Aconcagua Gear List and Rental Form

Gear List
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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.

Alpine Ascents Gear Shop
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Aconcagua Gear List and Rental Form

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$44  
Ice Axe (with Leash)

A general mountaineering axe with an attached waist leash. Too short is always better than too long. Size according to height; under 5'2'' use a 50cm axe, 5'3'' to 5'7'' use a 55cm axe, 5'8'' to 5'11'' use a 60cm axe, 6'0'' to 6'2'' use a 65cm axe, above 6'3'' use a 70cm axe.


$60  
Crampons

General mountaineering crampons. We recommend modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates. 10-point, aluminum, or single-piece ridgid crampons are not recommended.


$35  
Climbing Helmet

A lightweight climbing-specific helmet. This must fit comfortably over your bare head, hat, and/or balaclava, and your headlamp must be able to strap securely to the outside of the helmet.


$55  
Trekking Poles

Collapsible skiing/trekking poles with snow baskets. Three-section varieties are preferred.


Liner Socks

If using liner socks, you will need two pairs of smooth, thin wool or synthetic socks. Liner socks can reduce boot friction and increase comfort for some. Must fit well underneath hiking socks.


Wool or Synthetic Socks

3 pairs of medium to heavy hiking socks. These must fit over your liner socks if you plan to wear liner socks.


$45  
Gaiters

Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots. Short trekking gaiters do not offer sufficient protection.


High-Altitude Double Boot

A double boot with either a hard plastic or soft synthetic outer designed for use with a high-altitude liner. Not necessary if using a high-altitude all-in-one boot system.


Booties

Optional. Synthetic or down camp booties for comfortable wear around camp.


Light Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes

For any approaches across dry trail. Light weight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe box, and good support should be stressed here.

lhboot

Sport Sandals/Water Shoes

For river crossings. Crocs, Teva-style sandals, or similar footwear will work well.

sandal

Short Underwear - OPTIONAL

Two to three pairs based on personal preference. Synthetic or wool fabrics only; bring a comfortable athletic style for any top and bottom underwear.


Baselayer Bottom

Non-cotton baselayer bottoms that should fit snugly without constriction.


Baselayer Top

One to two long-sleeved baselayer tops. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight which can be nice on sunnier days. This layer must be constructed of a non-cotton material such as merino wool or polyester.


Midlayer Top

A mid-weight, form-fitting, lightweight fleece layer for use over baselayers or as a baselayer in cold conditions. Hoods are optional but recommended.


$60  
Softshell Pants

Stretchy, comfortable, non-insulated softshell pants will be worn the entire duration of the climb and should fit comfortably with or without your baselayer bottoms.


$60  
Softshell Jacket

This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket is a key part of a mountaineering layering system. We recommend a hooded model. This layer must fit well over your midlayer top and baselayer top.


$75  
Hardshell Pants

Non-insulated, fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants. Full-length separating size zippers are preferred; shorter side zippers are allowed if you can put on and take off your pants without removing your boots.


$75  
Hardshell Jacket

A non-insulated, fully waterproof shell jacket with a hood. Must fit comfortably over your baselayer, midlayer, and softshell. Helmet-compatible hoods are required.


Lightweight Down Jacket

We recommend a lightweight down jacket to serve either as a layering piece or as stand-alone insulation when appropriate.


$200  
Expedition Down Parka

An 8000-meter rated, expedition ready parka. This parka must be in excellent condition, fully baffled, and should be brought recently cleaned with Nikwax Down Wash to ensure maximum loft.


$60  
Insulated Synthetic Pants

A synthetic insulated pant with full-length separating side zips. Ski pants are typically not appropriate for this layer.

Sherpa Adventure Gear Kailash Pant

Buff

A must-have for all outdoor activities, the UV Buff is a versatile replacement for the bandana and serves a multitude of purposes.


