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Expedition Gear List

These lists are not guaranteed definitive in any particular situation, but do include most of the possible options. They are only options – decide if they are relevant to you and, if so, the amount or quantity needed – don’t forget spares where needed!

Lists are under the following headings in order.

  • Personal pre-travel checks/handluggage
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Project equipment
  • Personal expedition equipment
  • Group gear
  • Tools/spares kit

Personal Pre-Travel Checks/hand Luggage

  • Passport/extra photos
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations/medical incl. teeth
  • Phone
  • Watch/altimeter watch
  • Tickets
  • Personal rescue/medical insurance
  • Cash/travellers cheques/credit-debit cards
  • Writing materials/diary
  • Waterproof plastic zip bags
  • Eyeshield/earplugs
  • Toilet/hygene kit, towel, wet wipes. razor
  • Address book
  • Personal contact details
  • Non-expedition travel clothes
  • Swimming gear?
  • Mini pack towel
  • Holdall – for storage in last ‘civilised’ place

bath towels

Clothing

Outer layer

  • Windproof breathable jacket with hood
  • Windproof breathable pants/salopettes
  • Down jacket (duvet/parka)
  • Down trousers/salopettes
  • Down suit
  • Water related – eg, drysuit/wetsuit
  • ‘Survival suit’

ski jacket expedition gear

Thermal Layer

  • Synthetic/wool fleece/pile jacket/pull-on
  • Synthetic/wool fleece/pile pants/salopettes
  • Fleece waistcoat

Base Layer

  • Synthetic/Merino wool thin top (long/short sleeves/zipped)
  • Synthetic/Merino wool thin pants/long johns

Head

  • Synthetic/wool full face balaclava
  • Synthetic/wool hat
  • Windproof cap with peak/ear protectors
  • Sun hat
  • Headband
  • Facemask
  • Neck gaitor/scarf

Feet/Legs

  • Mukluks
  • Ski boots
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Down/synthetic fill boots (camp/tent wear)
  • Gaitors/insulated gaitors
  • Spare laces
  • Liner socks
  • Synthetic/wool thin/thick long socks

Hands

  • ‘Handbags’
  • Ski/mountain gloves
  • Windproof overmitts
  • Synthetic/wool thermal mitts/gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Down mitts
  • Thin (base layer) synthetic/wool mitts/gloves
  • Mitt/glove support (around neck)

Eyes

  • Ski goggles (substantially windproof) (100% UVA/UVB)
  • Sun glasses/glacier glasses with sides (100% UVA/UVB)
  • Spare glasses/lenses
  • Sleeping blindfold (for 24hr arctic light)

Food

  • Man-day rations
  • Base food
  • Goodies
  • Food containers/bags

Project equipment

  • Project equipment

Personal Expedition Equipment

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (synthetic/down)
  • Sleeping bag liner – fleece/pile/silk
  • Thermarest mattress/down filled sleeping mattress
  • Closed cell foam mattress
  • Sleeping bag cover
  • Bivi bag
  • P-bag—for all sleeping gear
  • Head torch
  • P-bottle (1 litre wide top!)
  • Toilet paper

tent sleeping bag

Travelling gear

  • Sled/pulk, hauling harness/shaft/rope
  • Gear/Sled bags
  • Rucksac/travel holdall/kitbag
  • Day sack (hand luggage)
  • Skis/bindings/sticks/skins/waxes + spares
  • Hands Free compass support
  • Berwyn bindings for soft boots
  • Harscheisen
  • Ski waxes/skin adhesive
  • Walking poles
  • Avalanche probe/personal alarm
  • Sun screen/lip salve
  • Hydration system
  • Dry bags

Safety

  • Personal medication and mini first aid kit
  • Ropes/slings/karabiners/etc if no other group gear being taken
  • Climbing Crampons
  • Bear fence
  • Bear spray
  • Firearms and ammunition (bear deterrent)
  • Mini flares

Climbing Gear

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering harness
  • Helmet
  • Ice axe/hammer
  • Ropes – climbing/abseil
  • Tape slings/karabiners – snap/screw
  • Ice screws/rock pitons
  • Rock protection
  • Belay/descendeurs
  • Prussic loops
  • Pulley

Eating

  • Knife
  • fork
  • spoon
  • Insulating vacuum mug
  • Bowls
  • Vacuum flask, 1 litre
  • Water bottle (with insulation pouch)
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Water purification tablets

Miscellaneous

  • Camera/case + films/memory/spare batteries
  • External battery case
  • Camcorder
  • Tripod
  • Multitool
  • Matches/lighter
  • Mirror (signal mirror)
  • Tent/snow seat
  • Wash/hygene kit
  • oersonal goodies
  • oersonal sewing/repair kit

Group Gear

Camping Gear

  • Tent + bag + repair kit
  • Emergency tent
  • Emergency group bivi
  • Tent snow brush
  • Thermometer
  • 2-4mm closed cell tent floor insulation sheets
  • Shovel
  • Snow saw
  • Snow stakes/anchors/ice screws/aluminimum snow pegs
  • Marker wands
  • Stove + fuel + spares
  • Spare stove
  • Stove board
  • Smother blanket
  • Stove windshield
  • Stove fuel
  • Fuel bottle (1 litre size)
  • Other fuel containers
  • Pots/pans/lids
  • Pot handle
  • Water filter
  • Detergent/scrubbies
  • Matches/lighter
  • Loo paper
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Storage bags
  • Binoculars
  • Group first aid/medical
  • Group safety/crevasse rescue equipment and ropes
  • Alarm clock
  • Candles/lightsticks
  • Writing paper/pencils/pens
  • marker wands
  • Tool/materials kit—see separate list below
  • Solar panel with correct attachments and adaptors
  • Wind generator

Navigation

  • Compass, baseplate
  • Spare compass
  • GPS and plenty of spare batteries
  • Maps
  • Aerial photos
  • Altimeter
  • Radio (VHF air band and/or marine band)
  • Walkie Talkie SW radios
  • SPOT tracker
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB 406/121.5mhz)
  • Emergency Flares
  • Satellite Phone

Tools/Spares Kit

Tools

  • Sewing kit
  • Multitool
  • Small hand drill + bits
  • Posidrive/flat screwdrivers
  • Small saw
  • Small adjustable spanner
  • Crampon file
  • Mini clamp for ski repair

Materials

  • Duck tape
  • Wire (copper/steel)
  • Cord (tent cord)
  • Araldite
  • Impact adhesive
  • Supaglue
  • Cable ties
  • Tent pole repair kit
  • Pulk repair kit/spare cover/bag buckles
  • Stove repair kit/spares
  • Hose clips (Jubilee clips)
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Nuts, bolts, washers, screws
  • Fabric for repairs
  • Freight labels for returning freight

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