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Getting gear sorted on the Tarmac in China

Technical Ski and Glacier Kit:

  • Climbing Pack (30 – 40 liters), Recommended Mammut Nirvana ski pack 35l or Trion Guide 35l
  • Ski poles with mid sized basket, telescoping best, Back Diamond flick lock work best
  • Mid Fat Skis, say 95-100ish under foot is recommended to balance the tour and turning, something like the Dynafit Manaslu
  • Alpine touring bindings or Tele Bindings with the correct screw head bit and extra screws, Recommended any Plum or Dynafit freeride binding
  • Climbing Skins and Skin Wax, These must be cut from edge to edge with only a couple mil of base relief, well conditioned skins will be a time saver if in doubt re-glue a couple thin layers allowing 24hr dry time between layers
  • Ski Touring Boots, Therma fit liners and custom foot beds highly recommended
  • Ski crampons are a must! Tele bindings will necessitate finding a compatible system that will work for you. Some folks use a Dynafit plate mounted under the toe piece to slip in a Dynafit crampon, need to be connected to pack within arms reach with a non locking carabiner Climbing Harness (needs to fit over shell pants /coats ) Recommended Mammut Alpine light harness, lighter and less bulky the better preferable with a belay loop and quick slide lock buckles
  • Crampons (12 point, semi-rigid with anti ball plates),make sure they interface well with the walk/ski mechanism off the boot, Recommended Petzle Vasak or This is one time I would recommend using aluminum crampons such as the Grivel Haute Rt. a combo of steel and Al. Or Camp makes some nice Al. ones as well
  • Alpine Axe (50-60cm), Recommended Petzle Summit or Sum 'Tec
  • Avalanche Shovel, Recommended G3 Avitech
  • Avalanche Probe Minimum 235 cm, Recommended BD Guide 300
  • Avalanche Transceiver, Recommended Mammut Pulse
  • 2 locking pear shaped carabiners
  • 2 non-locking oval carabiners
  • 5.5 meters/18' of 7mm perlon cord for anchor material
  • 1.5 meter/4' of 6mm perlon cord for prusik loops
  • Long rubber ski straps 1 or 2


  • 2 Polar fleece or wool ski hats
  • Baseball hat or visor (dark underside of visor)
  • Buff (goggle them, their amazing) or fleece neck warmer
  • Sunglasses or glacier glasses w/ retainer strap (wrap around or w/shields is best) 100% UV protection, Recommended Julbo Explorer alt arc 4 lens
  • Goggles with light lens for low viability, Highly recommend Julbo Zebra
  • Sunscreen and Lip screen , min 30 SPF

Upper Body

  • 1 Synthetic or Wool t-shirt
  • Light Weight Synthetic or Wool Long Sleeve base layer
  • Expedition Weight Synthetic Long Sleeve shirt
  • Schoeller Soft shell Jacket with hood or Heavy Weight Fleece Recommended Mammut Ultimate Jacket
  • Hard Shell Jacket (waterproof breathable),Recommended Mammut Grade Jacket
  • Insulating jacket/Puffy (synthetic fill or down)
  • Recommended Mammut Stratus Hoody or Stratus Flash something to throw over everything for a break but light weight and packable as well

Lower Body:

  • Underwear as needed (synthetic preferred).
  • Light or Mid-weight Synthetic long underwear bottoms
  • Schoeller Soft Shell Pants , Recommended Mammut Champ or Glacier pant, Patagonia Backcountry Guide
  • Lightweight Shell pants must have side zippers to at least knee high, Recommended Patagonia Rain Shadow Pants
  • Puff Ball insulated Pants (Patagonia Puff pant) or pile/fleece Pants Big with side zips to go over everything for hanging in camp


  • 2 pairs of light synthetic/wool ski socks socks
  • 2 pair big fat expedition socks for camp use
  • Mukluks for camp wear –with down booties. Use a felt inner sole or customize one from ensolite. Waterproof the bottom sole of the mukluk. Sorel-type boots also a possibility
  • Pack Towel for drying feet

Camping Gear:

  • A Four season sleeping bag rated to at least –10 (minus ten)
  • Air mattress incorporated within a chair/pad unit
  • Ensolite pad (closed cell foam, ridge-rest type): full length
  • Four season tent –inquire as to it being appropriate for the trip!


  • 2 1-liter water bottles with Insulation Covers or 1 if thermos
  • .5-1 liter thermos for hot brew (optional)
  • 1 headlamp (w/ fresh batts), Recommended Black Diamond Spot
  • 1 toiletry kit (toothbrush & small tube paste, lip balm, gold bond, feminine
  • hygiene, ear plugs, Toilet Paper, handi-wipes or hand sanitizer, hand lotion)
  • 1 Personal First-Aid kit (includes band-aids, blister kit/compeed, meds, cough drops, ibuprofen)
  • Prescription eyeglasses back up to contact lenses
  • Pee Bottle , Used wide mouth Nalgene best
  • Insulated Cup/Bowl with Utensils
  • Small stuff sacks to organize clothing and gear
  • Camera w/ extra battery & card
  • Paperback Book and Journal
  • Lighter on a leash
  • Favorite snack foods (will provide snack food as well)
  • Compass and/or GPS (optional)

AGI and SVT provides:

Food, group medical kit, repair kit, stoves, fuel, kitchen, maps, compass/thermometer, and a wax kit for skis, sleds . A radio/satellite phone, Spot, sleds, snow saws, ropes and crevasse rescue gear, wands. We also can pull together rental camping equipment as needed.

Alpine Guides International
Mark Puleio
101 Commonwealth Ave
Hyde Park, VT 05655