Equipment

We can rent most personal climbing gear. Contact Us for a list of available Equipment and rental prices.

Recommended Equipment:

  • PACK & DUFFEL
  • [ ] BACKPACK: A 60-70 liter pack is recommended.
  • [ ] 2 DUFFEL BAGS: 7,000 – 9,000 cubic inch duffels made of a tough, rugged material for transporting personal gear during travel.
  • SLEEPING BAG & PAD
  • [ ] SLEEPING BAG: A bag rated to 20° F will keep you warm on the mountain. Either goose down or synthetic.
  • [ ] SLEEPING PAD: Full length inflatable or closed cell foam pad.
  • [ ] COMPRESSION STUFF SACK FOR SLEEPING BAG.
  • GEAR
  • [ ] HELMET: A lightweight climbing helmet is recommended, but not manditory.
  • [ ] CLIMBING HARNESS: A comfortable, adjustable climbing harness.
  • [ ] ICE AXE: The length of your axe depends on your height.
  • [ ] CRAMPONS: The 12 point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. Carry any repair kit/replacement parts and tools needed for adjustment which are specific to your crampons.
  • [ ] TREKKING POLES: Lightweight and collapsible.
  • [ ] 2 CARABINERS: 1 locking and 1 non-locking.
  • HEAD
  • [ ] WARM HAT: A wool or synthetic hat. It should be warm, but thin enough to fit underneath a climbing helmet.
  • [ ] BALACLAVA/ NECK GAITER
  • [ ] CAP: A lightweight ball cap, bandanna or sun hat.
  • [ ] GLACIER GLASSES : A pair of dark-lensed sunglasses with side shields or full wrap-type sunglasses is required.
  • [ ] GOGGLES: Amber or rose-tinted goggles are required for adverse weather. Additionally, contact lens wearers may find a clear-lensed goggle very useful on windy or dusty conditions.
  • [ ] HEADLAMP: We recommend lithium batteries as they perform well in a cold environment. We also recommend that you bring an extra set of batteries.
  • [ ] DUST mask or BANDANA: The 4×4 ride can sometimes be dusty.
  • GLOVES
  • A good glove / mitten combination is important because of the variety of weather conditions experienced throughout your climb. Your glove combination should include three separate layers that work well together.
  • [ ] LIGHT WEIGHT GLOVE: One pair of fleece or wool gloves.
  • [ ] MEDIUM WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE: One pair of wind/water resistant ski gloves.
  • [ ] HEAVY WEIGHT INSULATED GLOVE or MITTEN: One pair of wind/water resistant, insulated gloves or mittens for protection against wind, snow and cold. These also serve as emergency back-ups if you drop or lose a glove.
  • UPPER BODY
  • The following five layers are needed for the upper body. It is important that these layers work in combination with each other.
  • [ ] BASE LAYER : One long-sleeve, light to medium weight wool or synthetic top will be used as your base layer. Zip-neck styles allow for better temperature regulation.
  • [ ] INSULATING LAYERS: A variety of insulating layers work well. Your choice of garment (sweater, jacket, fleece, soft-shell, etc) and the number of garments (one or two) should be based on how well you do in the cold. Generally speaking, we recommend two layers that work in combination with each other.
  • [ ] SHELL JACKET: You will need a jacket made of waterproof material with an attached hood.
  • [ ] INSULATED PARKA with HOOD: This item becomes of highest importance when we are faced with poor weather. Additionally, this oversized, insulated parka traps heat at rest breaks. The parka may be either goose down or synthetic fill and should have at least two inches of insulation thickness. It should fit over all of your clothing layers, including your wind shell. An attached, insulated hood is preferred.
  • LOWER BODY
  • [ ] UNDERWEAR: Non cotton, bring 1 – 3 pair.
  • [ ] HIKING SHORTS
  • All climbers should have the following three layers. While there are a number of possible garment choices, it is important that all your clothing layers work in conjunction with each other. Your choice of specific brands and types of the following layers should be based upon how well you do in the cold, when in the season you are climbing and how well it fits.
  • [ ] BASE LAYER: One pair light to medium weight wool or synthetic bottoms will be used as your base layer.
  • [ ] CLIMBING LAYER: This is a lighter weight wind/water-resistant layer that most climbers and all guides live in throughout the expedition. A pant made of soft-shell or Schoeller material is best and provides the versatility for comfort, protection from the elements, and works well with your other lower body clothing layers.
  • [ ] SHELL LAYER: A pant made of breathable rain and wind-proof material will be needed. Full-length side zippers are required for facilitating quick clothing adjustments over boots and crampons in cold, inclement weather.
  • FEET
  • [ ] MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS: Insulated leather mountaineering boots are the preferred choice for ascents in Mexico. They provide the adequate insulation as well as the rigid sole for kicking steps and holding crampons. Plastic mountaineering boots are also adequate. Though their stiffness makes them somewhat less suitable during the approach hikes, they are generally a warmer option for summit day. Bring one pair of chemical foot warmers if you are using the leather mountaineering boots.
  • [ ] HIKING BOOTS: A pair of lightweight boots for approaches and hiking on rugged terrain.
  • [ ] LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING SHOES: Great for travel, day hikes, and camp.
  • [ ] GAITERS: A knee-length pair of gaiters, large enough to fit over your mountaineering boots.
  • [ ] SOCKS: Three pair, either wool or synthetic. Some people find liner socks useful for reducing friction.
  • MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
  • [ ] CLOTHES FOR IN TOWN AND WHILE TRAVELING:
  • [ ] Pants (2)
  • [ ] Shirts (3 – 4)
  • [ ] Personal First Aid Kit
  • [ ] Duct tape
  • PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
  • [ ] Imodium
  • [ ] Diamox
  • [ ] Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • [ ] Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • UTENSILS
  • [ ] Bowl
  • [ ] Insulated mug
  • [ ] Spoon and fork
  • [ ] Multitool
  • [ ] Hand Warmers
  • [ ] 2 Water Bottles: Bring two sturdy one-liter Nalgene style water bottles with water bottle parkas parkas. If you bring a hydration bladder ensure the hose is insulated and also bring a one-liter bottle.
  • [ ] 2 Large Garbage Bags: To keep items dry; we also recommend a rainfly.
  • TOILET ARTICLES
  • [ ] Toothbrush
  • [ ] Toothpaste
  • [ ] Baby wipes
  • [ ] Travel size hand sanitizer
  • [ ] Toilet Paper or travel wipes
  • [ ] Ear Plugs for sleeping
  • [ ] Digital Camera
  • [ ] Stuff sacks for organization
  • OPTIONAL ITEMS
  • [ ] iPod, journal, pen, book, Sudoku, etc.
  • TRAVEL DOCUMENTS / MONEY
  • [ ] Passport
  • [ ] MONEY: cash, credit cards, etc.
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