Gear lists

Knowing what gear to take to any adventure is important; forget your rain coat on a rainy day and the rest of the trip might be ruined. It is often the right tool makes the job easy, hence, I’ll provide a basic list of gear for the guided trips:

Gear list 1: (for Nevado & other daytrips)

  • Fleece jacket and rain coat or wind breaker, preferably Gore-Tex or something equivalent.
  • Lightweight comfortable walking pants, (no jeans). Rain pants are a good idea if the weather is not nice.
  • Comfortable & sturdy footwear. Avoid fancy sneakers -they’ll be ruined- and opt for medium weight trekking boots.
  • Medium or lightweight gloves, waterproof if possible.
  • Sunblock & sunglasses.
  • Headlamp/torch, (something that looks like this).
  • 2 litres of water and snacks for the day (granola, random cookies or better yet, chocolate :-)
  • Small backpack -around 30 litres. (Only for day trips).
  • Personal medical kit; bandages, band aids and painkillers (aspirin, tylenol, advil, etc). These work wonders to stop headaches induced by acute mountain sickness.
  • Tissue or toilet paper and a trash bag to discard them. Runny noses -and occasionally runny stomachs- can be had by anyone.
  • A hat of some sort is probably a good idea.
  • Don’t forget your camera!

Gear list 2: (for Iztaccíhuatl and Pico)

  • Include everything from Gear list 1 and add:
  • 1-2 litres of water -3-4 L total- and food for dinner & breakfast. Carbohydrates, dried fruit and sandwiches are all time favourites.
  • Any sleeping bag good for around 5 °C.
  • Sleeping mat; thermarest or something similar.
  • Internal frame backpack -around 60 litres-.
  • Some sleeping clothes & an extra pair of socks. Don’t take unnecessary clothes, keeping the weight low is important.
  • If you have stiff mountaineering boots with step on crampons and an ice axe you can bring them along. If not, we will provide you with a proper ice axe and strap on crampons.
  • If you are used to trekking poles, bring them.
  • A helmet is not a bad idea either, we can usually provide one as well.
  • Extra clothes for the return home. These will be left in the van.
  • For Pico de Orizaba, a harness and a locking carabiner is usually needed, again, if you don’t have one we can arrange something.

If you are unsure whether you should bring something or have any comment, don’t hesitate in contacting me: mexicoclimbing@gmail.com.