- Ice axe. This must be a classic mountaineering axe or "piolet" with leash. Avoid technical ice climbing tools. Look for a light one.
- Crampons. With straps or combination heel bail-straps works the best. Avoid aluminum crampons.
- Climbing harness
- 2 locking carabineers/3 regular oval carabineers
- 25 ft of 6 mil perlon.
- Climbing helmet.
- Belay device.
- Trekking poles. Adjustable.
- Hiking boots or shoes. Used for approach and sometimes during carries to high camps. Good fit, cushion and support is required.
- Sandals. For river crossings and base camp hot days.
- Double boots. First quality high altitude boots. Could be plastic, composite, or a combination of both. Just be sure they're specially made for the colder temperatures.
- Gaiters. Expedition style. Insulated ones are optional, just don't get gaiters with neoprene soles.
- Liner socks. 3 pairs. Capilene or lightweight wool. They should fit well with your thicker socks.
- Expedition weight socks. 3 pairs. Wool or synthetic, with padded shins they feel great.
- Down booties (optional). Good option to wear inside the tent.
- Light underwear bottoms. 2 pairs. Avoid cotton.
- Expedition weight underwear bottoms. For extra warmth.
- Fleece pants. Midweight 100 to 200 fleece. Better with full side zippers.
- Shell pants. Windproof-breathable with full side zippers.
- Trekking pants. Synthetic or cotton, for basecamp and approach.
- Shorts (optional) for approach and base camp.
- Insulated pants (optional). Light, synthetic or down.
- Lightweight synthetic turtleneck. 2 pair. Synthetic or wool.
- Expedition weight shirt.
- Fleece jacket. Midweight 100 to 200 fleece. Full front zip recommended.
- Down parka with hood. Could also be Polarguard. Better if it goes below the waist.
- Hard shell jacket. Windproof-breathable. Go light.
- Cotton t-shirts. A couple for base camp.
- Sun hat or baseball cap. Synthetic works better.
- Warm hat. Wool or pile.
- Balaclava. Midweight.
- Neck gaiter. Fleece 100 to 200 for added warmth.
- Bandana. For neck protection.
- Sunglasses 2 pair. Go with glacier style ones, 100% UV, IR protection. Prescription glacier
- glasses are recommended if you use glasses.
- Ski Goggles (optional). With maximum protection and low light transmission. They work great for windy days.
- Light synthetic gloves. Capilene or similar, as a first layer.
- Fleece finger gloves. 100 to 200 fleece, better with windbloc.
- Insulated mittens. Wool, synthetic or down, big enough to use with other gloves.
- Mittens shells. For wind protection. Be sure that all the layers together have a comfortable fit, not compromising blood circulation.
- Down or synthetic sleeping bag. Should be at least -15° F. Good fit is really important for heating retention.
- Foam Sleeping pad. Closed cell, full length, adds warmth and protects Thermarest.
- Thermarest pad. ¾ size should work. Light series are great combined with a foam pad. Include repair kit.
- Large backpack. Up to 6000 cu inches. Simple design, good fit.
- Daypack. For summit day and approach. As light as possible.
- Headlamp and spare batteries. LED small headlamps work well.
- 2 water bottles. Wide mouth 1 liter Nalgene style.
- 1 thermos. Half liter is plenty enough and still light.
- Sunscreen and lip protection. At least 30 SPF for both.
- Small first aid kit. Iclude ear plugs, tape, blisters kit, antibiothics, several paracetamol or aspirin tablets, personal medications.
- Pocket knife. Light and simple, Swiss style.
- Insulated cup, plastic bowl and spoon. Cup insulated and with lid. Lexan Spoon and bowl are light and durable.
- Book, notebook, pencil. Waterproof Rite'n the rain notebooks suggested. Avoid pen.
- Walkman. Bring battery chargers. Ipods only work bellow 5000 meters.
- Camera and film/usb cable. Extra care with dust. Small disposable works good. If digital, bring usb conection if you want to send pictures from basecamp.
- Shower items. Light towel, soap and shampoo for base camp.
- Hydratyng system. For approach. This doesn't substitute the bottles listed above.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Pee bottle /Pee funnel (for women) Extra secure lid!
- Personal food treats. Favorite candy, jerky or other snacks.
- Personal energy supplies. Energy bars, Gatorade, Citomax, Gu, etc.
- Toiletry bag. Toothbrush, toothpaste, wipes, etc.
- Water purification pills
- Insect repellent.
- Large duffel bag. With lock. 7500+ cu in.
- Small duffel bag. For leaving stuff at Hotel/office.