Black Diamond Guide XCR Gloves

Overview

The Black Diamond Guide is the top pick for the expedition. The gloves are one of the warmers of BD and work well in cold weather skiing and winter mountaineering. A really seriously warm glove.

Product description
Backed with a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof breathable membrane and PrimaLoft One insulation, the Black Diamond Men’s Guide Glove deals with harsh conditions so they can’t put a damper on your epic day in the backcountry or the resort. Plus the Guide’s removable liner boosts versatility and maintains your hand dexterity throughout the stormiest winter weather while you patrol, guide, or tour.

  • Abrasion-resistant nylon shell with four-way stretch fabric offers stellar durability, longevity, and dexterity
  • Waterproof, windproof, and extremely breathable Gore-Tex XCR insert on the removable liner optimizes comfort, keeps hand warmer and drier longer, and is ideal for higher-activity levels in winter
  • PrimaLoft One insulation and boiled wool in removable liner warms your hand, provides superb breathability and temperature regulation, and adds a soft touch
  • 100g fleece palm lining wicks moisture and dries quickly to eliminate annoying clammy-hand issues
  • Goat leather palm and palm patch supply dexterity
  • Molded EVA foam padding on knuckles for impact protection when you traverse out onto a narrow skin-track through the tight trees
  • Drawcord gauntlet seals in warmth and blocks snow
  • Temperature Range: -20/10F (-29/-12C)

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Julbo Explorer Sunglasses

Overview

Julbo’s top-of-the-line mountaineering sunglass, the Explorer is designed to perform superiorly in high altitude environments, where mountaineers are overly susceptible to eye damage from sun and reflections.

Product description

The highest mountains and extreme conditions bring out the best in these sunglasses that have been developed in collaboration with the elite climbing school in Chamonix. The Explorer takes glacier sunglasses to the next level: lenses with impressive protection, coverage from damaging UV rays, an anti-fog ventilation system… Continue reading

Scarpa Phantom 6000

Overview

For this expedition I am using (hopefully) the Scarpa Phantom 6000. I have had a number of mixed reviews on this boot choice because, in general the main concern is if the boot will be warm enough for a nearly 7000m peak in December where temperatures are as low as -50 C, but on the other hand are less heavy and technical than the 8,000m boots available so more comfortable to climb in.

There are a number of pros and cons to consider here but the real issue is blood circulation in high altitude that could end up with frozen toes. Because I have never exposed myself to these temperatures I am taking the gamble of going with these boots because I never had issues with circulation and for summit day I am taking some heat pads with me just in case.

For the last couple of months I’ve been chatting with other fellow climbers that climbed Ama and Baruntse in similar conditions and majority thinks shouldn’t be a problem… When I spoke with Tim he was of the opinion of going for something warmer (too risky to turn back a few meters of the summit because of cold feet), but again, the real game changer is the blood pressure – circulation and how my feet would react to the extreme cold.

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