external frame 4,500cu. in. minimum.
  • Extra tie-down straps for the backpack
  • Pack rain cover (or use a garbage bag)
  • Lightweight, fully waterproof poncho can add to your rain protection if your outer layer is not 100% waterproof - many are not.
  • Sleeping bag: Synthetic or down rated to 20 degrees minimum
  • Sleeping bag liner can help keep it clean and give it an additional 1-5 degrees of warmth.
  • Sleeping pad: 3/4 or full length closed-cell foam pad
  • Bring extra moleskin, Second Skin, Compeed (or similar), plus tape, and watch out for blisters!
  • Small daypack: 2000-3000 cu in. minimum for summit attempt. Fanny pack also a consideration.
  • Insulated parka is required-down or synthetic fill, rated to 10 degrees F. See the Wind Chill Matrix to prepare for potential windy environments.
  • Midweight fleece jacket and/or wool sweaters (2 garments)
  • Long-sleeve, for insect/sun protection
  • Nylon pants
  • Pile or wool pants
  • Midweight long underwear top and bottom-synthetic fabric, not cotton
  • Down or fleece vest (optional)
  • Lightweight long underwear top and bottom
  • Synthetic, wicking T-shirt
  • Hiking shorts: quick-drying (optional)
  • Hiking boots: should be waterproof and well broken-in.
  • Socks-3 complete changes of your favorite sock/liner combination, no cotton!
  • Water shoes are needed for creek crossings. Bring wet suit booties, aquasocks, Tevas, etc.
  • Gaiters, knee-length, help keep scree out of shoes
  • Camp shoes or booties (No Tevas!)
  • Sun hat with bill
  • Warm hat, wool or synthetic, a balaclava is best
  • Bandanna
  • Overmitts, waterproof
  • Gloves/mittens -- 2 pair of wool or pile (ski gloves are not acceptable)
  • Thin glove or mitten liners (optional)

Accessories

  • Water containers (2 one-quart bottles / bladder)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and spare bulb (flashlight is not acceptable)
  • Pocket knife / gadgets
  • Glacier glasses
  • Ski goggles (blizzard wear)
  • Toiletry kit, toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Food utensils-1 large bowl, an insulated mug or cup, spoon
  • Snacks-trail mix, energy bars, etc.
  • Plastic bags-2 large garbage bags, 1 smaller bag (you may bring more)
  • Matches and lighter
  • Portable solar chargers are available now for electronics, batteries, and warming water.
  • bear-bagging cord

Optional

  • Camera and film
  • Ski / hike poles for hike to base camp
  • Book, reading and writing material
  • Cool games
  • Small binoculars
  • Mountain game kit
  • Spare eyeglasses (recommended: anti-fog lens wash or wipes).

notes

  • Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easilyover the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • No cotton! Cotton drains body heat when wet and is not an acceptable fabric when climbing.
  • wear wool or synthetic clothing (T-shirts are an exception on nice days).
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Use different sizes and colors to differentiate the contents. Plastic bags are also great for separating wet clothing and keeping dry clothing dry.
  • Afternoon thunderstorms are common (many places) , so rain gear is very important.




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