When it comes to going out on mountaineering trips (much
like any other form of hiking), the most important key factor for insuring a
high overall enjoyment level throughout your trip is to have good equipment
that is properly suitable for your trip and the environment that you will be
moving through. Your gear choices should be closely linked to the type of
mountain that you will be hiking through and the types of weather conditions
that you are most likely to end up encountering. Alaska Heliskiing
One of the most important things that you should plan out is
your choice of clothing for your trip. The basic ideas and method for planning
out your clothing when you are going on a mountaineering trip should not differ
too much from the basics of dressing yourself for any other type of hiking.
Basically, the same three layer system should be used; however, a few important
modifications should also be made as well. It is infinitely better to simply
take multiple thin layers of clothing instead of a few thick layers when you go
out on any type of hiking trip in difficult or cold weather. Canadian Mountain Holidays
Super Insulation Layer
If you are going out climbing in somewhat more severe
arctic conditions, then a "Super Insulation" layer is probably necessary.
These items should include:
- "Expedition" down parka with a good hood and wind tunnel
- Down pants or
"Expedition" pile pants
This layer provides protection from wind, rain, sleet, and
snow, without allowing the build-up of condensation inside the clothing system.
The shell layer items that you should take with you are:
- Parka Shell -
loosely fitted, with a hood, wind tunnel and plenty of pockets
- Wind pants that
are fitted for layers
- Mittens fitted
large with long sleeves and removable liners
- Light weight face
mask or balaclava
The conditions experienced in lower glacier travel are often
very hot when the sun is out, or wet and cold when it is snowing. Several
medium weight layers of synthetic clothes work best in these circumstances. You
can choose from all sorts of technical synthetic fabrics or use a wool sweater
or any other shirt made of fleece or pile. Do not use an insulation layer that
is made from cotton as when they get wet when you perspire, it will take ages
These items should
- Shirt(s) for
hiking during good weather - T-shirts are OK, but quick-drying synthetic fabric
shirts are far better.
- Wool or fleece
sweater or synthetic insulated jacket
- Wool shirt or
sweater, second fleece/pile jacket, vest, etc… as an additional layers
- Fleece pants -
side zips are nice as they come in handy if you are getting too hot
- Each climber
should bring synthetic gloves and extra mittens.
Base Layer Base Layer
To keep the moisture away from your skin, bring two pairs of
long johns, top and bottom - synthetic fabric and not cotton.
If you travel through the lowlands during the summer months
you will need a good white sun hat, effective mosquito repellent, rain gear and
mosquito netting for tents.