Denali West Buttress Equipment List - Camping Equipment


Four season expedition tents are provided by AAI for all Alaska climbing programs.



Sleeping Bag

*Rentals Available, but very limited.

Down 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 take this into consideration when purchasing/selecting your bag.

Weight: 60 – 80 oz / 1. 7-2.2 kg 
Shell Materials
:  Drilite, Dryloft, eVent, Epic, nylon Fill Materials: Down
Examples include: Feathered Friends Ptarmigan, Feathered Friends Snowgoose, Marmot Cwm, Mountain Equipment Everest and Iceline, Western Mountaineering Bison.



Closed Cell Foam




Sleeping Pads

*Rentals Available

Two are required. One should be a full-length closed cell foam pad. The second pad can be either a closed cell pad or an inflatable pad. It can be ¾ length or full length. Your inflatable pad should be a modern, lightweight, and packable version. Newer pads are less bulky and can be folded in half when rolled so that they take up only a tiny portion of your packs’ volume. Old Thermarests with metal valves are not acceptable as the valves freeze. Be sure to have a patch kit for your inflatable pad.

Weight: 8-20 oz each / 225 – 565 grams each

Compression Stuff Sack

Used to shrink your sleeping bag into the smallest size possible.

Weight: 2-4 oz / 56 – 110 grams Materials: SilNylon, eVent, or similar 




Large internal frame Pack

*Rentals Available

Choose the pack that fits your body type best. This pack should be at least 80L / 4800 cubic inches in size; larger is better if possible. An external frame is not adequate or functional. Avoid bells and whistles like large, full-length zippers, separate sleeping bag compartments, etc. Many top-brand packs weigh up to 8 Lbs, but there are a few better ones that weigh closer to five or six pounds. It is very important that your pack be in good working order and not prone to failures of any sort. Our packs are a hugely important item and a climber may not be able to continue due to a pack failure.

Weight: 4 - 6.5 lbs / 1.81 - 2.9kg Size Range: 80-100Liters / 4800-5500+ cu in.

Examples include: Dana Designs Terraplane, Osprey Aether 90, Gregory Denali Pro, Arc’teryx Bora 80 Mountain Hardware BMG 105.










Eating Utensils

  • Spoon: Bigger is better. Lexan is the material of choice although metal is fine as well.
  • Thermal mug: 16-20oz with a lid. A 16oz wide mouth Nalgene with a bottle cozy is a favorite of our guides.
  • Personal Eating Container: A lightweight flat-bottomed type of container is recommended. Avoid round-bottomed bowls since they are prone to tipping. Lightweight plastics and metals should be avoided for durability and heat conduction reasons.


2.5-3 liters of water capacity minimum. Two or three water bottles, usually one-liter wide mouth Nalgene type, are required. Narrow mouth bottles are not functional and should not be used. Other similar plastic bottles (e.g. Gatorade) can work also. Hydration systems with hoses are not recommended. You should have extensive experience with a hydration system in extreme cold if you choose to bring one on Denali. Once they freeze they stay frozen for the duration of the trip.


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