Sun Hat

Any style of lightweight hat for shading the head will work well. Baseball caps and sombrero-style sun hats are the most common.


Balaclava

A simple lightweight non-cotton balaclava is recommended for neck and face protection.


Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat

A non-cotton wool or synthetic hat that covers the head and ears comfortably. Simple skull-cap style hats are recommended as they tend to fit better beneath a climbing helmet.


$45  
Glacier Glasses

High-quality glacier glasses offering full coverage around both eyes and across the nose. Removeable side-shields are not required provided eye coverage is sufficient.


$50  
Ski Goggles

High-quality goggles for sun and wind protection at altitude. The lens should offer visible light transmission (VLT) of no more than 30%. Those with light-sensitive eyes may wish to use a darker lens. Photochromatic models are ideal for use in changing conditions.


Dust Mask (Optional)

?For those that are sensitive to dust. Can be left at Base Camp.

dustmask

Lightweight Liner Gloves

Very lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves that offer a snug, comfortable fit. Lighter colors absorb less sunlight while still offering UV protection. Black or dark-color gloves are also acceptable.

Lgloves

$40  
Softshell Gloves

Midweight, lightly insulated gloves for use when mittens are too warm and liner gloves are not warm enough. Leather construction offers ideal durability and grip on ropes and other gear.


Insulated Shell Gloves

One pair of warm shell gloves with insulated removable liners. Excellent for use when conditions are too cold for softshell gloves, but too warm for expedition mittens.

ShellGlo

$63  
Expedition Mittens

Expedition-rated mittens with an insulated removeable liner. Please be sure this mitten is the warmest model available by any manufacturer.


$85  
Expedition Climbing Pack

A 75-105 liter climbing pack designed with climber-specific features and an internal frame. The volume you choose depends on experience level packing and gear quality. If opting for a pack smaller than 100 liters, practice packing to be sure you can efficiently use a smaller sized pack.


$150  
-20F Down Sleeping Bag

This sleeping bag should be rated to -20 degrees Fahrenheit and must be down-filled rather than synthetic filled for the sake of weight and bulk. Be sure to include a correctly sized compression stuff sack.


$30  
Foam Pad

This pad should be either 3/4 or body length. Cut pieces of closed cell foam or industrially-crafted pads are both acceptable.


$47  
Inflatable Sleeping Pad

A full-length, modern inflatable sleeping pad is recommended. Older-style ? length pads have been superseded by ultralight full-length pads. We recommend bringing a valve repair/body patch kit.


$33  
Headlamp

A modern outdoor LED headlamp offering 80-200 lumens of output power. Fresh, installed batteries plus a set of spare batteries are recommended. Weather-resistant models are strongly preferred.


Water Bottles

(Two to three 1 litre capacity bottles) 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.


Bowl

One two cup capacity packable bowl. Collapsible versions occupy less space in a pack. Lids are not necessary.


Mug

One insulated outdoor-style mug with a removable lid. Your mug should retain heat well and be spill resistant. 12-20 ounce models are acceptable.


Water Bottle Parkas

Two total. Fully insulated with zip opening. Neoprene 'cozy' style does not provided enough insulation and is not recommended.


Hydration Reservoir

Optional for lower altitude/warmer climate use. Does not serve as a sufficient substitute for water bottles.

Hpack

Knife

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

Knife

Pee Bottle (1 Liter)

One wide-mouth, clearly marked water bottle for use overnight.


Pee Funnel (for Women)

Practice is critical for the use of this item.


Spoon

One durable hard plastic or anodized metal spoon. Longer spoon stems can be helpful for eating while wearing gloves.


Trash Compactor Bags

Three bags for use as waterproof pack/stuff sack liners. Compactor bags are made from a heavy plastic and stand up well to prolonged mountain use.


Trekking Pack (OPTIONAL)

A small, simple pack of approximately 35-40 liters. Useful for the trek into basecamp.


