Equipment List for Oyacache Trekking

Official Papers

Camping Gear

Packs

Climbing Gear

Outerwear

Footwear

Clothing

Accessories

Optional Field Gear

Food

 

Camping Gear

Western Mountaineering Badger SDL : 15 deg Long

This bag was the Backpacker recommended bag at the time I did my first trip. It's a down bag with a dry loft shell to keep it somewhat dry.

Illiniza Notes: This bag is great for mountaineering. Paired with clothing and a hat, you can be comfy at 0 and maybe even a little under.

Mt Rainier Notes: The first time I was on a glacier, and I was warm and cozy pretty much all night. The times I did get cooler were becuase I took off my socks!

North Face VE 25 : Expedition 4 Season Tent

The VE 25 is a 3 man expedition level tent that weighs about 12 pounds. It has two vestibules and can be bought with a tarp footprint that matches it's dimensions. It's one of the most used tents in the climbing and alpine market. I've heard only good things about it. This is the classic mountaineering tent. It has been around for about 25 years and will probably be around another 25.

Iliniza Notes: This tent at one point had 4 people in it...semi comfortably!

Cascade Designs Thermarest Ridgerest

I'm a sissy when it comes to my sleep. I need my confort, and since this blow up matress is only about a pound more than a foam roll and packs down much smaller, I figured this was a good choice.

Packs

Dana Design Terraplane X : Expedition Pack

This is the Gold standard of packs. It received the Editors Choice GOLD award from Backpaker Magazine in 1999 and all I saw on the net were raves about it’s quality, comfort and design. When I spoke to Rahman at Tent and Trails, he highly recommended it.

Why I bought it: This is the first pack I bought, for my first trip to Red Rocks, Nevada. Even though I didn't really need a pack right then, I knew I was going to sooner or later, so I bought this in anticipation of an upcoming trek.

Good for: This pack is perfect for a climb where you've got to carry 50 to 60 pounds of gear.

Not for: 1 to 3 day hikes. At about 8 pounds, it packs a wallop if all you are doing is carrying a fleece, food and water. This is an expedition pack. Like all packs, it is not very waterproof, so if you are going to be in the pouring rain, line it with garbage bags or get a pack cover.

Dana Design Notes: Dana Design has since been sold to K2 and marketed under Marmot. You can still get these packs under the Marmot brand, but I would argue they are not the same packs! Dana Gleason has since started new company, Mystery Ranch selling the same style backpacks to guides and military personnel. In fact, he has a contract with the navy seals to provide them with their packs. Check them out. The Mystery Ranch version of the Terraplane is the

Oyacache Notes: This pack is bomb proof. I brought a pack fly for the rainforest downpours. Didn't need it. It fits everything with a million pockets and easy access to everything. Love this pack.

Mt Rainier Notes: This was my main pack for Rainier and Adams. Still love this pack, even though its about 3 poinds heavier than the newest packs.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel Large

Usually I am stuffing all of my stuff into a big back pack. But for trips where our gear is carried by porters, or when we will be setting up a base camp with some stuff being left behind, a duffel works better. Sometimes, you see the same thing all around because it's the only thing available. In this case, you always see a TNF Duffel on any expedition you go to because they are the best. This is the best duffel I have ever owned, hands down. I am now going to buy the XL version.

Why I bought it: This duffel has 3 things going for it. First, it is sturdy because it's made of a laminated material that resist fluids and can withstand abrasion. Second, the zippers are solid and can take a beating. Third, it has three hauling systems including twin handles on the ends (so you can drag it), the normal duffel handles that velcro together (so you can carry it) and finally backpack style shoulder straps that are adjustable (so you can throw the thing on your back). I have the Large, which is 5600 cu in (90 liters). The XL is 9070 cu in (140 liters).

Good for: Base camp. Long trips where your gear is going to get thrown around and punished.

Not Good For: I can't think of anything this thing is intended to do that it doesn't!

Mount Olympus Notes: The Olympic Range is the wettest place in the US and all we did was throw a bunch of wet, dirty and muddy stuff on top of our bags. So the fact that the bag is basically waterproof is huge for a trip like this. Loved it.

Iliniza Notes: I used this bag as my base camp storage. I kept all the stuff I wasn't going to be taking with me on the climb and the trek in it, back at the hostal in Quito.

