Ama Dablam Gear List And Rental Form

Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

Climbing Equipment

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    Ice Axe w/Leash
  Specialized mountaineering tool. You will want a shorter and more versatile tool for climbing on steep terrain. We recommend a 55 or 60 cm straight shafted tool with an alpine or Alaska pick. Please no bent shafts or recurved picks.
Ice Axe

Technical crampons as opposed to basic crampons for glacier travel. Step-in bindings highly recommeded. Vertically oriented frontpoints are okay but no monopoints.

  Or bring 40 feet of flexible 6mm acessory cord to make into prussiks.
Accessory Cord

    20 ft tubular webbing. (9/16 or 1 inch.)

Alpine Climbing Harness
  Harness should fit over all clothing, have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang suspended in. Make sure you can get into the harness without having to step through any part of it.
Climbing Harness

  Carabiners (4) Locking; (6) Standard
  2 Twistlock & 2 small screwgate lockers; 6 standard ovals recommended.

    Rappel/Belay Device.  
      Figure 8 (required)
Figure 8

Climbing helmet. Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on.

Ascenders (1 pair) One right and left.

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles
  (Optional) For the trek.
Trekking Poles


  Light hiking boots or trekking shoes
  For day hikes and trek to Base Camp. The trail to Base Camp is rocky and rough. Shoes that are light weight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe bed, with good support are important.
Trekking Shoe

    Tennis shoes or low top shoes.  
      For international travel and town days.
Running Shoes

  High Altitude All-In-One Mountaineering Boot (also called triple boot or single boot system).
  Expedition boot that is a high altitude double boot with an integrated gaiter.
High Altitude Mountaineering Boots

  Fully Insulated Supergaiters. (Optional) This gaiter covers the entire boot but leaves the sole exposed. It is warmer than regular gaiters but not as bulky as an overboot.
Insulate Overboot

Gaiters. Optional if you are not bringing the Single Boot System.

  Trekking Socks.
  3 pair
Warm Socks

  Wool or Synthetic Socks
  4 pair heavyweight socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots.
Warm Socks

  Liner Socks
  4 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Liner Socks

    Camp Boots.  
      Optional. Insulated boot for Base Camp.
Camp Boot

  Optional. Synthetic Recommended.

Technical Clothing

  Synthetic Short Underwear.
  2-3 Pairs of NON-Cotton short style underwear. (boxers, briefs, panties, bras etc.) Amount based on personal preference.

  Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )
  2-3 pair tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder conditions.) Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days on the glacier and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Heavyweight Long Underwear ( M | W ). 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. (Alternative: one-piece suit)
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )
  Mid-heavyweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
Soft Shell Jacket
M | W

Insulated Synthetic Pants w/ full separating side zippers ( M | W )  
      This is vitally important for ventilation and for the safety and ease of dressing up or down when conditions change in the middle of a climb.
Insulated Synthetic Pants
M | W

Expedition Down Parka  
      Must be fully baffled, have an attached, insulated hood, and go below the waist.
Down Parka

    Down Pants  
      To fit over insulation layers. Outer shell must be windproof/water resistant.
Down Pants

Insulated Synthetic Jacket ( M | W )  
      Optional. Allows you to leave your down parka up higher on the mountain as we establish higher camps.
Insulated Synthetic Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood ( M | W )
  We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
Hard Shell Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )
  Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers preferred because it allows easy removal of pants, 7/8th zippers allowed but is more difficult to remove pants. No short 1/2 length, or short lower leg zippers allowed as it is difficult to put pants on when crampons are already on.
Hard Shell Pants
M | W


Headlamp (Batteries not Included in Rental)  
      High quality LED headlamp. Bring plenty of spare batteries.

  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Make sure ears are covered.
Wool Hat

  Balaclavas. (1) Heavy weight, (1) Lightweight. Heavy weight must fit over light weight.

  Face Mask. Optional. Suggested: Neoprene or Windstopper.
Neoprene Facemask

  Baseball Cap or other Sun Hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic (quick dry)
Baseball Cap

  Bandanas (2). To shade the neck.

