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					                   RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT FOR COMBINED
              SOUTH POLE LAST DEGREE AND MT. VINSON EXPEDITION

Colour Coding: Mixed       Sledding      Climbing                          strict 23kg allowance
No.                                            You Must Supply                                             √
TRAVEL
1      duffel bag – XL to carry all your gear in
1      day pack – for carry-on, large (40-40 L) but lightweight, can also be used as sledding harness
CAMPING
       sleeping bag with hood (-40C minimum rated), down is lighter and more compact than
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       synthetic. Mummy shape is warmest.
1      Thermarest inflatable mattress, full length
1      foam sleeping mat – closed cell, suggest Ridgerest or Karrimat
1      conversion seat for Thermarest, rests your back in the tent, expedition-weight
1pr    tent boots – with firm non-lip sole for quick trips outside the tent
1      bowl – Lexan plastic or unbreakable, 1 litre, lid is handy
1      mug – insulated, with lid, broad base for stability
1      spoon - Lexan plastic or unbreakable
1      thermos flask – 1 litre unbreakable (stainless steel) thermos flask, with pouring screw lid
1      Nalgene bottle - 1 litre with Outdoor Research insulated cover
CLOTHING
       windproof jacket –unlined, generous hood with wire rim, full-length zip, lots of big pockets.
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       Suggest Mountain Hardwear Recon. Sew fur ruff on inside rim of hood.
1      insulated jacket – down filling, big hood and collar, pockets. DO NOT USE A ONE-PIECE DOWN SUIT
1      fleece jacket – heavyweight, full length zip, the more pockets the better
2      fleece pullover – 1 x lightweight, 1 x midweight zip neck
2      thermal top, 1 x midweight, 1 x heavyweight, zip neck NO COTTON
1      windproof pants - full leg zips, bib preferred, generous fit, suggest Mountain Hardwear Recon
2      fleece pants – midweight ie. Polartec 200
2      thermal pants – 1 x midweight, 1 x expeditionweight NO COTTON
1      fleece hat – heavyweight, covers ears, built-in visor is handy, it gets very sunny in Antarctica
1      baseball cap – expandable, so it can be worn over fleece hat if you don’t have a visor
1      lightweight fleece hat – as backup
1      balaclava – lightweight fleece
1      face mask – neoprene, suggest Outdoor Research Gorilla Mask
1      neck gaiter or ‘buff’ – fleece, can be used for all sorts of facial/head/neck protection
2pr    lightweight liner gloves
1pr    gloves – mountaineering with removable liner
2pr    gloves – Windstopper, midweight fleece or wool. Worn over liners and under mittens
1pr    over-mitts - windproof, breathable, unlined, for wearing over fleece mittens
2pr    mittens – heavyweight fleece or wool, to wear under over-mitts
4pr    thick socks –dacron or wool
2pr    thin liner socks –nylon/synthetic or thin wool
1pr    vapour barrier (VBL) socks – Black Diamond or sturdy plastic bags without holes are OK
SKIING/CLIMBING
       backpack – 80-90 litre, internal frame, padded waist belt and padded shoulder straps (will be
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       used for climbing and can be used as harness for sledding)
4      karabiners - 3 x clip, 1 x screw gate
       trekking boots – insulated winter boots rated to –60C. Knee high. Suggest: Baffin Impact.
pr     Make sure they have a high toe box so that you can get lots of insulation under your feet. They
       should also be large enough to wear two pairs of socks and still wiggle your feet and toes. Note:
     Many “winter boots” including some other Sorel models such as the Sorel Caribou are NOT warm
     enough for polar temperatures. Do not use mountaineering or Alpine Touring boots.
     mountaineering boots – plastic with high altitude liner (keep your boots in hand luggage in
     case of luggage misdirection)
pr   Option 1 – LaSportiva Olympus Mons, Millet Everest II, all-in-one boot and gaiter
     Option 2 – Koflach Arctic Expedition, Asolo Ottmilla, Scarpa Inverno, combined with overboot
     NOTE: Suggest you keep your boots in your hand luggage when traveling to Punta Arenas.
pr   overboots or supergaiters. Suggest Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero, or OR Brooks Ranger
pr   crampons – quick release adjusted to overboots (fit at home first). Grivel G12. Avoid strap-on.
1    mountaineering ice axe (60cm), technical ice axes are not suitable
1    climbing sit harness
12m 7mm rope – with core, for making prussiks and numerous other purposes
1    5mm cord - 2 metres (quality cord with core). Used to modify backpack as harness
pr   touring skis - with full-length metal edges
pr   ski bindings - suited to winter boots. We manufacture and sell the Flexi binding. Enquire
pr   ski skins – full length, secured firmly
pr   ski poles – wide basket, generous wrist loops for big mittens, telescopic
1    goggles – quality, tinted, 100% UV protection
1    sunglasses – wrap around or glacier glasses, 100% UV, plastic frame
1    compass - balanced for southern hemisphere
OTHER
1    watch with alarm
1    pee bottle – wide-mouth Nalgene 1 litre (they don’t leak)
1    Swiss Army knife or Leatherman DO NOT CARRY IN HAND-LUGGAGE ON ANTARCTIC FLIGHTS
1    4mm cord – 10 metres (quality cord with core)
1    small sewing kit
1    suncream and lipscreen – SPF 45 minimum
1    personal toiletries – minimum (remember, anything liquid will freeze)
1    wash cloth and quick-dry towel
1    personal medical kit
             personal medication (PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 4 WEEKS SUPPLY)
            blister kit
            medical tape
            pain killers
     spare contact lenses or prescription glasses
3    underwear
6    stuff sacs various sizes and colours, for separating clothes and food etc in your sled
1    diary and pencil
OPTIONAL
1    book to read
1    stills camera and film
1    video camera, film
     power charging system, batteries or solar panel
4    heat packs for gloves
1    change of clothes for after the expedition
1    eyeshades for sleeping in 24-hour daylight
1    earplugs, for airplane and snorers
1    GPS – handheld, mark 90 degrees as a memento
pr   hiking boots for around Patriot Hills

                           Colour Coding: Mixed              Sledding               Climbing

A limited number of sleeping bags, winter boots, expedition parkas and wind pants are available for hire. Enquire. We
suggest that you bring your own boots and wind pants however to ensure a comfortable fit for active movement.
Remember, there is a strict 23kg allowance. This does not include food.
Consult with Icetrek if you are unsure of any equipment. You will be familiarized with the use of all equipment prior to
the expedition. Also consult the Equipment Suggestions document

				
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