Grand Canyon Notes: This was just big enough to carry everything on the plane to get me to the trailhead and back home.

Climbing Gear

Leki super Makalu Trekking Poles

They say they're some of the best poles on the market. Cor-tec handles, anti shock tips and light as a pair of feathers, they seemed good enough for me. If I had one complaint it would be that they could fold in just a little bit smaller. But other than that, they perform and that's all you can ask.

Why I bought them: If you have bad knees like I do, or you are big boy like I am, you will definately want to bring along your sticks. There are some very steep descents on some of the trails and I can't imagine doing it without at least something in at least one hand. If you don't feel like lugging them on the trip, or they get broken in baggage, just pick up a good stick when you start on the hike. But my suggestion is these.

Pros: Very lightweight. Adjutable. Great feel in your hand. Love to cork handles.

Cons: They are a little longg so they are difficult to transport in your baggage given the post 9-11 security concerns. I am alwasy worried at how to protect them in my baggage. And the twist handles sometimes are a pain.

Illiniza Notes: Love these poles. They are really light and I like the fingertip control for tightening the loops.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I still love these poles. They did however jam up on the loops so that I can't always easily control the loop length. But I don't adjust very often so it's not that big a deal.

Mt Washington 2009 Notes: I had a major problem getting these to work properly in the freezing cold. Could have been user error, but at -20 degrees on mt Washington, I don't need to be wasting time screwing around with trekking poles! It was at this point I decided to go the "clip joint" route and will never look back. I will never buy another pair of twist lock trekking poles again. Ever!

Outerwear

Marmot Shell Jacket

Although I had originally planned to spend a whole lot less, I am glad I picked up this parka. It fit me well in the arms and does a good job of stopping wind.

Illiniza Notes: This jacket worked great on the climb. Period.

Kilimnajaro Notes: Really like the jacket.

Mount Washington 2009 Notes: At the top of the climb I saw that this jacket was not as good at breathing or keeping out the water as I thought it was (or used to be). Either way, this was my last time using this jacket. It's now the jacket I let friends borrow when I drag them along on some trip with me. Let's be Honest. I saw the Arc'teryx and fell in love. Gear junkies just need to buy new stuff!

North Face Fleece Jacket

This was the first fleec jacket I bought. I still have it and still wear it. It's a great jacket; warm and well fitting. The minute I started wearing it, the soft shell fleeces started becoming reasonable priced and I got the bug to start in that dierection. But for a simple fleece, great piece of gear.

Red Rocks Notes: Good jacket. You need a fleece in the desert surpisingly!

Mountain Hardwear Fleece Hat

This hat is a little thin, but the fact that it completely covers the ears and ties off to stay tight against them makes it really warm. It's a great hat to have along on any trip. Plus you look funny which is always special!

Iliniza Notes: I brought this hat merely as a backup. The worst thing you can do is lose your only hat in the wild. I always bring an extra just in case.

Kilimanjaro Notes: Again, this was my backup hat. I definately pulled it out at night to sleep in.

Footwear

Asolo GTX 520 Hiking Boots

About 6 people had these boots on this trip. And all had good things to say about them. So i picked up a pair as well. I was unable to secure a pair that were a color other than black, but oh well.

Iliniza Notes: I did like these boots, but I definately should have broken them in a little bit more. I got a few hot spots during the trek, but I took care of it early and they were not a problem at all.

Oyacache Notes: This trek can be very wet so I suggest you bring boots as opposed to trail runners. These boots were very comfortable. I did buy them just before the climb and didn't break them in very much, so I had a few hot spots.

Soloman Raid Pro X

This is the third pair of Salomon Trail Runners I've bought and they sure won't be the last. The best part is the quick lace feature that keeps them tied tight and eliminates the need to tie your laces!

Oyacache Notes: I absolutely love these things. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots). I didn't use these on the trek because it was too wet. And I didn't use them on the mountain because I only wanted to carry one pair of boots or shoes. But I did use them on the training climb and on the day hikes and they were really comfortable.

Kilimanjaro Notes: I absolutely love these things. I did all of my hikes in these. They are vented so your feet stay cool. They did well on the wet day (even better than some in boots).

Outdoor Research Ankle Gaiters

Ankle Gaiters are great for people like me who typically hike in trail runners or low top light hikers.

