1. Sleeping bags-- for use at different camps. One is rated to 15°F (for Base Camp), one is rated -20°F (for Camps I and II), and the third is rated to -40°F (for Camps III and IV) (for the "cold" nights!).

2. Sleeping pads--one inflatable, one foam. For insulating against heat loss while sleeping on a glacier.

3. Communications gear--laptop computer, solar panels, satellite phone, antennae, cables, batteries and spare parts in waterproof, shock resistant container (carried by yak train to base camp).

4. Backpack--medium sized (40 liters) for climbing days.

5. Daypack-- light (20 liters) for trek to Base Camp (yaks carry the rest)

6. Gloves--At times we wore 4 layers, including overmitts.

7. Boots and footgear--
one pair each for trekking, climbing and a comfortable pair for time spent in base camp. Also a pair of sandals.

8. Clothing layers--
Base layer is capilene, next layer is fleece/pile. Multiple pairs of light, medium and heavy weight

9. Expedition parka--
800 fill down, rated to -40 degrees.




1. Tent--anchored into ice, resting on platform cut into 30 degree slope.

2. Ascender or Jumar: technical climbing device that moves like a ratchet along rope and will not slide back.

3. Sun hat--long billed, with neck cover

4. Glacier glasses with nose cover

5. Water bottle--1.5 liter kept in plain sight (to remind self to drink) and easy access.

6. Seat Harness: acts as tie-in point for all gear and team rope.

7. Camera–positioned easy access (connected with two carabineers for security)

8. Lhotse–4th highest mountain in world.


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