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

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
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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

Climbing Equipment

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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.
Ice Axe

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

  40ft of 6mm Acessory Cord
  Intended for prussiks and other rigging. Be sure to bring one continuous piece of cord. If you already have prussiks from a previous course or climb bring the following items (seat prussik, foot prussik, pack prussik, rescue prussiks) plus an additional 10ft of cord.
Accessory Cord

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 (2) Locking; (5) Standard
  (2) Locking; (5) Regular. 2 pear shaped locking carabiners; 5 standard ovals.

Ascenders (1) One right or left.

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets.
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.
Trekking Poles


  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 Overboots. Not needed with Single Boot System.
Insulate Overboot

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

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

  Liner Socks
  3 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

  Booties. Down booties recommended over synthetic booties.

  Camp Footwear. (Optional)
  1 pair of tennis shoes or lightweight boots. If delayed in Union Glacier Camp, it can be nice to have comfortable footwear for use around camp, where expedition boots are not necessary.
Trekking Shoe

      Vinson Footwear Note: A High altitude double plastic boot in conjunction with a fully insulated overboot can substitute for the High Altitude All-In-One. You will want to bring a pair of gaiters for lower on the mountain before switching to the insulated overboot.

Technical Clothing

  Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )
  2 long-sleeve shirts & 2 full-length pants. 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

  Heavyweight Long Underwear ( M | W ). 1 top & 1 pair bottoms. Expedition weight Capilene or similar fabric. (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

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W )  
      These highly breathable, water repellant, 4-way stretch, durable pants are worn when conditions are mild.
Soft Shell Pants
M | W

Insulated Synthetic Pants w/ full separating side zippers.  
      Fully-separating, full-length side zippers are 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

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

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


  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. 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

  Buff or Neck Gaiter. Two Buffs are recommended, as it can be nice to have a second, clean Buff halfway through the expedition.
Neck Gaiter

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

  Nose Guard. Optional. Attached to glasses.
Nose Guard

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


  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

Heavyweight Soft Shell Gloves
  1 pair. Windstopper is helpful
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 Mitts
  1 pair. Should be large enough to fit lightweight Synthetic Liner Glove.

Personal Equipment

Expedition Backpack
  Expandable internal-frame pack, approximately 65-75 liters (4600 cubic inches maxiumum). Keep it simple and light; avoid unnecessary zippers which add weight.
Expedition Backpack

Sleeping Bag. (rental comes with compression stuff sack)
  (Expedition quality rated to at least -40°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
  One 3/4 or full length pad. Make sure to include a valve stem and patch repair kit.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Closed-Cell foam pad
  One full length closed cell is recommended.
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).
  2 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 parkas (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 or multi-tool. Medium size. Keep it simple and light, needs a blade and screwdriver.

  Toiletry Bag.
  Nothing but the basics: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Baby Wipes. Include one roll of toilet paper.

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

  Hand warmers and Toe Warmers:
  Bring 3 sets of each. Toe Warmers are different that hand warmers- formulated to work in the low-oxygen environment of a boot, they burn out more quickly than Hand Warmers.
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. Keep it simple and light. Disposable and digital cameras also work well.


  Travel Clothes and shoes. If delayed we will be in Punta Arenas, Chile. Extra clothes are nice to have, as laundry can be expensive and inconvenient.
Travel Clothes

Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock. (Lock not included in rental)
  (9-10,000 cu. in.) Used for transporting gear to Alaska and also used during the expedition as a sled bag. Duffle should be waterproof and have a full length zipper. No wheels or rigid/retractable handles
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

    Optional: Small Duffel Bag.  
      Can be used with lock to store personal items while on the mountain.
Small Duffel Bag

  Book. For waiting out flight delays.

First Aid

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

  Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Extra-Strength Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
Drug Kit

Vinson Food List

  Alpine Ascents provides all of the food for the expedition. However, if you have any special preferences for food on the mountain you are welcome to bring any of your own supplies and we can help prepare for you. Additionally, we find that if climbers bring some of their favorite 'climbing snack food,' such as energy bars, energy gels, candy bars, etc. You may prefer to eat these snacks over what we have available in Chile.

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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 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 refund 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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