Everest Camp II 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

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

    Sewn Runners/ Webbing.  
      Two double length sewn runners and one single. Sewn runners are less bulky but cost more. Tied
tubular 9/16 webbing can substitute. Approximate lengths for slings: Single Length 5.5ft and a Double is 9.5ft long.

  20 ft 6mm acessory cord.
  Used for pack leash and in conjunction with your ascender.
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 (2) Locking; (2) Standard.
  2 Large Pear or D-shaped locking. 2 Non locking carabiners

    Rappel/Belay Device.  
      Tube style only. Auto locking devices are too heavy.
Belay Device

Climbing helmet. Must be adjustable to fit, with or without hat or balaclava on.

Ascenders (1) One right or left.

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


  Light hiking boots or trekking shoes
  For day hikes and trek to Base Camp. The trail to Base Camp is rocky and rough. Shoes that are light weight, high comfort, plenty of room in the toe bed, with good support are important.
Trekking Shoe

    Tennis shoes or low top shoes.  
      For international travel and town days. Optional.
Running Shoes

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

Please make sure your gaiters fit around the plastic boot without being to tight around the boot.

  Wool or Synthetic Socks.
  4 pair heavyweight socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots.
Warm Socks

  Liner Socks.
  4 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

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.
  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 conditions.) 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

  Heavyweight Long Underwear. 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. (Alternative: one-piece suit)
Heavyweight Long Underwear

Soft Shell Jacket.
  Mid-heavyweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
Soft Shell Jacket

Soft Shell Pants.  
      These highly breathable, water repellant, 4-way stretch, durable pants are worn when conditions are mild.
Soft Shell Pants

Insulated Synthetic Pants w/ full separating side zippers.  
      This is vitally important for ventilation and for the safety and ease of dressing up or down when conditions change in the middle of a climb.
Insulated Synthetic Pants

Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood.
  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

Hard Shell Pants.
  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

Expedition Down Parka.  
      Must be fully baffled, have an attached, insulated hood, and go below the waist.
Down Parka


Headlamp (Batteries not Included in Rental)  
      High quality LED headlamp. Bring plenty of spare batteries.

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

  Balaclava. Look 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

  Bandana. To shade the neck.

  Buff. A hybrid between a neck gaiter and balaclava that offers a wide range of uses.
Neck Gaiter

Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).
  100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are available.
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

Heavyweight Soft Shell Gloves.
  1 pair. Windstopper is helpful
Soft Shell Gloves

Expedition Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liners.
  1 pair. For use lower on the mountain when expedition mitt is not needed.
Shell Gloves

Personal Equipment

    Alpine Backpack.
  A comfortable Alpine climbing pack with a carrying capacity of 3,500 cu. in. Keep it simple and light,
avoid unnecessary zippers, etc which add weight.
Expedition Backpack

Sleeping Bag. (rental comes with compression stuff sack)
  High quality with hood to at least -20°. If you sleep cold bring a warmer bag. Goose down preferred over
synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for, a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
-40 Degree Sleeping Bag

  Compression Stuff Sack for reducing volume. Necessary to reduce volume of sleeping bag.
Compression Stuff Sacks

Self-Inflating pad.
  Two 3/4 or full length pads. One for use at basecamp and one for camps higher on the moutain. If you are over 6 a long is recommended. Make sure to include a repair kit.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

  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:
  2.5 liters total capacity. Wide mouth bottles required. Sugg: Two 1liter bottles and one .5 liter. Water bag or
bladder systems can be used on the trek.
Water Bottles

  Pee Bottle (1 Liter).
  Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle. Collapsible 1 liter canteen takes up less volume than a bottle when empty.
Pee Bottle

  Pee Funnel (for women). It is a good idea to practice, practice, practice.
Pee Funnel

  Toiletry Bag.
  Toilet paper: Bring a small amount, it can be easy purchased in every village. Hand sanitizer: 1 large (8oz) and 1
small (2 oz.) bottles. Small bottle can be refilled from larger bottle. Toothbrush. Shower Kit (soap, shampoo, towel): Bring a quick dry travel towel for showering during the trek. Soap and shampoo can be purchased if you run out. Wet Wipes 1-2 per day. Keep kit small. Hand moisturizer.

  Hand warmers and Toe Warmers: Optional
  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.
Hand and Toe Warmers

  Trash Compactor bags (4).
  To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry & one large enough to line pack. At minimum 3 mil. thick.
Trash Compactor Bags

  MP3 Player. Optional. Flash memory only players since hard drive players do not work at high altitude (above 13,000ft). Chargers can be used at several lodges along the way.

  Camera gear: Optional. We recommend a small digital camera above BC. Simple and light. For more information, see recommendations on the FAQ page of our website. (www.AlpineAscents.com/faq.asp)


  Travel Clothes. A set of clean clothes is nice to have to change into after the trip.
Travel Clothes

    Small duffle w/ travel lock.  
      For storage of excess gear in Kathmandu.
Small Duffel Bag

Large Duffel Bag w/ travel lock. (Lock not included in rental)
  (9-10,000 cu. in.) Used for transporting gear.
Expedition Duffel Bag with Lock

First Aid

  Small Personal First-Aid Kit.(Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin works well), 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 Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin,Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
Drug Kit


  Please review your Climb Information Sheet for further information about meals. Food

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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 gear@alpineascents.com 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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