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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
[email protected]
101 Commonwealth Ave
Hyde Park, VT 05655