Pre-Trip Packing

What to bring; what not to bring? That is the question when it comes to packing for a month long expedition to the Himalayas. Striking the balance between having the essentials, being comfortable, and traveling light can be a daunting task! Planning and accumulating all of the necessary gear did not happen overnight; in fact, it took several months to really wrap our minds around what our kits would be comprised of. After much research, product testing, and drawing on past experiences, we refined our gear list and found ourselves packed for the trip of a lifetime!
Below is a complete gear list of everything Mikey packed for the EBC trek and Island Peak climb.

  • 90L duffle from our partners at UltraLiteSacks
  • 90L Osprey Transporter Duffle
  • 35L custom built UltraLiteSacks backpack
  • 0° Oberon Thermarest Sleeping Bag
  • Thermarest NeoAir xLite
  • Sea to Summit Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Sea to Summit Pillow
  • OR down booties
  • Julbo glaicer goggles
  • 2 custom OAT hats
  • BD alpine start hoodie
  • OR softshell fleece
  • OR Foray Goretex jacket
  • Arcteryx Atom LT
  • OR helium down hoodie
  • Arcteryx down parka
  • icebreaker short sleeve
  • icebreaker long sleeve base layer
  • 2 OR Echo Sun Hoodies
  • 1 OR polo
  • Prana Stretch Zion pant
  • OR Ferrosi Crux pant
  • OR trailmix pant
  • OR Trailbreak oant
  • 2 icebreaker briefs
  • 2 icebreaker long underwear
  • OR ferrosi shorts
  • 2 pairs icebreaker socks
  • 3 pairs injinji socks
  • TNF liner gloves
  • OR liner gloves
  • OR aksel work glove
  • OR Alti Goretex Mitts
  • 1 handmade beanie by Dayday
  • Petzl actik headlamp
  • Petzl bindi headlamp
  • Sterioen
  • Rite in the Rain journal
  • Garmin inReach
  • GoPro 9 plus accessories
  • Biolite changing block plus cables
  • Toiletries
  • Pack Towel
  • OAT Flag
  • Mastery of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen
  • LaSportiva G2
  • Altra Lone Peak Hiker
  • Petzel Boreo helmet
  • Petzl Vasak crampons
  • Petzl Ascender
  • Petzl Altitude harness
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 3 non-locking carabiners
  • 1 prusik loop
  • 1 double length runner
  • 30’ of 5mm cord
  • Petzl Summit Evo ice axe
  • Black Diamond 3-piece trekking poles

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