Travel Clothes

Clean 'town' clothing is recommend for use traveling as well as pre-and-post trip. We recommend bringing a comfortable variety of clothing for peace of mind.

TrvCloth

Camera - OPTIONAL

Small point-and-shoot cameras are ideal. Large-bodied or fragile cameras may be used, but require extra care and attention. iPhones have become increasingly popular for use as cameras. We recommend bringing along a solar charger or extra batteries.


Small Duffel

This item can double as carry-on luggage for your flight, and is used to store any items you do not plan to take into the mountains. Think light and simple, with 40-50 liters of total capacity.

SMDuff

Toiletry Bag

Include toilet paper (one roll stored in a plastic bag), hand sanitizer, toothbruth, toothpaste, and floss. Soap, deodorant, and cosmetics should be left at home.


Water Purification tablets

One (1) package of chemical water treatment drops or tablets. We recommend AquaMira. Lightweight Steri-Pens with extra batteries can suffice.


Sunscreen

Several 1-2 ounce tubes of SPF 30+ sunscreen. Zinc-oxide added versions are preferred. One ounce is typically sufficient per week, but several tubes . Sunscreen loses SPF rating over time; we strongly recommend brand-new sunscreen.


Lipscreen

Several tubes of SPF 30+ lipscreen. As with sunscreen, be sure your lipscreen is new. Recommended: Aloe Gator Medicated 30 SPF Lip Balm.


$30  
Expedition Duffel Bag

An approximately 150-liter expedition-ready duffel bag used to transport all gear.

ExDuff

Small Personal First-Aid Kit

Basic medical supplies in a compact package- we recommend basic painkillers, Moleskin & Molefoam, first-aid tape, Band-Aids, and anti-septic wipes or gel.


Medications & Prescriptions

Pepto Bismol, Cipro, Z-Paks, Diamox, and a variety of standard painkillers. Bring personal prescriptions as well.

Drugs

Hand Sanitizer

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


Hand 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.


Food

Please review the food and water information available in your Climber Information Packet. A close reading of this information is important towards a smooth trip. We recommend taking plenty of time consider this information. Please contact the Gear Department with any food-related questions.

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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
Reserving: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. We recommend submitting reservations 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 three weeks in advance of your departure.

Washington Rentals: All rental equipment for trips taking place in Washington will be picked up at your gear check. At that time, payment will be taken for all rented items. No security deposit will be charged for Washington rentals; however, Alpine Ascents reserves the right to assess fees for the replacement or repair of any damaged items.

Alaska Rentals: Due to the unique nature of Alpine Ascents' Alaska program, some items requested may be picked up in Talkeetna at your gear check rather than shipped directly to you. However, not all rental items are available for pickup in Talkeetna. Payment for Alaska rentals will be charged to the on-file credit card after your gear check, including a $50 security deposit per item. Alpine Ascents reserves the right to withhold all or part of your security deposit for the replacement or repair of damaged items. All equipment, whether shipped to you or picked up in Alaska, may be de-issued at the Alpine Ascents Alaska facility at the end of your trip.

International Rentals: All rental equipment for trips taking place internationally will be shipped to you approximately two weeks prior to your trip departure date. A USA address must be provided for rental shipments. Rental equipment may not be shipped internationally. At the time of shipment, charges will be assessed to the credit card on file, including shipping charges, rental fees, and applicable security deposits. Please immediately contact the Gear Department with any questions.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for rental confirmation via email. 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: The credit card on file will be used to process rental payment. For climbs in Washington, payment will be taken at your gear check and no security deposit will be required. For climbs taking place outside of Washington, charges are processed at the time of shipment (approximately two weeks prior to departure date) and will include a $50 security deposit per item plus shipping. Shipping cost is based on size and weight and can only be determined at the time of shipment.

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

Shipment: Rental items for climbs taking place outside of Washington are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to your trip departure. Once received, please verify that all items are correct and fit appropriately. Please note that 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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