Denali Equipment List

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*It is recommended to create zipper pulls on all your zippers to make it easier to use with gloves and mittens on.

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Head 

Beanie/Toque

Wool, synthetic, or Windstopper material. Windstopper will be warmer but makes hearing difficult. This hat will primarily be used while sitting around camp or in very cold and windy conditions. We lose a lot of heat through our head, so it is always important to cover the head when trying to retain warmth.

Examples

- Ortovox Fleece Light Beanie     BUY NOW!

- Arc'teryx Rho LTW Beanie     BUY NOW!

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Sun Hat 

Must have a hat or visor with a brim on it to keep the sun out of the face. You will be wearing this under the helmet so make sure it is a comfortable fit. Synthetic sweat wicking material is preferred.

Examples

- Ciele GOcap     BUY NOW!

- AAI District Trucker Hat     BUY NOW!

- AAI Classic Trucker Hat     BUY NOW!

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Glacier Glasses

Julbo - Shield SunglassesYou CANNOT go on the expedition without legit eye protection. They are that important. Without adequate eyewear, the eyes can literally get sunburnt and in an extreme situation will give you temporary blindness. Choose a model with 100% UV protection and side shields. Light will be coming at you from all sides, so make sure the glasses and side shields cover your eyes from the top, side, and bottom. Look for lenses that have max 12% or less visible light transmission (VLT), in order to properly protect your eyes. Visible Light Transmission is a measurement of how many visible light waves transmit through a material. We recommend purchasing a cheap "back up pair" to bring with you. You spend a substantial time on the mountain and it is important to have a back up in case something happens to your initial pair.

NOTE: Those using contact lenses should also bring a pair of prescription glasses in the event that your contacts or solutions are lost or damaged by freezing.

i*Prescription Glasses - If you have prescription glasses then you have a couple of options: One is to go to www.sportrx.com, where they have some options to purchase glacier glasses with prescription lenses. Or you can check out the website www.cocoonseyewear.com and purchase Over-The-Glass (OTG) glasses to go over your prescription glasses. If you go this route make sure and purchase the pair with the least amount of visible light transmission (VLT).

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*Contact Lens Care Precautions: In our experience, contact lenses are perfectly acceptable for climbing trips at altitude and in very cold conditions. If you plan on wearing contact lenses on Denali, you should be familiar with the intricacies of long-term maintenance and care in these conditions. Plan on bringing at least two spare pairs of lenses and a few small bottles of whatever solutions you will require. Bring a pair of glasses as a backup or to give your eyes a rest.

**If you are buying Julbo glasses, we advise you purchase the Spectron 4 lens.

Examples

- Julbo Shield     BUY NOW!

- Julbo Monterosa     BUY NOW!   

- Julbo Montebianco     BUY NOW!

- Julbo Explorer 2.0     BUY NOW!

 

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Goggles 

Aerospace This is a very important pice of gear to protect you from high winds or heavy precipitation. They should be 100% UV rated lenses. It is recommended to have a photochromic lens (a lens that gets lighter or darker depending on conditions) or a replacement lens that is on the opposite side of things of the original lens that you buy. For example, if your stock lens is very dark, then have a replacement lens that is lighter, and vice versa. The reason for this is to be prepared for a spectrum of conditions. For example, for the most part goggles tend to be used in low light conditions, where we still need the UV light protection, but we want a lighter lens so we can see better in those conditions. On the other end of that is if it is sunny and super windy (at altitude the wind chill can be extremely cold, so in those conditions you want every inch of skin protected, and that is where the goggles come in, they help protect a large part of the face) in which case we want a darker lens to protect the eyes. 

**If you use prescription glasses make sure and purchase an OTG (Over-The-Glass) version of the goggles so they fit over your prescription glasses. Or you can visit www.sportrx.com and safetygearpro.com to get prescription lenses for your goggles.

Examples

- Julbo Aerospace w/REACTIV High Mountain 2-4 Lens      BUY NOW!

- Julbo Starwind w/REACTIV High Mountain 2-4 Lens       BUY NOW!

Cheaper options

- Julbo Airflux w/Spectron 3 Lens       BUY NOW!

- Julbo Ventilate w/Spectron 3 lens      BUY NOW!

OTG options

- Julbo Airflux OTG w/Spectron 3 Lens       BUY NOW!

 

 

 

Nose Protection

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Optional. Designed to protect your nose from intense sunlight, this is a UPF rated cloth nose guard that fits onto your glacier glasses. Try the fit on your sunglasses; they should fit well without pushing the frames off your nose. Trim as needed.