Oyacache Notes: Although I brought these along, I only used them once due to the good weather and all the hikes being on maintained trails. take them along just in case you get a bad patch of wether.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Although I brought these along, I only used them once due to the good weather and all the hikes being on maintained trails. take them along just in case you get a bad patch of wether.

Clothing

Duofold Varitec Long Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

The first time I tried out a Duofold shirt, I was surprised at how it performed considering how little it cost. It's a great way to build up your gear quickly without spending all your money on some big brands advertising!

Basic base layer shirt. A staple in my pack.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along specifically for those hot days where I might just want a t shirt in the water. I actually didn't use it but its always good to have just in case.

Duofold Varitec Short Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

Any kind of non cotton shirt will do. Poly Pro, or wool, whatever.

wigwam ultimax cool lite hiker socks

II usually use Smartwool socks, but I've heard great things about this sock. They have a very thin top layer so that your feet can breathe with a very thick underside to absorbe sweat and shock.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later top

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later pants

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Grand Canyon Notes: I decided to only bring a pair of bottoms for bnightime since I was already bringing my North Face Flash Jacket for the night. I was glad I did too, because it was cold each and every night.

Bridgedale Liners

I have a tendency to get blisters but with one of these liners, it's not a factor. They move the moisture away from your feet very well and provide the extra softness beneath those wool socks.

Wigwam Coolmax Liners

I have a tendency to get blisters but with one of these liners, it's not a factor. They move the moisture away from your feet very well and provide the extra softness beneath those wool socks.

Smartwool Socks

Smartwool's Expedition Trekking line was the winner of Backpacker Magazine's Great Sock Test. They expertly control temperature and moisture, cushion your digits and are extremely durable. Wicks and evaporates moisture to keep feet and shoes dry. Keep your feet cool in the summer, warm in the winter and not too bad for odor prevention either. I can't see myself ever buying another brand of sock

Madawaska Notes: Usually, I am using these socks for hiking. But here, they were just for walking around and in case I needed them for the cold water. But it was warm enough that I didn't need em at all.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Once again, my favorites. Others say that the socks tend to slip or move on their feet, but i haven't had that problem. No matter what brand you bring with you, make sure you have wool socks for the hike.

EMS Superwick T

This is a lightweight polyester shirt that is highly breathable and quick drying. It wicks moisture away from the body and comes in a fe different colors. I actually picked up a long sleeve and a short sleeve. They were great as a first layer in the jungle.

Iliniza Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t-shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Most of the climbs will have you at some point in your t shirt. Let it be a comfortable one.

Grand Canyon Notes: It gets hot down there in the canyon, so bring a lightweight t shirt.

EMS Adventure zip off pants : $50

These zip off pants are quick drying, comfortable, and come in good colors. What else can you ask for. The bottom of the pants have the side zip to the calf so you can zip off the bottoms without having to take off your boots. Comfortable shorts by day, bug-thwarting pants by night! These travel-savvy convertible pants offer versatile comfort. Plus they are baggy with a deep enough crotch.

Canadian Rockies Notes: Definately bring at least one pair. I personally brought 2 pair. While I never unzipped tham on any of my hikes, others in my group did on the one hike I didn't do, because it got so hot.

Patagonia Stretch Zip Long T

I love this shirt. It has thumb holes to keep your sleeves from riding up (or keep your wrists warm), it's comfortable and it has the half zip neck which I love because you can use it like a turtleneck or you can open up to breathe. Designed to be versatile enough to use as a high-mobility base layer for winter sports or a midweight outer layer in warmer climates.

Canadian Rockies: This was my staple shirt for the entire trip. I don't go anywhere without it.

Grand Canyon Notes: I will only bring one long sleeve shirt. And since I did, this was the only one I brought. My staple shirt on all my trips. So much so, that everybody says I need to buy some new shirts!

Accessories

Moleskin

It really doesn't matter which moleskin you choose. Personally, I like the thin moleskin, especially since I start applying it as soon as i feel even a hotsot. I never wait until i develop a blister so i rarely ever develop one. But i use moleskin almost every day of a hiking trip and remove it at night to air out the hot spot.

Wet Ones Travel

It really doesn't matter which moleskin you choose. Personally, I like the thin moleskin, especially since I start applying it as soon as i feel even a hotsot. I never wait until i develop a blister so i rarely ever develop one. But i use moleskin almost every day of a hiking trip and remove it at night to air out the hot spot.

