Mount Elbrus Gear List And Rental Form

Gear List
• Every item on the gear list below is needed for your climb. You can use the Gear Lexicon to get a better sense of definitions and possible substitutions.
• You may want to print a copy of this gear list for reference. (Use the Print Gear List button below or print directly from your browser menu)
• Images may not reflect actual items for sale or rent.
• The boxes noted "Already Own" is a tool for your reference when printing a hard copy.
• Rental items can be shipped to US addresses only. Please contact the Gear Department if you do not have access to a US shipping address.

Rental Form
Please click the 'Reserve Rental' checkbox and submit the form at bottom of page. A confirmation email will be sent to you.

Gear Lexicon
We offer you an encyclopedia of mountaineering gear with definitions of use. This list is NOT trip specific and to be used as a reference and planning tool.

Alpine Ascents Gear Shop
Discount for all registered climbers at our Gear Shop.
The Alpine Ascents Online Gear Shop is currently open and has an excellent stock of the products on your gear list. We also have a retail store open during business hours and we always accept orders via phone.


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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below


Climbing Equipment

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$42
Ice Axe w/Leash
 
  General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5'7" use a 60cm tool; 5'7"- 6'1" use a 65cm tool; over 6'1" use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long). No rubberized grips-they are heavy and do not plunge well into the snow. Make sure that you have a leash that is designed for use on a glacier axe or a leash that you make from 9/16 webbing and a piece of bungee cord. We suggest addition of prussicks or 20 feet of supple, 5mm cord – fyi, 5 mm as the climbing ropes we use here are very thin. This year, there were crevasses on the route.
Ice Axe

$47
Crampons
 
With flat rather than 'cookie cutter' frame rails. Your crampons should be steel, not aluminum for strength and durability. A combination heel bail/toe strap is a more universal system than a heel and toe bail system. We strongly recommend crampons with anti-balling plates
Crampons

    5 ft 5mm Acessory Cord  
     
Accessory Cord

$35
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

  Auto-Locking Carabiner
 
  Belay “Rapell” style auto locking.
Auto-Locking Carabiner

$35
Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets
 
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.Snow baskets (vs. smaller baskets) are important. The baskets that come with the poles are generally too small.
Trekking Poles

Footwear

$65
Double Plastic Climbing Boots
 
  Good quality plastic shells with inner boots Avoid tight fit with heavy socks. Comfort is key in buying plastic boots. Spend a little extra time walking around the store or take them home and wear them around your house to make sure the fit is right. A little big is always better than a little small. Boots with integrated gaiters (e.g., Millet Everest, La Sportiva Olympus Mons) are also OK.
Plastic Climbing Boots

$40
Gaiters. Your gaiters should fit around the plastic/leather boot swithout being too tight around the boot. No lightweight hiking gaiters.
Gaiters

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

  Liner Socks
 
  2 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

  Trekking shoes
 
  For acclimation hikes and wearing in towns. Light weight, supportive and comfortable.
Trekking Shoe

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 )
 
  1 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). 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

  Lighweight Fleece Jacket ( M | W ). 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. Equivalent to 100-weight fleece. (Alternative: one-piece suit)
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

$53
Soft Shell Jacket or Synthetic Puffy 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

$56
Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). Mid-heavyweight,
Soft Shell Pants
M | W

$60
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

$60
Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )
 
  Waterproof, breatheable. Full length side zippers mandatory because it allows easy removal of 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

$49
Insulated Synthetic Jacket ( M | W )  
      Lightweight down Jacket. The jacket is worn during breaks or climbing in extremely cold weather.
Insulated Synthetic Jacket
M | W

$49
Insulated Synthetic Pant ( M | W )
 
  Full separating side zippers (This is very important for ventilation. Full side zips also allow pants to be taken off without having to remove boots). Find pants that are warm when wet and dry quickly. Ski pants won't suffice.
Down Pants
M | W

Headwear

  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Both the hat and the balaclava should be able to fit together on your head. Hat should cover ears.
Wool Hat

  Balaclava. Lightweight. Looks for a simple lightweight model.
Balaclava

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

  Buff. A synthetic multipurpose tube of fabric that can be used in a variety of ways.
Buffs

$45
Ski Goggles, 1 pair. 100% UV & IR.
Ski Goggles

$42
Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).
 
  Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers and leashes. No more than 10% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses - it is a good idea to have these with "photo-gray" or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber).
Glacier Glasses

Handwear

  Lightweight Synthetic Liner Gloves
 
  1 Pair. To wear alone on very sunny days for hand protection or as a layering piece with your Shell mitts.
Liner Gloves

Lightweight Shell Glove w/insulated removable liner
 
  1 Pair. This glove is usually worn alone and during times when the shell mitts would be too warm.
Soft Shell Gloves

$63
Shell Mitts w/ insulated removeable liner.
 
  Waterproof, breatheable. Make sure that you can fit one of your gloves inside the mitten with the shell over the top, three layers total.
Mitts

Personal Equipment

$79
Expedition Duffel
 
  A large (minimum 150 L capacity), waterproof duffel bag with a shoulder strap. These greatly facilitate transporting your gear to the huts. The duffel will need to be carried as a backpack for short sections of the climb
Expedition Duffle

$65
Sleeping Bag
 
  (Expedition quality rated to at least 10°F). If you sleep cold bring a warmer bag. Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for, a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
-40 Degree Sleeping Bag

    Alpine Backpack  
      Alpine climbing pack. A 30-40 pack, such as the Black Diamond Speed 40L or Mountain Hardwear Diretissima 35. A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing.
Alpine Backpack

$47
Self-Inflating pad
 
  One 3/4 or full length pad. Make sure to include a valve stem and patch repair kit.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

$20
Headlamp (Batteries not Included in Rental)  
      Bring spare bulb & batteries. No Halogen bulbs: they take more power and have a shorter life.
Headlamp

  Sunscreen
 
  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.
Sunscreen

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

  Hand warmers and Toe Warmers
 
  Bring 2 sets of each. Toe Warmers are different than 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

  Water Bottles
 
  Minumum 2 liters of capacity – 3 liters is better Bottles should be wide mouth made of copolyester (BPA free plastic). No water bag or bladder systems, they freeze or are hard to fill and no metal bottles as lips have a tendency to stick.
Water Bottles

    Water Purification tablets.  
      1 bottle. Water filters are too heavy and clog quickly with silt. Steri-Pen also acceptable.
Water Purification Tablets

  Water Bottle parka (2).
 
  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

  Knife. Medium size. Keep it simple and light, needs a blade and screwdriver.
Knife

  Ear Plugs. (1 or 2 sets)
 
  Huts can be noisy at night. Foam ear plugs are comfortable and inexpensive.
Ear Plugs

  Trash Compactor bags (1).
 
  To line stuff sacks and pack. Trash Compactor bags are made from a heavier plastic.
Trash Compactor Bags

  Hand Sanitizer. Other alcohol based hand cleaners also work well. 4oz should be sufficient.
Hand Santizer

 
 
Traveling

  Camera gear: Optional. We recommend a small instant or point and shoot cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses. For the best pictures bring slow speed film, 50, 100, or 200. Simple and light. Disposable and digital cameras also work well.
Camera

  Toiletry Bag.
 
  Include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste. You should also include soap, shampoo for the nights we stay in hotels on the expedition.
Toiletries

    Travel Clothes.  
 
   
Travel Clothes

First Aid

    Small Personal First-Aid Kit  
      (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small First Aid Kit

    Drugs/Medications/Prescriptions.  
      Climbers should bring Pepto Bismol. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude heachaches, sprains, aches, etc. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity. Excedrin for headaches.
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 gear@alpineascents.com 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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