Examples

- Beko 2012      BUY NOW!

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Neck Gaiter

Must be UPF rated. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This rating indicates how much UV radiation can penetrate a piece of clothing and reach your skin. UPF 50 rated clothing blocks out 98 percent of UVA and UVB light. Brighter/lighter colors work better for warmer conditions and darker colors for colder conditions.

Examples

- Buff Coolnet UV+     BUY NOW!

- Skida Tour     BUY NOW!

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Half Face Mask/Bavaclava



Zan Headgear Black Neoprene Motorcycle Half Face MaskNeoprene half masks are recommended. They are lighter, lower bulk, weather resistant, and cheap. This will be worn in extreme cold or windy conditions to help cover every inch of skin on the face. We recommend the half mask because wearing it in tandem with goggles and hoods from your layers will cover everything. Essentially you can take a half mask instead of a full mask or bavaclava. If you do have a full mask or bavaclava, make sure they are at least wind resistant, windproof is better.

Examples 

- Zan Headgear Neoprene Half Face Mask       BUY NOW!

- Seirus Original Masque      BUY NOW!

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Face Masks

Cotopaxi Teca Cotton Face Mask | REI Co-opOur current COVID protocols require everyone to wear a face mask or face covering when in an enclosed space or within 6ft of someone. While neck gaiters are acceptable, double layer masks are preferred.

Bring a minimum of 2. 

Examples

- Hyperlite Mountain Gear Face Masks     BUY NOW!

- Cotopaxi Teca Face Mask    BUY NOW!

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Hands

CLICK HERE for more info on Alpine Glove Systems

Liner Gloves

Worn for a majority of your time on the mountain, these should be dexterous and comfortable. Bring 1 pair.

Examples

-  Men's Outdoor Research Vigor Gloves     BUY NOW!

- Women's Outdoor Research Vigor Gloves     BUY NOW!

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Mid-weight “Work” Gloves

This glove needs to have a durable palm, some insulation value, and should be made out of soft-shell or breathable material. These do not need to be waterproof. The likelihood of this glove getting wet either from the snow or from perspiration is pretty high, the breathable material will dry out much faster, which is what you want on longer outings.

Examples  

- Mountain Equipment Direkt Glove     BUY NOW!

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Expedition Gloves 

Guide Gloves, , largeComposed of heavy-duty waterproof shells with a mid-weight liner, these modular gloves MUST have removable liners or be sized to fit a liner glove inside. Should be dexterous enough to handle ropes, carabiners, and ascenders. Gauntlets should extend to mid-forearm.

Examples

- Men's Black Diamond Guide Glove     BUY NOW!

- Women's Black Diamond Guide Glove      BUY NOW!

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Expedition Mittens

The first and often last defense against frostbite. Expedition weight, extremely warm, thick,  and modular mittens should be down or synthetic with a waterproof shell. Gauntlets should extend to mid-forearm. Large enough to allow for liner gloves to be worn underneath. i
 

Examples

- Men's Outdoor Research Alti Mitts       BUY NOW!

- Women's Outdoor Research Alti Mitts      BUY NOW!

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Torso

CLICK HERE for more info on The Layering System

Sports Bra

Smartwool Merino Seamless Racerback Bra | REI Co-opComfortable, activewear. Choose a model without plastic strap adjustments. These can dig into your shoulders while wearing a pack and can lead to injury. Look for a strap that lays flat and smooth against your skin. Bring 2 - one to change into if the other gets wet. Materials: wool or synthetic.

Examples

- Smartwool Merino Seamless Racerback Bra     BUY NOW!

- Icebreaker Merino Sprite Racerback Bra     BUY NOW!

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Moisture Management Base Layer

Must be UPF rated. Clothing serves much better as sun protection than sun screen, that is why we want to try and cover as much skin as possible with UPF rated clothing. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This rating indicates how much UV radiation can penetrate a piece of clothing and reach your skin. UPF 50 rated clothing blocks out 98 percent of UVA and UVB light. We highly recommend a sun hoody. Up to 80% of UV light can make it through a cloud, so UV protection is also needed for overcast days. Synthetic or wool only.

Examples

- Men's Patagonia Technical Sunshade Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Technical Sunshade Hoody    BUY NOW!

- Women's Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Men's Bight Gear Solstice Graphene Hoody    BUY NOW!

