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Upcoming
Expeditions

Equipment List

MOUNTAIN RECREATION
EQUIPMENT LIST

Equipment is basically designed to enhance our exerience and protect us from harsh climates. Too often people think that the quantity of gear and personal pleasure are directly proportional. Some have the notion that equipment buys safety. Safety has more to do with experiece and risk taking. Over-equipping is like siege climbing and the cutting of "bucket" steps; boring, laborious and totally detracting from the freedom of the sport. Select your clothing and equipment carefully, according to ppersonal experience. We have listed the essential items based on our experience.
USE IT AS A GUIDELINE. "An impliment shouldn't be an impediment."

GENERAL List: (print out this list and check off items as you pack)
Parka - Wind and waterproof - Gortex w/ waterproof guarantee,.
It’s comfortable and expensive.
 
Underclothes - Polyester or merino. A turtle neck with zip gives neck protection.
Rec: Earth, Sea, Sky -
see MtnRec retail list
 
Pants - Zip-up WarmUps or Long Johns, nordic ski pants.
Full-length Zips enable pants & overpants to go over boots or crampons.
 
Socks - Seamless, sports, wool mix for warmth. Only 1pr w/Plastic boots for smaller fit.  
Hat - Sunhat for bright neves (MountainRec Baseball Cap.)
Balaclava/Ski hat for blizzards.
 
T-shirt (or business shirt/blouse) for glacier travel, heat reflection and sleeping
(to avoid polyprop smell)
(MtnRec w/logo)
 
Gloves, Mitts,- 3 pairs - Polyprop./light wool gloves for mod. temps. & technical climbing.
Pile Gauntlets for blizzards. Wrist elastics prevent loss
Overmitts
Prevent wetting, increase warmth & snowcaving.
 
Overpants - Zip sided (full-length) lightweight. For blizzards.Pref. micro-porous material.  
Jersey/Pullover Fleece/Pile with high collar. (We have Earth, Sea, Sky 100 wt /wMtnRec logo & 200wt MtnRec Vests)  
Gaiters - Kneelength. Zips or buckles for snow. Velcro/domes for mud. Avoid elastic at ankles. (MtnRec)  
Sunglasses - Dark(Amber) In robust container. Goggles tend to fog.
Glacier glasses with removable sheilds are best. Suncreme Strong; plus zinc creme,
lip salve and moisturiser.
 
Scarf/Bandanas - Large & lightweight for cover-up of neck & face on the "sun bowl" glaciers.  
First Aid Kit - For cuts, burns, blisters abrasions.
Include Spenco blister kit Crepe bandage, lots of tape for feet.
 
Sleeping Bag - Compact. Down or hollofil. Silk liner for extra warmth. Rec: One Planet Rockledge w/dryloft (550gms down)  
Knife, fork, spoon, cup, bowl (Latter two large)
Waterbottle
One litre, preferably with wide mouth
Toilet Gear - include toilet paper
 
Pack - Large enough for 20kgs. Must have straps on
outside for ice axe, crampons, and sleeping pad. Check out the One Planet Stilletto
 
Headlamp - For early starts and late returns.  
Running Shoes/hiking boots: To avoid blisters we wear light footwear in the valleys.
Check out Salomon Mid Exits (sticky grippy Contragrip soles)
 
   
SKI MOUNTAINEERING TOURS (Add to General List)
Skis - Should be in good serviced condition with sharp edges and a tuned base.
Bindings must have a lifting heel. (alpine touring bindings).
 
Climbing Skins - Straps or stick-on in good repair. Stick-on skins should have a heel hook.  
Ski Poles - Preferably with avalanche probe capability.  
Avalanche Transceiver - Either 475kHz in good condition with fresh batteries.  
Snow Shovel - Robust-square mouth.(Min. 2 pr group)
Avalanche Probes - Either in ski poles or folding probes
 
Snow Saw - For snow profiles and igloos.
Snow Profile Kit - For Aval. assessment.
 
Repair Kit - Screw driver, pliers,wire,wax etc (1 per group)
Map & Compass, Altimeter & GPS Optional
 
Stove - MSR (1 per 3) Billy With lid, tongs and scrubber  
White Spirits - One litre p/p for 4days (More if melting snow)  
   
FOR GLACIER TRIPS:
Ice Axe Metal Shaft. Shorter axes are preferred by shorter climbers and on steep climbing.
Average length: 65cm /75cm. A tie on 20mm webbing wrist sling is rec.
 
Crampons: Clip on versions suit plastic boots best. Long spikes are more
versatile for NZ conditions. The fit must be secure with adquate toe point length.
 
Climbing Harness: Lightweight with adjustable leg loops.
Climbing Rope - Lightweight, 30-40m, 1 per 3.
 
Prussik Slings 2 each (Full set of slings/10metres,6mm rope)
Pulleys - 2 per rope
 
Karabiners - One locking, one lightweight.  
Ski Mountaineering Boots  
   
ASPIRING SKILLS COURSE (Add to General List)
( Also Mailorder Equipment Sales)
Mountain Boots: High quality leather or Plastic. Toes should not quite touch the front. (Leather boots, rigid)  
Sleeping Pad - Essential for bivouacs and snowcaving.  
Karabiners: 2 Locking(1 pearbiner), 3 plain
Harness: Lightweight w/adjustable leg loops
 
Prusik Slings: 10metres of 5mm braided nylon or pre made prussiks (4)  
Hard Hat - lightweight and compact: To protect No.1  
Bivouac Bag: For sleeping in the snowcaves. Micro-porous material.
Rec: Mtn Rec. HiPro-Vent 2000, & 8,000mm.
 
Belay Plate: Stitch plates & Air Traffic Controls are currently the best.  
   
ALPINE-ICE COURSE (Add to General and Aspiring Skills Lists)
Rope: 9mm (half) or 9.6mm (full) x 50mtre(pref.) For personal use. One per two persons.  
Ice Screws - One - titanium (pref.) 22mm+ Two for February courses (1 screw/1 drive-in)  
Karabiners: Extra 2  
Snowstakes: 2 ; h’duty channel or angle section pref. with
cable loops/avoid lightweight versions.
Mtn Rec. made
 
Slings: 2 only - 1.5m x 25mm or similar (general use- shoulder/waist length)  
1 only - 3.0m x 25mm or similar (a long general use sling) Rec: Mtn Rec "AnchorChain"  
1 only 1.6m x 20mm sewn sling (For personal anchor to ice axe sling for snow anchors)  
Pulleys: 2 w/large open flanges  
Ice Hammer or North Wall Hammer: Essential for dual axe climbing and
snowstake placement.
 
Holster: For ice Hammer. Loops on Pack waistbelt are very useful & can be sewn on by Mtn Rec.($10)  
Rock Chocks: 3 assorted or 2 Friends/TCU (1 1/2 - 2 1/2 sizes approx.)  
   
Cooker/Stove : 1 stove between three persons. We provide the fuel- white spirits/shellite)  
Billy: One large w/lid  
*Also see MailOrder Equipment Sales for recommended & stock brands.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT
Daily Rate (From Wanaka)
Ice Axes
North Wall Hammer
Crampons - technical
Climbing Harness
Karabiners
Ice Screws
Helmet
Climbing Boots-PLASTIC
Leather
Gortex Jacket
Snow Gaiters
Sleeping Bags

Bivouac Bag
PVC/Fibrepile Gauntlets
Climbing Pack
We can also repair and modify equipment.


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