Gear List

In addition to the gear and items below, which are a combination of Madison Mountaineering's recommended Everest gear list and my own, I'll be taking a few things to Everest base camp (EBC) for comfort: jeans, cotton t-shirts & sweatshirts, flannel pajamas and a very thick sleeping mat from ExPed.  During my preparation for Everest, I interviewed several summiters, and nearly all of them said that it was important to be as comfortable as possible at EBC.  This is key, in part, because I will spend so much time there, but also because while I am at EBC I will focus on getting healthy, sleeping well, and preparing for the arduous climbing to come.

 Ice Axe: General mountaineering tool (65cm)
• Crampons: General mountaineering crampons
• Climbing Helmet: Must be able to fit over your ski hat
• Ascender: 1 right or left hand ascender (Petzel brand is best)
• Alpine Climbing Harness: A mountaineering harness, with adjustable leg loops. Not a rock climbing “sport” harness.
• Carabiners: 3 locking and 3 regular
• Rappel device: ATC or figure 8
• Mountaineering boots: Olympus Mons, Millet, ect.
• Hiking shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
• Camp boots: comfortable boots for wearing in camp.
camp shoes - crocs
light mountaineering boots 
• Booties: Optional, down is best.
• Wool or synthetic socks: 6 pair
• Liner socks: 1 pair
• Synthetic Short underwear: A non cotton style underwear.
• Lightweight Long Underwear: 2-3 pair longsleve shirt and long pants
• Heavyweight long underwear: 1 pair
• Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 1-2 pair
• Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1-2 pair
• Soft Shell jacket: To be worn over other layers - under armor and yellow patagonia
• Soft Shell Pants: Very breathable and water repellant (patagonia, salomon & brooks running tights)
• Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket
• Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants
• Insulated Down Jacket with hood: We primarily wear this when climbing below Camp 2. EB black and blue marmot
• Insulated synthetic Pants: Worn primarily when climbing below Camp 2.
• Down Suit: Feathered Friends, Sherpa, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, etc. We wear this climbing above Camp 2.
• Warm Hat: Synthetic or wool hat (ski hat).
oxygen mask
• Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds.
• Baseball Camp or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day.
• Bandana or Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.
• Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.
• Ski goggles: To be worn on summit day in the event of high winds.
• Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.
• Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.
• Shell glove with insulated liner: To wear for severe cold / strong wind.
grey liner gloves for hot days 
• Expedition Mitts: Large enough to fit a liner glove inside.
• Expedition Backpack: 65L pack should be large enough.
• Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
• Sleeping Bag (for high camps): Rated to at least -40°F. Goose down or synthetic.
• Sleeping Bag (for base camp): rated to at least -20°F.
• Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
• Self inflating sleeping pad (1 for base camp and 1 for high camps): Full length is preferred. 
• Closed cell foam pad: To be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping.
• Trekking poles with snow baskets: Adjustable poles
• Cup: A plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug
• Bowl: A plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast out of
• Spoon: Plastic spoon (lexan)
• Headlamp: With 2 extra sets of new batteries
• Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
• Lipscreen: SPF 30 or better (2 sticks).
• Water bottles: 2 or 3 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity. 
• Water bottle parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening.
• Thermos: 1 liter
• Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent.
• Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel
• Hand warmers & toe warmers: 3 sets of each. Or use Hot Tronics for food warmer system.  
• Knife or multi tool (optional).
• Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.
• Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment.
• Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofin, blister care, personal medications, etc.
• Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox and dexamethasone.
camel back
feathered friends down parka
feathered friends down pants
camp pillow and regular pillow
saline spray
neti pot & salt
lots of wet wipes!
laundry detergent for washing clothes at BC
small broom to keep tent tidy
clothes pins
Personal Toilet Equipment (TP, wipes)
Nose guard
Toothbrush & paste
Cough syrup
Cough drops
Cold pills
Tiger balm
ear plugs & mask
Bounce sheets to keep things smelling fresh
watch & charger
Pulse ox (charged)
hair bands, etc
facial wipes
shower gel
shampoo & conditioner
body wipes
Baby powder
bandaids & ankle bandages
Hand sanitizer (lotion)
Pain killers
dry shampoo
foam roller / stick
Chocolate covered coffee beans
dried fruit
Skratch chews
candy bars

Camera, memory cards & batteries
Ipod & cable
Iphone cable - one packed with carry-on, add long one from office for goal zero
medusa cable - headlamp, iPhone, iPad, foot warmers
computer & charging cable
usb stick
goal zero & solar panel

photo for visa
money for tips, etc.
medical insurance card
travel insurance info
Piles of gear waiting to be packed

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