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Active Insulation Jacket

This versatile piece is typically worn when it's cold and you are on the move, or you only need a small amount of added insulation when not moving in warmer conditions. Since we generate a lot of heat while moving (especially uphill), the key features of this piece should be lightweight and breathable. Conversely, because this piece is lightweight and breathable, it does not work as a good insulation piece in colder conditions when stationary.
Lightweight “gridded fleece,” or lightweight synthetic insulated jacket. Hood preferred. Down does not work for this layer, you will overheat easier and the perspiration from your body will work towards getting the down wet.
*There are different weights of insulation for synthetic jackets, typical active insulation jackets are 40g/m2 of insulation. If you are a person that tends to run colder or are going out in colder conditions, then you can think about going for 60g/m2 of insulation.

Examples

40g/m2 

- Men's Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka      BUY NOW!

- Women's Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka     BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Proton FL     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Proton FL     BUY NOW!

60g/m2

- Men's Patagonia Nano Air Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Nano Air Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Proton LT      BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Proton LT     BUY NOW! 

Fleece

- Men's Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Hoody      BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Hoody     BUY NOW!

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Soft-shell Jacket/Windproof Layer 

Echo Hooded Jacket
This layer is very versatile and offers a lot of adaptability to variable conditions. Soft-shell is defined as weather 'resistant' and breathable. The main thing we are looking for here is for something to cut the wind. There is a slight spectrum for this type of layer, on one end is the more windproof but less breathable jacket, and on the other there is the less windproof but more breathable jacket. The thin windproof jackets are going to be lighter and more compact, and the more breathable jackets will be more versatile. Always remember that in super high winds, your hardshell jacket seconds as a more effective windproof layer.

Examples

Thin, light, windproof jackets

- Men's Patagonia Houdini Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Houdini Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Squamish Hoody     BUY NOW!

 

Breathable, wind resistant jackets

- Men's Mountain Equipment Echo Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment Echo Hooded Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Men's Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody     BUY NOW!

- Women's Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody     BUY NOW!

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Light Insulation Jacket

Nuclei FL Jacket Men's Nucleus

The goal for this piece is to add warmth to an internal layering system. Depending on clothing system/environmental conditions, may be worn underneath or over top of your shell jacket. The weight and design of this piece will vary based on the other items of climbing that you are bringing. Generally, jackets with 60g - 100g of synthetic sheet insulation are adequate. For Down, look for a fill weight of 100g-150g of 700 or higher fill power. If your general layers seem on the lighter side, or you run cold then go for a heavier weight for this piece.

Weight: 10 - 20oz / 283 – 566 grams

Examples

Synthetic

60g/m2

- Men's Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Nuclei FL Jacket      BUY NOW!

- Men's Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket      BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Atom LT Jacket      BUY NOW!

Warmer options

- Men's Arc'teryx Atom AR     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Atom AR     BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Macro Puff      BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Marco Puff     BUY NOW!

 

Down

- Men's Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket       BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody       BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody     BUY NOW!

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Hard-shell Jacket  

Alpha FL Jacket Men's Meteor
The Hard-shell is defined as a waterproof piece. This layer gives protection against precipitation and high winds. This jacket should be non-insulated and have a helmet compatible hood. If insulation is needed, it can be worn over one or more of the insulation layers. When sizing this piece, make sure you can fit at least two other layers underneath. For fabric, make sure to choose a jacket with 3-layer construction. These will be the most waterproof, breathable, and durable jackets on the market. The waterproof rating is based on pressure, and the lesser constructed jackets will let water through from simple things like sitting or the pressure of backpack straps when carrying your pack. Gore-tex Pro offers the best protection currently, and the most durable construction. 

Examples

- Men's Arc'teryx Alpha FL    BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Alpha AR     BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket     BUY NOW!

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Expedition Parka

K7 JacketThese jackets come in many shapes, sizes and temperature ratings. If you tend to get cold easily, opt for a slightly warmer and more substantial parka. Otherwise, choose a Down parka that is still fully baffled, includes a hood, and offers sufficient coverage over the waist. Stitched through baffle construction is not acceptable, must be a box wall baffle construction throughout the body and arms. One of the main functions of the layering system is to be able to go relatively lighter for this jacket. Worst case all your other layers can be worn to add warmth, with the parka going over everything. Subsequently, the parka needs to be sized to be able to fit layers underneath it.

Weight: 25 - 55oz / 708 – 1560 grams

Fill Materials: Down

Fill Weight: Look for at least 300g of 800 fill Down for size L. If the jacket is using anything less than 800 fill Down, make sure there is substantially more fill weight in the jacket.