Grand Canyon Notes: Since water will be so sparse on this trip, I'll bring a pack of these for my outback shower!

El Potrero Notes: Anytime you are in Mexico, bring wet ones. They rarely have toilet paper in any of the bathrooms, so having these hand is nice.

Packtowel Camp Towel

Bottom line, this is not ever an optional item. I have to have at least one on my trips. It's really water absorbant but rings out like a shammy and packs away dry right after you've used it on your whole body!

El Potrero Notes: Bring a camp towl because they don't have them readily available at the Posada.

Grand Canyon Notes: I'll bring my small towel just so I can wash my face, or if I want to go down to the river.

Nalgene Water Bottle

These bottles are indestructible and supposedly, they don’t promote bacteria growth or hold odor. In every picture I see of someone camping or on a mountain, I see them holding a Nalgene bottle. I’m not even sure they have any competition they’re so well entrenched. And what makes them even better is most water filtration systems are built specifically to fit Nalgene bottles!

I always wrap some clear and some gray duct tape around my bottles. First, it helps to tell whos they are and it also is an easy way to keep duct tape which is the most important item you can take on a mountain! It fixes everything from blisters to leaky tents. I always bring 3 liter bottles for summit day. I also sometimes bring an extra to pee in if im too lazy to get out of the tent! just be careful. Aim smart.

Nesters Cookware

Nesting Stainless Steel Cookwear.

Good for: The non gear junkie and the guy who is not trying to shave every ounce from their pack.

Not for: The guy who cuts the handle off of his toothbrush to save weight.

Iliniza Norte: So far, this set has worked well for me. On this trip, we used it every day on the mountain. Since my job in our cook group was to provide the pot/pan.

OR stuff sacks

I am a very organized person, or at least I try to be! So a couple of extra stuff sacks to straighten out my gear is always a necessity for me. I picked up the non-waterproof ones for the mountain and rock climbing. But once I start paddling, I'll move up to the hydro seal.

MSR Waterworks 2 water filter

The Waterworks II is supposedly on of the better water pumps. It removes all bacteria in one pass and has aceramic membrane that filters out organizms 0.2 microns or larger. The one drawback is it doesn't pump all that fast.

Iliniza Notes: Man. This turned out to be a really slow and difficult pump to use for a number of bottles. Compared to the First Need that a few others brought, it's like pulling teeth. We ended up putting this thing away after the first couple of days and just borrowing other peoples First Need. This one goes in the junk drawer.

 

Bullfrog Sunblock

I like gel sunblock better than the normal lotion kind because I tend to sweat a lot and it lasts much longer. I also use bullfrog but couldn't find it this time around in the camping store.

Madawaska Notes: On this trip, I brought along the bullfrog sunblock, but for the most part, I barely ever used it. But I would definately lug it along in case you have that burnable skin type.

Julbo Pamir

The Julbo Pamirs can be worn as glacier glasses since they have 100% UV protection and reduce up to 88% of visible light. But they look good enough to wear anytime doing anything.

 

Black Diamond Gemini

This is the obne peice of camping equipment I have come to feel is essential. Once out in the pitch dark, I could not live without it. If you have any hopes of reading, writing or doing anything with both hands in your campsite or tent, you should get one of these things. With an LED lamp as well as a Halogen spotlight, the Gemini is the way to go. It’s relatively inexpensive and works well. I went to the local climbing gym (Desert Rock Sports) and snapped one up.

Camera and Other Toys! :-)

Nikon F401 Film Camera

A few years ago I got into photography a little bit, and I bought this camera used. It was a good deal and has worked well for me.

Iliniza Notes: I'll tell you. This was my first mountain and I could not believe how heavy this thing was. Next time, I will only bring a point and shoot up on the summit bid!

Food

Gatorade Packs

Gatorade is one of the best tasting electrolyte replacement drinks. I't probably not necessary when mountaineering because you are not sweating, but it can't hurt. But if you're out there in the heat, you need to replace those electrolytes.You can get them in 1 quart packages which are perfect for your nalgene liter bottles.

Mt Washington Notes: Adding gatorade to your water on a freezing cold mountain helps to keep it from freezing. It's high salt and sugar content will add at least a few degrees to your drinks max freezing temperature.

Grand Canyon Notes: You should definately bring at least one liter per day. It gets really hot in the canyon.

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