Mexico Volcano Climber
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
Mountaineering boots - see Mountaineering Equipment
Shoes / Trainers / sneakers or similar
Trekking trousers / pants
Windproof and waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal baselayer shirts
T-shirts or casual shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
Warm hat and thermal balaclava
Eyewear Sunglasses (Cat 4)
Thermal gloves or mittens
Warm and waterproof over-gloves or mittens
Backpack/rucksack of around 50 liters (needs to be large enough to carry personal equipment, food and provisions to high camps)
Plastic lightweight bowl, mug, spoon, knife, fork
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
4 season sleeping bag**
Thermarest or similar sleeping mat**
Sleeping bag liner
Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
Washbag and toiletries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite), glucose tablets, and multi-vitamin tablets.
The following items are optional:
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Camera / memory cards/ batteries
Mountaineering boots - See notes below**
Ice axe (medium sized walking axe)*
Crampons (preferably with step-in bindings)*
Mountaineering or climbing harness*
Karabiners (2 x screwgate)*
Sling (120cm. / 3ft.)*
Mountaineering Boots - For the climb on Orizaba you will need warm and substantial mountain boots designed for Alpine conditions. These should be a minimum grade of B2.
Equipment Hire - Equipment marked * can be provided locally and free of charge if you do not have (or wish to take) your own. If you do want to take advantage of this, please contact the KE office to reserve the relevant equipment. Equipment marked with ** including: Mountaineering boots and/or crampons, sleeping bags & thermarests can be hired however there is a charge for this.
PHD Gear Advisor
PHD specialise in cold weather equipment, from the worlds lightest right up to the most protective for Everest or the Poles. Its a large range. So to help you choose what you need to keep you warm, PHD have listed the gear that is appropriate for this expedition.
Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)
Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.