Examples

- Men's Mountain Equipment K7 Jacket      BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment K7 Jacket        BUY NOW!

- Rab Expedition 7000 Jacket       BUY NOW!

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Compression Stuff Sack for Expedition Parka

Ultra-Sil_eVent_Compression_Waterproof Dry Bag___3 literUsed to compress down the parka to it's smallest possible size. 

Examples

-Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Dry Sack      BUY NOW!

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 Lower Body 

Undergarments

Bring 1-3 pairs depending on personal preference for changing. Synthetic or wool only.

Examples

- Patagonia Women's Barely Bikini    BUY NOW!

- Patagonia Men's Sender Boxer Brief      BUY NOW!

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Base Layer Pant

Light to mid-weight bottoms made from wool or synthetic material. No cotton.

Examples

- Men's Patagonia Capilene Midweight Bottoms      BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Capilene Midweight Bottoms      BUY NOW!

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Expedition Weight Base Layer Pant

A thicker pair of long underwear bottoms that will serve as an additional insulating layer for use in colder temperatures. Windproof/Windstopper pants are heavier and less functional and will not work for this layer.

Examples

- Men's Byrnje Arctic Longs      BUY NOW!

- Women's Byrnje Arctic Longs      BUY NOW!

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Soft-shell Pants

Sigma FL Pant - Men'sThis is your action layer. Should be stretchy, breathable and wind/snow-resistant. They should not restrict movement. A thigh pocket is a useful feature for storing small items.

Examples

- Men's Arc'teryx Sigma FL Pant     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Sigma FL Pant     BUY NOW!

- Men's Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant     BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment Chamois Pant      BUY NOW!

- Men's Patagonia Simul Alpine Pant     BUY NOW!

- Women's Patagonia Simul Alpine Pant      BUY NOW!

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Hard-shell Pants 

Odyssey PantSimilar to the hard shell jacket, these should be uninsulated and have a 3-layer construction. Full side zips are highly recommended.

Examples

- Men's Mountain Equipment Odyssey Pants     BUY NOW!

- Women's Mountain Equipment Odyssey Pants     BUY NOW!   

- Men's Arc'teryx Beta SL Pants     BUY NOW!

- Women's Arc'teryx Beta SL Pants     BUY NOW!

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Insulated Pants

Photon PantSized to fit over soft shell pants and long underwear layers, these pants are the last line of defense in extremely cold temperatures. Full-length side-zips are a critical feature. Down or synthetic fill. The warmth of this layer will vary based on the temperatures expected on your program.  Reinforced seat and knees recommended.

 

Weight Recommendation:

                            May                                June

Down:        100-150g 800+ fill            60-100g 800+ fill

Synthetic:         100g/m2                          80g/m2

Examples

-Rab Photon Pants         BUY NOW!

-Women's Montbell Tec Thermawrap Pants       BUY NOW!

-Women's Montbell Tec Down Pants        BUY NOW!

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Feet

Socks

Medium Hiker Sock

Bring three over the calf complete changes, more if you know you have very sweaty feet. If planning to wear 8000-meter boots or Intuition liners, bring several light to mid-weight socks and one pair of heavy/warm socks. Adjust your sock system ahead of time to perfect your boot fit. It is always nice to have a heavy/warm pair as a back up and to wear in the tent.

Examples

- FITS Medium Hiker Sock      BUY NOW!

Warmer Option

- Lorpen Inferno Expedition       BUY NOW!

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High Altitude Mountaineering Boots 

G2 SMThis is one of the most important items on this list, proper fit, and function with sock system is a MUST. Double boots are required, designed for extended use in extreme temperatures. Modern synthetic integrated boots (those with a built-in overboot/gaiter) are suitable for this climb. For traditional plastic boots, thermo-mold liners are warmer, lighter, and more comfortable than standard liners. If you have heat-moldable liners in your boots already and you have worn them for several trips, you may want to have them re-fit to ensure that the foam has not compressed and the temperature rating has been retained.

Examples

Modern Synthetic Double Boots

- La Sportiva G2 SM      BUY NOW!

- Scarpa Phantom 6000       BUY NOW!

8000M Boots

- La Sportiva Olympus Mons Cube     BUY NOW!

- Scarpa Phantom 8000      BUY NOW!

 

 

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Overboots

K2 Superlight Overboots

If you have an 8000M boot then these are not required. If you have the La Sportiva G2 SM, then an overboot is optional, but recommended if you tend to get cold feet.  For any other boot, they are a MUST. Please verify these fit over your boots and that your crampons stay on without fail. 