  Buff or NeckGaiter. Optional. Can be used to shade your neck or provide face protection
Neck Gaiter

Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).
  100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available.
Glacier Glasses

  Nose Guard. Attached to glasses.
Nose Guard

Ski Goggles, 1 pair. Dark 100% UV & IR.
Ski Goggles


Heavyweight Soft Shell Gloves
  2 Pair. Should fit comfortably inside mitts. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene or Capilene.
Soft Shell Gloves

Expedition Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liners
  1 pair. For use lower on the mountain when expedition mitt is not needed.
Shell Gloves

    Expedition Gloves
  A heavy glove for warmth high on the mountain.
Expedition Gloves

Personal Equipment

    Expedition Backpack
  Internal frame pack 4,500 Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers which add weight.
Expedition Backpack

    Trekking Backpack
  2,000 - 2,500 cu. in. (Optional)
Trekking Backpack

Sleeping Bag. (rental comes with compression stuff sack)
  (Expedition quality rated to at least -20°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. Your bag needs to be long enough that your feet are not pressing out the foot box which will make you colder. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
-40 Degree Sleeping Bag

  Compression Stuff Sacks for reducing volume. For sleeping bags and down clothing.
Compression Stuff Sacks

Self-Inflating pad
  Two 3/4 or full length pads. One for use at basecamp and one for camps higher on the moutain. If you are over 6 a long is recommended. Make sure to include a repair kit.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Closed-Cell foam pad
  Full length closed cell is recommended, used while staying at camps higher than bascamp and to be used in combination with your self inflating pad.
Closed Cell Foam Pad

  Cup: 16oz. plastic mug with lid (retains heat well and is spill-resistant in the tent).

  Spoon: Good quality tough plastic (lexan).

  Bowl: 2-cup capacity with lid. We recommend a collapsible or packable bowl to help save space in your backpack.

  SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes. Note: Sunscreen older than 6 months loses half of its SPF rating, make sure that you have new sunscreen.

  Lipscreen. SPF 30, at least 2 sticks. Make sure your lipscreen is new.

  Water Bottles
  2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle. No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill.
Water Bottles

  Water Bottle parka
  Fully insulated with zip opening. Neoprene "cozy" style does not provided enough insulation and is not recommended.
Water Bottle Holder

  Pee Bottle (1 Liter).
  Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle. Collapsible 1 liter canteen takes up less volume than a bottle when empty.
Pee Bottle

  Pee Funnel (for women). It is a good idea to practice, practice, practice.
Pee Funnel

  1 Liter Thermos. Needs to be strong. Stainless Steel Vacuum bottle.

  Knife or multi-tool. Medium size. Keep it simple and light, needs a blade and screwdriver.

  Toiletry Bag.
  Include toilet paper, hand sanitizer and small towel (as well as tooth brush, tooth paste etc.)

  Hand warmers and Toe Warmers
  Bring 3 sets of each. Toe Warmers are different that hand warmers. They are formulated to work in a lower oxygen environment, like the inside of a boot, they also burn out more quickly.
Hand and Toe Warmers

  Trash Compactor bags (4).
  To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry & one large enough to line pack. At minimum 3 mil. thick.
Trash Compactor Bags

  Camera gear: Optional. We recommend a small digital camera above BC. Simple and light. For more information, see recommendations on the FAQ page of our website. (


  Travel Clothes. We trek for approximately 6 days to get to the mountain. Trekking pants, walking shorts, a few t-shirts and long sleeve shirts.
Travel Clothes

Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock. (Lock not included in rental)
  (9-10,000 cu. in.) Used for transporting gear.
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

    Base Camp Items.  
  It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards,MP3 flash player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.

First Aid

  Small Personal First-Aid Kit..phpirin, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal medications.
Small First Aid Kit

  Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin,Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
Drug Kit

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Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions
I promise to return all equipment rented from Alpine Ascents International, Inc. in good condition at the end of my climb/course. I agree and authorize Alpine Ascents International, Inc. to charge my credit card on file for repairs and/or replacements of damaged, lost or stolen gear. And I agree not to hold Alpine Ascents International, Inc. responsible for any injuries incurred through the use of its rental equipment.

Rental Information
Reserve: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. Recommend submitting reservation at least one month in advance to ensure adequate time for processing. Incomplete reservations may cause delay or failure to reserve requested items. Cancellations must be made 3 weeks in advance of departure.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for rental confirmation via email. Please note confirmations might differ from original reservation, please check your confirmation as that list contains items scheduled to ship. If you have any questions or have not heard back from us within three (3) working days, please email or call (206) 378-1927 and ask for the Gear Department.

Payment: Credit card on file will be used to process rental payment. Charges are processed at time of shipping (two weeks prior to departure date) and will include a $50 Security deposit per item and shipping. Shipping cost is based on size and weight and can only be determined at shipping.

Security Deposit: Fees are fully refundable upon timely return (one week from end of trip date). Fees may be assessed for repair or replacement of damaged item. Please allow up to two weeks for your refunded to be credited. Please note that items not returned within one week after trip end date Alpine Ascents reserves the right to withhold all or part of your Security Deposit.

Shipment: Rental items are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to departure. Once received verify all items are correct and fit appropriately. Please note sizing information provided is used to determine the sizes of items shipped.

You are responsible for rentals once items are shipped and until items are received back at Alpine Ascents. We encourage you to insure your shipment.

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