Island Peak 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
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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.

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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

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

  20ft of 6mm Acessory Cord
  Used for pack leash and in conjunction with your ascender.
Accessory Cord

Ascenders (1) One right or left.

    Belay/Rappel Device  
      1 device that is tube style which allows for a wide variety of uses as opposed to a figure-8 or auto-locking style.
Belay Device

    Sewn Runners/ Webbing  
      Two double length sewn runners and one single. Sewn runners are less bulky but cost more. Tied tubular 9/16 webbing can substitute. Approximate lengths for slings:Single Length 5.5ft and a Double is 9.5ft long.

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

  2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 Non-locking carabiners

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets.
  Optional .Snow baskets required. Helpful for balance when carrying heavy pack or for knee problems.
Trekking Poles


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.
Plastic Climbing Boots

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

  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

  Light Hiking boots or trekking shoes
  High comfort, good support. You will spend many days walking in these shoes. Make sure there is ample toe room.
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 )
  2 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

  Heavyweight Long Underwear Top ( M | W ). Expedition weight Capilene for extra warmth.
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ). These highly breathable, water repellent, 4-way stretch, durable pants are worn when conditions are not severe enough to warrant the use of Hard Shell Pants or Insulated Synthetic Pants.
Soft Shell Pants
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

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

Insulated Down Parka w/hood ( M | W ). Must be fully baffled, have an attached, insulated hood, and go below the waist.
Insulated Down Parka
M | W

Insulated Synthetic Pant.
  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).
Down Pants


  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 or buff. Look for a simple lightweight model. Buff preferred since it can be used to cover face to prevent sickness.

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

  Bandana. Used to shade your neck.

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


  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

Soft Shell Gloves
  1 Pair. This glove is usually worn alone and during times when the shell mitts would be too warm.
Soft Shell Gloves

    Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liner.  
      1 pair. Provide the a degree of warmth without sacrificing dexterity, important while ascending fixed lines. A shell mitt (below) can substitute for Expedition Shell Glove.
Shell Gloves

Expedition Mitts. (Optional, may be used in place of Shell Gloves)
  1 pair. Should be large enough to fit lightweight Synthetic Liner Glove. Not as agile as gloves, but acceptable.

Personal Equipment

    Backpack: Alpine
  A comfortable Alpine climbing pack with a carrying capacity of 2,100-2,450 cu. in. (35-40 liters). Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary zippers, etc which add weight.
Alpine Pack

Sleeping Bag
  (Expedition quality rated to at least 0°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

-20°F Sleeping Bag (optional)  
      Optional - Rent or purchase this bag if you sleep cold. Note: you only need to bring 1 sleeping bag on this trip.
-20 Sleeping Bag

    Compression/summit pack stuff sack  
      Necessary to reduce volume when packing a sleeping bag and also double as a carry on and summit pack. Look for a compression sack that has shoulder straps and roll top.
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

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

  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.

  Hand warmers and Toe Warmers (Optional)
  Bring 1-3 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

  Water Bottles
  2.5 liters total capacity. Wide mouth bottles required. Sugg: Two 1liter bottles and one .5 liter. Water bag or bladder systems can be used on the trek.
Water Bottles

  Water Purification  
      Please bring a steri-pen and 1-2 bottles of purification tablets as we like to double treat all our water. The Steri pen will be the primary source for purification with the pills as backup (if the pen does not work).
Water Purification Tablets

  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

  Trash Compactor bags (4).
  To line stuff sacks and pack. Trash Compactor bags are made from a heavier plastic.
Trash Compactor Bags


    MP3 Player. Optional  
      Flash memory only players since hard drive players do not work at high altitude (above 13,000ft). Chargers can be used at several lodges along the way.  

  Camera gear: Optional.We recommend a small digital cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses. Disposable cameras also work well.

  Toiletry Bag.
  Toilet paper: Bring a small amount, it can be easy purchased in every village. Hand sanitizer: 1 large (8oz) and 1 small (2 oz.) bottles. Small bottle can be refilled from larger bottle. Toothbrush. Shower Kit (soap, shampoo, towel): Bring a quick dry travel towel for showering during the trek. Soap and shampoo can be purchased if you run out. Wet Wipes 1-2 per day. Keep kit small. Hand moisturizer.

    Travel Clothes.  
  Include hiking shorts, quick drying synthetic pants and a small towel.
Travel Clothes

  Optional: Small Duffel Bag. For storage of excess gear in Kathmandu.
Small Duffel Bag

Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock. (Lock not included in rental)
  1 for transporting all gear.
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

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

      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. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. 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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