Examples

- 40 Below K2 Superlight     BUY NOW!

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Gaiters

Optional. Recommended only if you are using boots that do not have an integrated gaiter. Make sure they fit to your boots.

Examples

 

- Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters     BUY NOW!

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Camp Booties

Expedition BootiesNice for use in camp, these must be very lightweight and packable. Down or synthetic fill.

Examples

-Western Mountaineering Expedition Booties.      BUY NOW!

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Mountaineering Equipment

Ice Axe - Rentals Available

Petzl - Glacier Ice Axe - One Color A straight shaft is recommended due to them being lighter and cheaper, and an adze is required. If you are planning on doing more advanced mountaineering then a semi-technical axe may be a good investment, reach out for questions. Use the following info as a rough guide on length. Ice axe leashes are not required and not recommended.
Straight Shaft Axe
-5'8" or shorter: 50cm-55cm
-5'9"- 6': 55cm-60cm
-6'1"- 6'3": 60cm-65cm
-6'4" and up: 65cm-68cm

Examples

- Petzl Glacier      BUY NOW!

- SMC Kobah      BUY NOW!

Semi-Technical Axe

- Petzl Sum'tec       BUY NOW!

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Mountaineering Harness - Rentals Available

AltitudeMust be UIAA or CE rated for climbing. This harness should be light and packable. Size it to be able to fit over several layers. Having releasable leg loops is a desired feature so you can put on and take off the harness with boots and crampons still on.

Examples

- Petzl Altitude Harness     BUY NOW!

- Petzl Tour      BUY NOW!

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Climbing Helmet - Rentals Available

Must be UIAA or CE rated for climbing. Make sure it is a good fit for your head.

Examples

- Petzl Sirocco    BUY NOW!

- Petzl Meteor    BUY NOW!

- Black Diamond Vapor     BUY NOW!

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Crampons - Rentals Available

New ClassicModern steel, 12-point, strap-on crampons are recommended. Step-in crampons are easier to put on with cold fingers but can be harder to work well with overboots. Strap-on crampons provide more reliable attachment to boots with overboots. Regardless, be sure crampon, overboot, and boot combination work well together. Make sure that you get a longer linking bar if your boots are too big for the standard one. You must also bring crampon adjustment tools if your crampons require them. Crampons should be suitable for steep ice climbing. Aluminum crampons are not functional on Denali.

Examples

- Grivel G12 New Classic      BUY NOW!

- Petzl Vasak Flexlock     BUY NOW!

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Carabiners

Photon Wire - Straight Gate

Must be UIAA or CE rated for climbing.

MUST be easy to manipulate with large gloves on, lightweight is preferred.

3x large, pear-shaped locking carabiners 

4x wire gate non-locking carabiners   

Carabiners are considered group gear and will wind up changing hands while on the expedition. Label/tape them well if you want your exact carabiners back at the end of the trip.

Examples

Locking carabiners

- CAMP Nimubs      BUY NOW!

- Petzl Attache     BUY NOW!

Non-locking wire gate carabiners

- CAMP Photon Wire Gate     BUY NOW!

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2 Shoulder Length Slings

SingleMust be UIAA or CE rated for climbing.

We require two 60cm (24in.) “single-length” pre-sewn slings, used to attach your ascender to your harness and for other uses throughout the trip. We supply the ascender. Thinner spectra/Dyneema slings are not recommended because they are hard to remove knots from with gloves on.

Examples

- Black Diamond 18mm Nylon Runner      BUY NOW!

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Prusiks

 CLICK HERE for more info on Prusiks

 

Bring 3 lengths of 6mm accessory cord:
5ft
6ft
13ft
Ideally, each strand should be a different color for quick identification. Avoid stiff cord or any cord older than 5 years. 
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Examples

 -Tendon 6mm Accessory Cord      BUY NOW!

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Trekking Poles - Rentals Available

Expedition 3 Ski PolesTwo are required. Need to be collapsable and three section poles are ideal. Leverlock closures are highly recommended. Twist lock closures either break or wear out easily and then there is no good way of fixing them. Even if you don’t normally use trekking poles, on this expedition, in particular, they are invaluable in helping with balance while carrying heavy packs on snowshoes. Poles on the burlier side will be more durable and be more stable with a heavy load.

Examples

- Black Diamond Expedition 3 Poles     BUY NOW!

