Ecuador Volcanoes 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.

Alpine Ascents Gear Shop
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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

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.

  40ft 6mm accessory cord
  Primarily used for Prussiks. Please bring as a continuous piece, prussiks are cut as part of the curriculum. Choose cord that is soft and supple. Note: Bring your prussiks if you have attended a climbing course and know how to use them.
Accessory Cord

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

  Carabiners (4)
  2 Pear locking (Screwgates are OK) and 2 standard oval carabiners.

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles w/ Snow Baskets
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.
Trekking Poles


Double Mountaineering Boots
  These must be either plastic (warm but cumbersome) or high end leather/synthetic type. Both types with removable inner booties. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks. Comfort is key in buying mountaineering 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
  3 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with plastic boots.
Warm Socks

  Liner Socks
  3 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
  For acclimation hikes and wearing in towns. Light weight, supportive and comfortable.
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 ( M | W ). 1 pair top and bottom. Expedition weight Capilene for extra warmth.
Heavyweight Long Underwear
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

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W )  
      You will most likely wear these everyday during the trip as they are very versatile and durable.
Soft Shell Pants
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


  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Make sure ears are covered.
Wool Hat

  Balaclavas. Lightweight. Looks for a simple lightweight model.

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

      Used to shade your neck and cover your mouth. Protects respiratory system when traveling in dusty conditions.

      1 Pair. Goggles are used instead of glacier glasses when weather turns severe. Clear lens preferred (for climbing during night when windy) with 100% UV/IR. They can double as emergency glacier glasses.

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

Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liners
  1 Pair. Waterproof, breathable shell with a removable liner for warmth and dexterity.
Soft Shell Gloves

Shell Mitts w/ insulated removable liner
  1 Pair. Waterproof, breathable shell material. We recommend that the insulation in your mitts can be
removed in order to dry faster. Make sure that you can fit your lightweight synthetic gloves inside the mitts.

Personal Equipment

  Internal frame pack from 2,800-3,500cu. in.(46-50 Liters). Keep it simple and light. You must be able to get your sleeping bag, personal items for one night in the refuge and climbing gear up a 45 minute climb to the refuge.

Sleeping Bag (Rental Includes Compression Stuff Sack)
  (Expedition quality rated to at least 0°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. Your bag needs to be long enough that your feet are not pressing out the foot box which will make you colder. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
-40 Degree Sleeping Bag

  Compression Stuff Sacks for reducing volume. For sleeping bags and down clothing.
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

  Cup: 16oz. plastic mug with lid (retains heat well and is spill-resistant in the tent).

Headlamp (LED) (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.

  Water Bottles:
  (2 - 3 total) One bottle with 1 liter capacity and one bottle with 1/2 liter capacity. 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.
Water Bottles

    Water Bottle Parkas (2)  
      To insulate liquid in freezing conditions.
Water Bottle Parkas

    Pee Bottle.  
      1 Leak proof, wide mouth bottle with 1 liter capacity. Make sure the bottle is clearly marked, ‘Pee Bottle.
Pee Bottle

    Pee funnel for women  
      Practice, practice, practice.
Pee Funnel

    Ear Plugs  

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

  Toiletry Bag.
  Include toliet paper, alcohol hand sanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste. You should also include soap, shampoo for
the nights we stay in hotels on the expedition.

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

  Camera gear: Optional. We recommend a small instant or point and shoot cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses. For the best pictures bring slow speed film, 50, 100, or 200. Simple and light. Disposable and digital cameras also work well.


  Travel Clothes.Nylon trekking pants are nice for the acclimatization hike. We stay in Hotels in between and after the climbs. Having a couple of changes of cotton clothes is encouraged for those times. Note: Shorts are not commonly worn in Ecuadorian culture.
Travel Clothes

    Netbook or similar. Optional.  
      We will stay at several lodging places where Wi-Fi service is available so if you want to stay connected you should bring one.  

    Bathing suit.  

    Running shoes and Sport Sandals.  
      For travel and use at hotels and lodges. Running Shoes

    Nylon Stuff sacks.  
      Several different sizes to organize gear.  

    Expedition Medium duffel bag w/ travel lock.  
      1 to get better organized while traveling and to store excess gear when necessary. It is better to get one with regulation size for carry-on convenience: 12 x 21 x 12. Capacity: about 3,200 cu. in. Soft sided construction preferable.
Medium Duffel Bag
Expedition Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock. (Lock not included in rental)
  Capacity: 8,000-9,000 cu. in. Soft sided construction preferable.
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 Pepto Bismol. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers diarrhea and for urinary
tract infections. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen for stomach sensitivity.
Drug Kit

Ecuador Climbing Lunch Food List

    Electrolyte Replacement Cold Drink Mix (Gatorade, Emergency, Cytomax, Nuun).  
      8 days worth for the 9 Day Trip, 10 days worth for the 12 Day Trip and 13 days worth for the 16 Day Trip.
Sports Drink Mix

    Energy Gel. Optional.  
      For summit days on Antisana, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo (GU, Powergel, Clifshot) : 6-8 Packets per climb.  

    Energy Bars. Optional. (Cliff bar, Power bar, Balance bar, Luna bar, etc.):  
      Bring some of your favorite energy bars.  

    Candy Bars or Granola bars. Optional. (Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Hershey, Nature Valley, etc):  
      Bring some of your favorite ones. Note: Depending on the days activity, we provide granola bars, chocolate bars, trail-mix, cookies, crackers, fresh fruit (bananas, tangerines, oranges, etc.) and also bread, cheese, ham, peanut butter, jelly for sandwiches.  

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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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