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Aconcagua Kit List

Aconcagua: clothing and equipment.

  • The weather and conditions on Aconcauga are changeable, difficult to predict and often extreme.
  • You will need clothing and equipment that is suitable for mild conditions lower down the mountain as well as high winds and arctic temperatures higher up (as low as -30c)
  • Your clothing should be warm, lightweight, dry quickly, and allow good freedom of movement.
  • The layering principle, based on several thin layers of insulation (rather than one thick one), meets these requirements well.
  • Make sure you pack additional ‘emergency layers’ that can be worn if you start to get cold.
  • On this expedition mules carry the bulk of our equipment as far as Plaza de Mulas. Above this height we will make double carries and establish caches, allowing time for team members to acclimatise to high altitude.
  • Take the time to properly label and identify all items of personal gear. Campsites are often busy, it can be very easy to lose unlabelled kit.
  • We provide tents, cooking, camping and eating equipment, a mess tent and stools. You only need to worry about your personal stuff.

 Clothing

  • Balaclava
  • Buff
  • Down Jacket (850 fill weight would be nest. Great for hanging around at basecamp, and essential for carrying as an ‘emergency layer’ for the climb to the summit.
  • General Mountaineering Gloves
  • Hard Shell Jacket
  • Hard shell trousers
  • High Altitude Mitts
  • Inner Gloves- fleece
  • Loose fitting breathable shirt
  • 3 x Mountaineering Socks (and liner socks)
  • Outer layer jacket
  • Thermal Base Layer T-Shirts
  • Thermal Base Layer Bottoms
  • 2 x Lightweight Fleece Mid Layer
  • Heavy Outer Fleece Jacket
  • 3 x Trekking socks
  • 2 x Thick Mountaineering Socks and Liners. Make sure you’ve got a thick pair of fresh mountaineering socks kept in reserve to be worn only on summit day. A pair of thin liner socks worn under your thick mountain socks will keep your feet much warmer. Fresh socks are much warmer than sweaty ones!
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Underwear (made from wicking material to prevent rashes)

General

  • 30 litre Rucksack
  • 60-80 litre Rucksack (for carrying loads)
  • Sleeping Bag 4-5 season
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Trainers
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof rucksack cover

Technical Equipment

  • Gaiters
  • High Altitude Plastic Boots
  • Ice axe
  • General Purpose Mountaineering Crampons
  • Trekking poles

Additional Items

  • Camera
  • Ski Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch
  • Lip Salve
  • Pee Bottle
  • Penknife
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • Snacks. We provide good quality meals during the climb, but it’s always a good idea to bring some food of your own. One of the side effects of climbing to high altitude is a loss of appetite, bringing something extra to eat is a good way of making sure you replace the calories you burn. Some suggestions:
  • Breakfast: Muesli Bars. Porridge sachets with powdered milk/ syru
  • Lunch/ Snacks: Biltong, (John West) Tuna Fillets, nuts, salami, sweets
  • Evening Meal: Wayfarer meals are best (but expensive) because they can be boiled in the bag and make no mess. Anything you can add boiling water to, such as Mug Shots or Pot Noodles, also do the job.Corned Beef, tinned Sardines, relish, spices can also be added to the main meal.
  • Spare Batteries
  • Sunscreen/Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wash Kit
  • Water Purification tablets
  • Wet wipes/Alcohol rub
  • Wide Brimmed Hat
  • Wide Brimmed Water Bottles (2 x1 Litre)
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Passport
  • 2 x Passport Photos
  • A fold-a-way bag is useful for leaving your non-mountain luggage at the hotel.