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Snowshoes - Rentals Available

MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes | evo

Equipped with an integral crampon and/or aggressive traction on the bottom of the snowshoes. Snowshoes can be sized smaller than is typically recommended by manufacturers since deep snow is not common on the climbing route. Large profile basic models made by Tubbs, Atlas, and Sherpa do not work well and are not recommended. Models by MSR are proven and quite durable. Many climbers rent these from AAI as they are hard to travel with. Length should not exceed 25-28 inches.

Examples

-MSR Evo Ascent       BUY NOW!

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Expedition Internal Frame Pack- Rentals Available

AMG™ 105 Backpack AMG™ 105 Backpack, frontLarge internal frame pack should fit your body type. This pack must be at least 5600 cubic inches in size; larger is better if possible. Avoid bells and whistles like large, full-length zippers, separate sleeping bag compartments, etc. It is very important that your pack be in good working order and not prone to failures of any sort.

Size Range: 90-100 Liters / 5600 + cu in.

Examples

- Mountain Hardwear AMG 105     BUY NOW!

Shorter-torso option

- Osprey Xena 85   BUY NOW!

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Large Duffel Bag

Expedition™ Duffel 140 | 675 | XL Expedition™ Duffel 140, Alpine Red, frontYour large duffel (120L-140L) should have a full-length zipper and be of durable construction for use on the mountain to transport gear in your sled. Longer, low height duffels are recommended as opposed to shorter, taller ones because they hold a lower center of gravity in the sled.

Examples

Mountain Hardwear Expedition Duffel 140       BUY NOW!

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Small Duffel Bag

A second duffel (40-60L) or travel bag will be needed to store your town clothes and personal items while on the mountain. This bag will be left in a secure storage area at the glacier flight service base.

Examples

Patagonia Black Hole 55L       BUY NOW!

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Sleep System

Sleeping Bag - Rentals Available

Mountain Equipment ICELINE REGULAR, Marmalade - Fast and cheap shipping -  www.exxpozed.comDown only. Synthetic bags are not acceptable due to their size and weight. Rated to -30F (-34C) for the early and mid-May expeditions; to at least -20F (-28C) for expeditions in June. If you know you sleep cold, consider a -40F (-40C ) for early season trips and a -30F (-34C)for June trips.

Examples

-20F  Mountain Equipment Iceline       BUY NOW!

-30F  Rab Expedition 1200      BUY NOW!

-40F  Mountain Hardwear Phantom -40F      BUY NOW!

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Compression Stuff Sack for Sleeping Bag

Ultra-Sil_eVent_Compression_Waterproof Dry Bag___3 liter

Used to compress down the sleeping bag to it's smallest possible size.

Examples

-Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Dry Bag     BUY NOW!

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Inflatable Sleeping Pad - Rentals Available

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm MAX Sleeping Pad | Backcountry.comRequired. Really important piece of gear here: This is the difference between a good nights sleep and a bad nights sleep. When you lay down in your bag, whether it be on your back, side, or stomach, you are compressing the down and mitigating the insulate properties immensely. That is where the sleeping pad comes in, it not only is there for comfort, but it is also pivotal to insulate that side you are sleeping on properly. Being high in the mountains and sleeping on snow can make things fairly cold, even in the summer months. A winter rated inflatable pad is recommended with an R value of at least 5 being ideal. Pads with an R value of at least 4 are acceptable. Since using bulkier sleeping bags and clothing, going with a bigger sleeping pad, like the rectangular shaped ones instead of the mummy (tapered) ones, can be nice for comfort.

 

CLICK HERE for more info on R-Value

Examples

- Thermarest Neoair XTherm MAX      BUY NOW!

- Mountain Equipment Aerostat 7.0 Down Mat       BUY NOW!

 * MUST HAVE an inflatable pad patch kit with you in case of a puncture.

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Closed-Cell Foam Pad - Rentals Available

Z Lite Sol

Required. This will be placed under your inflatable pad. The closed cell aspect of this pad helps insulate from the snow really well. It also protects your inflatable pad from puncture. This pad works great as a sit pad on snow and rock, and functions as an emergency pad if your inflatable pad gets punctured and your patch kit isn't enough to fix it.

Examples

-Thermarest Z-Lite SOL     BUY NOW!

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Utensils

Alpha Light Long Spork

Bigger is better. Long handle preferred. Plastic and high temp nylons are not recommended as they break easily in cold temps.

Examples

- Sea to Summit Alpha Light Long Spork       BUY NOW!

