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ELBRUS EXPEDITION

PACKING + GEAR GUIDE

 
 

Use this Elbrus packing checklist as a guide for what to pack for our upcoming expedition in the Caucasus Mountains! The most important item on the packing list is footwear. Mountaineering boots or double boots are necessary for the summit and some of the acclimatization hikes. The other days on the mountain you will be wearing your hiking boots, so ensure they are adequately broken in and Gore-Tex. Double boots, as well as several other mountaineering items indicated with an (*) below can be rented locally through our partner. Also, remember cotton is rotten (pro tip!), and wicking material is always the way to go for multi day hiking trips where you need to layer and rewear your clothing. You will be responsible for carrying your large duffel of gear on the lifts to our base camp/barrel huts. However, for whatever reason, if the lifts are not working, you will have to hike with your duffel for approximately one hour, so please keep that in mind when packing and choosing your duffel. While you’re on Elbrus, you’ll be able to store additional luggage for the rest of your travels safely at the hotel.  For off the mountain, you'll want comfortable shoes and lightweight items for travel and daily wear. The temps in the valley can be warm during the day, but are cooler at night, so it’s a good idea to pack a jacket and pants for this.

Last, but certainly not least, everyone’s body is different, so keep that in mind as you are going through this list! You're all experienced adventurers, so you know this, but, if you get cold easily, bring an extra down or more layers. If you lose your appetite at altitude bring more of your favorite snacks for summit day. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use your own discretion and best judgement when packing for an adventure of this kind! Please don't hesitate to email us with any questions.

 
 

ELBRUS EXPEDITON GEAR GUIDE

* = AVAILABLE TO RENT LOCALLY

 

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

 

PASSPORT
Valid at least 6 months after adventure dates.

RUSSIAN VISA
We will be sending you more information for obtaining your Russian VISA closer to your adventure.

2 PHOTOCOPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT

2 COPIES OF THE VISA PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT

 
 

Clothing

 

2 PAIRS OF HIKING PANTS OR LEGGINGS

1 FLEECE PANTS OR TIGHTS

1 MID-WEIGHT THERMAL BOTTOM

1 SOFTSHELL WIND + WATERPROOF PANT
With side-leg zippers. Should be roomy enough to fit over all other layers on summit. GORE-TEX recommended.

1 INSULATED PANT
Think warm ski pants. These will be worn on the summit!

2 LIGHTWEIGHT SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS
For warmer days on the lower slopes. Wicking + quick-dry recommended.

2 LIGHTWEIGHT LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS
Wicking + quick-dry recommended.

1-2 MID-WEIGHT THERMAL TOPS

1 MID-WEIGHT FLEECE JACKET

1 SOFTSHELL OUTER LAYER
Optional. Can be used for extra warmth, or on days with very light precipitation.

1 SOFTSHELL WATER + WINDPROOF JACKET
With hood and pit zippers. Should be roomy enough to fit over layers on summit night. GORE-TEX recommended.

*1 WARM DOWN PARKA DOWN JACKET RATED TO -10°C / 14°F
The higher the quality of down the better! It should be roomy enough to fit over all layers, and will be worn during the summit attempt.

UNDERWEAR

 
 

FOOTWEAR

 

*MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS
Should be insulated leather or double boots with a stiff sole and crampon compatible.

STURDY GORE-TEXT HIKING BOOTS WITH ANKLE SUPPORT
Make sure they are broken-in!

CAMP SHOES
Running shoes, trail shoes, crocs or sneakers.

5-6 PAIRS MID-HEAVYWEIGHT HIKING + MOUNTAINEERING SOCKS
Wool and synthetic materials only.

3 LINER SOCKS

 
 

Mountaineering Gear

 

*CRAMPONS
With protectors.

*ICE AXE
With protector.

HEADLAMP WITH EXTRA BATTERIES

LARGE BACKPACK OR DUFFEL
This will hold all your gear on the mountain. It should be able to be carried as a backpack.

(2) 1 L THERMOS BOTTLES FOR WATER
These will prevent water from freezing and will be important for the summit attempt.

3 L WATER BLADDER WITH INSULATED POUCH AND HOSE
This will most likely freeze on the summit, but can be used on other days of hiking.

15 - 25 L DAYPACK

*TREKKING POLES

*HARNESS

*2 LOCKING CARABINERS

*2 NON-LOCKING CARABINERS

*SKI GOGGLES

With side-shields or glacier glasses.

*SLEEPING BAG RATED TO -5 °C / 23°F

 
 

Mountain Accessories

 

SUN HAT OR BASEBALL CAP

WARM FLEECE HAT/BEANIE

BANDANA

WINDPROOF GLOVES
To be used on the mountain during the day and on acclimatization hikes.

FLEECE LINER GLOVES
To go under the large mountaineering gloves.

*LARGE, WARM MOUNTAINEERING GLOVES
GORE-TEX recommended.

BALACLAVA

WINDPROOF FACE MASK

To be used in case of cold strong wind.

*SNOW GAITERS
Full-sized waterproof gaiters that will fit snugly over mountaineering boots

POLARIZED SUNGLASSES WITH RETAINER STRAP

 

TRAVEL Accessories

 

SUITCASE
To be stored at the hotel with your extra clothing that you don't take on the mountain.

NALGENE WATER BOTTLE

SWIMSUIT
For a sunbath or sauna off the mountain!

SMALL QUICK-DRY TOWEL

REUSABLE & PAPER BAGS
Let’s do our part to reduce plastic pollution around the world! We ask that when packing please only bring reusable bags like stuff sacks, dry bags, silicone bags, and/or packing cubes. We recommend bringing along several different shapes and sizes of these to help organize and separate dirty clothing, gear and toiletries. For waterproofing your phone/passport/money, we recommend using a dry pouch. Having a stash of brown paper lunch bags or sanitary bags is great for collecting and carrying out trash.

ELECTRICAL ADAPTER
220V current in Russian outlets will ruin Western 110V appliances.

CAMERA/PHONE

SPARE BATTERIES

2 PADLOCKS
One for duffel you take with you on mountain and one for the luggage you leave at hotel.

THINGS TO READ + WRITE WITH

EAR PLUGS
For sleeping in the shared huts.

SNACKS
Your tried and true favorite hiking treats!

 
 

TOILETRIES

 

SUNBLOCK

LIP SCREEN + LIP BALM

DEODORANT

TOOTHBRUSH + TOOTHPASTE

SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER + SOAP

Dry shampoo is great for on the mountain

HAND SANITIZER 

WIPES

PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT

PRESCRIPTION OR OVER THE COUNTER MEDS USED REGULARLY