Cordillera Blanca Personal Gear

Climbing Equipment
· Ice Axe with leash. General mountaineering axe (Black Diamond Venom, Raven or similar)
· Ice Tool with leash. Specialized ice tool (Black Diamond Viper, Petzl Sum'tec or similar)
· Crampons. Step in bindings with anti balling plates (Black Diamond Cyborg or Sabretooth Pro with ABS)
· Alpine climbing harness. Harness should fit over all clothing and have enough gear loops (Black Diamond Aspect or Alpine Bod)
· Locking Carabiners (2) Twist lock, screw gate or Magnet (Black Diamond Magnetron)
· Regular Carabiners (4) (Black Diamond Nitron or similar)
· Ascender/Tibloc. Petzl Tibloc
· Icw Screws (2) (Black Diamond Express)
· Rappel/Belay device (1) ATC's (Black Diamond ATC Guide)
· Rescue Pulley (2) (Petzl Oscillante Pulley)
· Climbing Helmet (Black Diamond Vapor, Vector or Half Dome)
· Prussiks or Slings. Or bring 40 feet of flexible 6mm perlon or 1/2" webbing to make into prussiks/slings
· Adjustable Trekking poles (optional) (Black Diamond Expedition Poles)

· Light hiking boots or trekking shoes for trek to Base Camp
· Tennis shoes or low top shoes (optional) For travel and days in town
· Booties (optional)
· High Altitude Climbing Boots. Plastic boots (La Sportiva Spantik, Batura or similar)
· Gaiters (optional) (Mountain Hardwear Pinnacle, Outdoor Research Crocodiles)
· Trekking Socks (2) (Patagonia)
· Wool or Synthetic Socks (3) Heavyweight wool or synthetic socks to be worn over the liner socks
· Liner Socks (3) Smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene

Technical Clothing
· Lightweight Long Underwear (2) Tops and bottoms. Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton (Mountain Hardwear Micro Power
  Stretch Tight & Micro Power Stretch Zip T)
· Heavyweight Long Underwear. Top and bottom. Expedition weight Capilene (Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Tight & Zip T )
· Lightweight Nylon Pants (1)
· Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (1) (Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T)
· Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket with full-zip (Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Jacket)
· Synthetic/Soft Shell Pants with full-zip (Mountain Hardwear Coolidge Pant)
· Insulated Synthetic Jacket (optional) (Mountain Hardwear Hooded Compressor Jacket)
· Insulated Synthetic Pants with side zippers (optional) (Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pant)
· Down Parka with hood (Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator Parka)
· Hard Shell Jacket with hood (Mountain Hardwear Axial Jacket)
· Hard Shell Pants with zippers (Mountain Hardwear Beryllium Bibs)

· Lightweight Synthetic gloves (2) Should fit inside mitts or gloves. Lighter Capilene preferred (Mountain Hardwear Butter Liner)
· Heavyweight Synthetic or Soft Shell gloves (2) (Outdoor Research PL400 Gloves or Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch)
· Expedition Shell Gloves loves. Should be big enough so that synthetic gloves fit inside pile liners (Outdoor Research Alti Glove or Mountain   Hardwear Medusa Glove)

· Headlamp. Bring spare batteries (Black Diamond Icon or Petzl Myo)
· Glacier glasses (Julbo Explorer or Nomad) If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses
· Baseball cap or sun hat (2)
· Ski Goggles (1) One pair 100% UV & IR (Julbo Excel or Gravit)
· Balaclava (1) One lightweight (Mountain Hardwear or Outdoor Research)
· Warm synthetic or wool hat (1) (Mountain Hardwear or Outdoor Research)
· Bandanas or headscarf (1)

Personal Equipment
· Expedition Backpack. 30-40 liter (Black Diamond Speed)
· Sleeping Bag 0F. Expedition down insulated rated to at least 0F for base and high camps (Mountain Hardwear Phantom)
· Closed-Cell foam pad (1) Full length (Ridgerest) or Neo Xtherm (Thermarest)
· Plastic Cup. Plastic insulated mug with lid
· Spoon. Lexan tough plastic
· Sunscreen (2) SPF 40 or higher
· Lipscreen (2) SPF 20 or higher
· Water Bottle (2) 1 Liter wide mouth bottles (Nalgene)
· Water Bottle Parka (2) For the above bottles (Nalgene or Outdoor Research)
· Pee Bottle (2) 1 Liter wide mouth bottles (Nalgene)
· Pee Funnel (for women)
· Thermos (optional) 1 Liter capacity stainless steel vacuum bottle
· Trash Compactor bags (4) To line stuff sacks and one large to line pack
· Compression Stuff Sacks (2) For sleeping bags and clothing
· Duffel Bag (1) Large size with locks (Mountain Hardwear Expedition Duffel or Black Diamond Hueys)
· Small personal first-aid kit and personal medications

This list is only a guide. We have included recommendations on certain clothing and equipment based on our experience.

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