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Insulated Eating Container

GSI FAIRSHARE MUG II ORANGE - Aquabatics SmithersA lightweight tupperware container with insulation is recommended. Avoid small bowls that are prone to tipping and more fragile (plastic). Metal containers conduct heat more rapidly and lead to colder food and drinks faster than other materials.

NOTE: Wrapping your eating container in closed-cell foam (sleeping pad material) is a Guide’s tip for keeping your food warmer longer.

Examples

- GSI Fairshare Mug II       BUY NOW!

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Thermal Mug

 12-32oz with a lid.

Examples

-Zojirushi SM-LB 48     BUY NOW!

-Zojirushi SM-LB 60     BUY NOW!

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Water BottlesAAI 32oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Two or three water bottles, one-liter wide mouth Nalgene type, are required. 2.5-3 liters of water capacity minimum. Narrow mouth bottles are not functional and should not be used. Hydration bladders are not recommended as they will freeze and stay frozen.

Examples

- AAI Nalgene Ultralight HDPE Wide Mouth Bottle       BUY NOW!

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Water Bottle Parkas

Click here to go to the forty below bottle boot 1 liter product pageThese insulating jackets are for your water bottles to help prevent freezing. Bring one for each bottle.

NOTE: Please write your initials on the outside of the parka, making it easy for your guides to fill up and return them to you.

Examples

- 40 Below Bottle Boot 1L      BUY NOW!

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Other Essentials 

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Colgate Toothpaste and Travel Toothbrush (.85oz) – Pack Simply

Travel size recommended.

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Hand Sanitizer

Citrus Hand Sanitizer Gel, 3.4oz – All Good Products

Required. COVID considerations, as well as general use before eating and after going to the bathroom.

Examples

- All Good Hand Sanitizer Gel       BUY NOW!

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Face and Wet Wipes

COMBAT WIPES GAIA 25 CT.The mountain shower. For personal hygiene and general use. Allot for at least 1-2 a day while on the mountain. Using makeup remover pads have been found helpful for taking off sunscreen.

 

Examples

Women's Specific

-Combat Wipes Gaia      BUY NOW!

Generic

-Combat Wipes Active       BUY NOW!      

 

 

Pee Bottle 

96oz Nalgene CanteneUsed at night or when the weather is poor so you don’t have to get out of your tent. 1-quart size minimum. A collapsible 2L Nalgene recommended. Plastic bottles from the store such as Gatorade bottles can work well but the lids are less secure than a Nalgene. If you choose to bring one of these, use it carefully and make sure the capacity is adequate. Label your pee bottle well.

Examples

- Nalgene 96oz. Wide Mouth Canteen       BUY NOW!
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Foot Powder/Antiperspirant

Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder cooling absorbing itch relieving 10 Oz -  drugsupplystore.comA very small bottle will allow you to treat your feet daily, keep them drier, extend the life of your socks, and help you avoid blisters/rashes from chronic wet feet.

Examples

-Gold Bond Medicated Powder

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Women’s Specific Items

Female Urination Device

Amazon.com : Freshette by Freshette by Freshette : Sports & Outdoors
Pee funnel such as the GoGirl or Freshette. Many female guides prefer a rigid pee funnel.

CLICK HERE for more info!

Examples

-Freshette       BUY NOW!

-TinkleBelle       BUY NOW!

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Menstruation Collection Cup

Amazon.com: DivaCup - Menstrual Cup - Feminine Hygiene - Leak-Free - BPA  Free - Model 1: Health & Personal Care
Even if you do not anticipate being on your period during your expedition, please come prepared to take care of your menstrual needs. Bringing products with limited packaging is preferred to cut down on trash. Continue using what is comfortable. If considering a menstruation collection cup, extensive experience prior to your expedition is highly recommended.

CLICK HERE for more info!

CLICK HERE for even MORE info!

Examples

-Diva Cup       BUY NOW!

-Intima Lily Cup       BUY NOW!

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Sun Protectioni

Sunscreen

Amazon.com: All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - SPF 30 - Zinc Oxide -  Coral Reef Safe - Water Resistant - UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum (3 oz): Beauty

SPF 30+, zinc based is preferred. Small travel size tubes are recommended so you can put them in a pocket for easy access.  Stick applicators allow you to apply without exposing fingers. Only your face and, at times, your hands will be exposed. Several small containers are better than one large one. Sunscreen is prone to freezing in the cold and smaller containers fit well into pockets for warming.Example

- All Good Mineral Sport Sunscreen        BUY NOW!

