Personal Clothing and Equipment

Weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable and temperatures can change drastically within a very short duration of time. In such conditions, clothing serves a much greater purpose than just providing comfort.

The mountain clothing should be adaptive to prevent drop of body core temperature during cold temperatures, as well as avert overheating on hot days due to excessive sweating which might lead to dehydration. This is achieved by using several layers of clothing (Layering), which comprises a base insulating layer, middle insulating layer/s, and an outer hard shell layer.

Personal equipment helps in providing climbing aid and safety. Furthermore, for technical climbing and special conditions, dedicated equipment is a must. One can carry these personal equipment or they can also be hired from private vendors or mountaineering institutes.

Common or group equipment is not mentioned in this list as it varies from activity to activity. It is of utmost importance that all equipment should be in good condition, well maintained and should be certified as per all safety and regulatory requirements.

Personal Wear

Remarks

1

Soft Hat To be used during the day to provide shade from sun and also prevent winds from hitting the head

2

Snow Sunglasses To prevent snow blindness. CAT 4, 100% UV protection and full eye cover essential

3

Woollen Cap/Balaclava To protect the head and face from cold and winds

4

Neck Buff To protect the neck from cold

5

Thermal Inner Wear – Lower and Upper Base insulating layer

6

Dry fit T-shirt To be worn while walking/climbing as it is light-weight and dries quickly

Can also be worn above thermal inner-wear

7

Fleece Jacket To be used as secondary warm layer

Fleece is preferable as it is light weight but very warm

8

Hard Shell (Wind cheater, Waterproof) Wind cheater and waterproof lower as well as upper for use in high winds, rain, snow

9

Down Jacket Feather jacket with heavy downfill to be used in very cold conditions

10

Gloves – Soft inner gloves To be used while working in cold conditions

Essential to keep them always dry

11

Gloves – Outer water proof Insulated To be worn above the soft gloves while working in snow or ice

12

Trekking pants Comfortable lowers or trousers to be worn while walking/climbing

13

Skiing lower water proof To be used in snow or ice to protect inner clothing from getting wet

14

Normal Socks To be used while walking/climbing

100% cotton socks should be avoided and preferably the socks should have blister protection features

15

Woollen Socks To be used in cold conditions

16

Trekking Shoes High ankle, waterproof, thick and good grip sole (preferably Vibram sole). GOOD CONDITION

17

Floater To be used at camp sites

18

Knee cap Important as a support during descents

Equipment

19

Day pack with Rain cover To be used to carry important items for the days’ walk/climb, while other luggage is being carried by the porters

20

Rucksack with Rain cover To carry personal clothing and equipment

21

Head lamp Very important when walking in the night as it keeps the hands free

22

Sleeping Bag Good quality, light weight, temperature rating should be based on the minimum temperature expected during the trip

23

Sleeping bag liner Light weight item that is very helpful in cold conditions

24

Hydration Pack or Water Bottle Minimum 2 litres

Personal Hygiene

25

Sunblock To prevent sunburn

SPF 50 or more

26

Lip Guard To prevent dry lips in excessive cold and dry conditions

27

Cold Cream To prevent dry skin in excessive cold and dry conditions

28

Hand Sanitizer For general hygiene, especially before eating meals

29

Tooth Paste Everyday dental care

30

First Aid kit Normally available with trek leader but personal medication and emergency items can be carried as backup

Other Accessories

31

Pocket knife, sewing kit. Optional items for emergency purposes only

32

Walking Stick At least one is essential and two is better

Provides good support while walking/climbing and prevents stress on knees

33

Camera Optional

34

Camera Battery Optional

35

Power Bank Optional – remember it will add to the weight that one carries

36

Tent light Optional

37

Spare Battery Optional

Personal Technical Equipment

38

Harness Used to connect other technical equipment to the climber and also to support the climber with a rope

39

Sling or Piece Rope Used to join other equipment to the harness and climber

40

Screw Carabiner A coupling link with a screw to connect equipment and rope

41

Plain Carabiner A coupling link with closed shape to connect equipment and rope

42

Jumar Used to ascend with a rope for very steep slopes

43

Snow Shoes To be worn over the shoe and connect crampons

44

Crampons Used with snow shoes to walk on ice

45

Gaiters To prevent snow from entering into the shoes

46

Ice Axe Used as a support while walking in snow or ice

47

Helmet To protect the head from injuries

 

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