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Lip Balm

Dermatone Lip Balm & Sunscreen - Performance Bicycle

Bring 2 containers/applicators with the highest SPF available. Zinc oxide also works well (available in pharmacies) as do some models of “chapstick” that have SPF25 or higher.

Examples

- Dermatone Medicated Lip Balm     BUY NOW!   

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First Aide/Repair Kit

 

Personal First Aid Kit

AAI supplies expedition med kits with a supply of prescription drugs. If you have any special needs please communicate them to AAI and plan to bring an adequate supply of your medications based on counsel from medical professionals.


Cuts, Bruises & Blister kit

  • 10 assorted Bandaids
  • Plenty of Compeed, Bandaid, or Dr. Scholls blister pads
  • A packet of moleskin (note: some people are allergic to the glue on moleskin and other medical adhesives.)

Personal Medications

  • Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or Aspirin
  • Immodium (Anti-Diarrhea)
  • Antacids
  • Pepto-Bismol (Stomach Relief)
  • If you suffer from Asthma or significant allergic reactions, please notify AAI and your guide regarding the location and presence of your epi-pen and/or inhaler.

The following drugs require a physician's prescription. Be sure to discuss the use and precautions for each drug with your doctor.

  • Acetazolomide (Diamox) - For prevention or treatment of Acute Mountain Sickness.
  • Choose one broad-spectrum antibiotic that is known to be effective for lung microbes/respiratory tract infections.

o Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim or Septra)

o Levaquin (levofloxacin)

o Gatifloxacin


NOTE: Always consult a doctor when selecting medications and antibiotics for personal use.
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Repair Kit

Keep Calm – K-TypeYour guides will have a full-featured repair kit. You will want a small personal repair kit as well with the following items:

  • Patch Kit for your inflatable sleeping pad.
  • Valve Kit if applicable
  • Tenacious Tape Repair Patches
  • Duct Tape (can be wrapped on water bottles or trekking poles)

 

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Multitool/Knife

Gerber CRUCIAL MULTI-TOOL GREEN - Aquabatics SmithersAny multi tool similar to a Leatherman is great. One can be shared amongst tent-mates. Smaller and simpler is better than overly complex.

Examples

-Gerber Crucial Multitool        BUY NOW!

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 Optional Items

The items below are not required, although many are nice “luxury” items that can make your expedition more enjoyable. Remember that a few ounces here and there add up to extra pounds on your back and knees during your expedition.

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Favorite Snack Food

Optional. Bring no more than one pound of high energy and tasty snack food for high-energy expenditure days (like summit day) and for evening treats while in the tent. If you have special dietary needs, please consult with us.

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Garbage Bags

Bring two or three large ones. They serve a variety of uses. Trash compactor bag, if available, are more durable.

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Entertainment

Books, games, cards, tablet, etc. for stormy days in the tent. AAI provides a solar panel than can be used to charge electronic devices. However, expedition electronics will have first priority.

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Journal and Writing Device

Some climbers like to keep a journal or log for writing on the trip. Ballpoint pens and pencils work well in the cold and at altitude but other ink type pens do not. “Rite-in-the-Rain” notebooks are more durable and more functional for the mountain environment than regular notebook paper.

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Portable Charging Device

Phone charger, battery pack, or small solar panel.

NOTE: Solar panels should only be used to charge battery packs. Battery packs should be used to charge devices. Inappropriate use of a solar panel could lead to the depletion of a device’s power.

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Ear Plugs

For defense against snoring and high winds.

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Insect Repellant

Recommended for use in Talkneetna and Anchorage. If bringing repellent look for more concentrated repellent in smaller containers. Pack it in a Ziploc bag to prevent contaminating other items in your pack.

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Camera

Phone cameras are preferred. SLR cameras are not recommended due to their size and bulk. Small point and shoot cameras that can easily be carried in an outside pocket or small case outside your pack. If you can’t comfortably and safely carry your camera outside your pack, even in bad weather, you’ll miss the best photo opportunities.

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Headlamp? Not Needed….

By mid-May there is very little darkness in the Alaska Range and headlamps are not needed. Climbers on early May trips may choose to bring a small headlamp for the few hours in the late night or early morning that it is close to dark, but most people will not need one. If you do bring one it should be very small and very light like the Petzl Tikka or Black Diamond Ion.

** If you are taking a Denali Prep course in Washington, then a headlamp is needed. 300-450 lumens recommended.

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Post-Climbing Clothing

Plan ahead and pack some clean clothes (and flip flops!)  in your duffel at the airstrip to change into when you get off the glacier.