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Climbing Gear List For Lobuche Peak

  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Tue Sep 3, 2019
Lobuche Peak

Lobuche Peak Climbing is one of the most sought after Himalayan Trekking peaks of Nepal, considering the trekking route of legendary Everest Base Camp it follows and its technical ascent over 6000m. Prominently standing at an altitude of 6119m in Everest Region, Lobuche Peak climbing is gaining popularity among climbers, alpinists, and adventurers for the mind-boggling panoramic views of the Himalayas including the mighty Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Island Peak, and others. From the summit, the jagged Himalayas are out of this world. Lobuche Peak Climbing in Nepal is a challenging and rewarding adventure, something different than regular trekking- it entails the use of climbing gears and mountaineering equipment. 

Apparently, without proper training and gears, no climb is doable; comfort, safety, and success of peak climbing are highly reliant on the gears and pre-climb training. That said, one must be meticulous while choosing gear and equipment, provided the pre-climb training will be conducted at the High Camp. Choosing Lobuche Peak Gear List is a paramount concern for Lobuche climbing, yet it can be burdensome, sometimes perplexing. So here's a list of gear required for Lobuche Peak Climbing- A comprehensive Gear list required to summit lobuche Peak.


Climbing Gear

Ascender

Ascender also called Jumar is a tool primarily used for ascending on a rope. It is made of metals, and provide sturdy support for an upward ascent. It is comfortable to use with gloves or mittens for a firm grip.

Alpine Climbing Harness

Alpine climbing harness or simply harness is a lightweight, adjustable and comfortable wearable gear. It comes with a waist belt and leg loop to secure lock around your waist and thigh with a rope or anchor point.

Crampons

Crampons are pointy boot-exterior typically used for precise movements on steep surfaces, ice fields, snow slopes, and ice-covered rocks. Crampons are key climbing gear for peak climbing. It is highly recommended to use 12 point crampons with anti-balling plates and horizontal frames.

Carabiners

A carabiner (karabiner) is yet another must-have gear for peak climbing- minimum 2 locking carabiners are obligatory. Carabiner consists of a metal loop used in safety-critical systems. It is conveniently used in all rope-intensive activities.

Descenders

Descender (Figure 8) is an aluminium 8-shaped tool used during descent- effectively helping to dissipate the heat caused by the friction. Descender is used with harness and carabiners for smooth descent on a rope.

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Ice Axe

Ice Axe is indispensable when it comes to peak climbing- used for ascending as well as descending. It is made of stainless steel or aluminium, primarily used to cut and penetrate the ice surface or deep snow (can be used as a walking stick considering the assistance of shaft and spike.) Another remarkable use of Ice Axe is "Self-arrest."

Ice Hammer

 Ice Hammer resembles Ice Axe at a glance and can be used as an alternative to adze of an ice axe. It is an optional tool in the gear list for mountaineering or climbing. Ice Hammer is predominantly used for hammering the hard ice.

Ice Screw

An Ice screw is a tubular screw (10 -23cm length) used during ice climbing or crevasse rescue. It is one of the important climbing arsenal used for anchor and running belays.

Helmet

The helmet is an imperative gear in the checklist of climbing gear- for the protection of head (obviously) and successful climbing. The importance of wearing a helmet while climbing cannot be overlooked, considering the consequences of not wearing it.

Mountaineering Boots

Sturdy and quality boots are must if you are thinking of any mountaineering and climbing adventure. Mountaineering Boots play a vital role in peak climbing; the importance of boots is self-evident considering injuries, frostbite and smooth movements and shifts on the snowfield and ice field. 

Rope

No Rope, No Hope- without a rope, no ascending and no descending. There are two types of rope: Static and Dynamic rope. Static ropes are used for abseiling and dynamic for belaying. The major difference between static and dynamic rope is dynamic ropes are elastic while static ropes are stiff.

Tape Sling

A Tape Sling is a sewn loop of webbing used as anchors to climb a rope. It is made of nylon or Dyneema. It can be used in conjunction with other equipment for reduction of rope drag. 

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Clothing

Head

Sun Hat

a lightweight hat (with visor) for shading the head

Head Lamp

outdoor headlamp (water-resistant preferred) for hand-free lighting

Glacier Sunglasses

high-quality sunglasses for protection against reflected UVA and UVB radiation

Bandana or Head Scarf

 Bandana or head scarf keeps hair and face protected from dust and direct sunlight, rain, chilly wind

Ski Goggle

High-quality goggle for protection of eyes from sun and wind at higher altitude.

 

Hand Gear

Liner Gloves

Lightweight synthetic gloves for hand protection

Wind stopper Fleece Gloves

Mid-weight insulated gloves for hand protection against wind.

Expedition Mittens

expedition-rated mittens for the warmness of hand

 

Upper Body

Fleece Jacket with Wind stopper

warm fleece jacket for protection against the wind at higher altitude

Waterproof shell jacket

high-quality outdoor jacket (waterproof)

Down Jacket

high-quality and medium-weight down fill jacket 

Short -sleeve shirt

half-sleeve innerwear with vapor-wicking capabilities 

 

Lower Body

Light-weight pants (two pairs recommended)

Waterproof shell pants (two pairs recommended)

Fleece or woolen trousers  (two pairs recommended)

Hiking shorts and trousers (one pair recommended)

 

Feet

Lightweight inner socks (3 pairs recommended)

Wool socks (3 pairs recommended)

Cotton socks (1 pair recommended)

Gaiters

 

Personal stuff

Sleeping bag: 0-degrees Fahrenheit rated 

Inflatable sleeping pad: full-length inflatable sleeping pad recommended

Water bottle: one-liter capacity bottle 

Small Travel Bag: simple and lightweight bag

Expedition Duffel Bag

Small padlocks

Pee Bottle

Pee funnel for women

Trekking Poles

Swiss army knife

Toiletry bag

 

Medical

Personal First Aid Kit

Water purification tablets

Anti-mosquito cream

Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide

Earplugs

Anti-diarrhea pills 

Blister repair kit

Antibiotics for chest infection

Sun protection cream

 

Toiletries

Towel

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Soap

Deodorants

Anti-bacterial Hand wash

Hand Wipes

Body Moisturizer

Tissue Paper

Nail Clipper

 

Travel Luxuries

Books

Journal

Camera

Map

Compass / GPS

Travel Games (Chess, playing cards)

Bath suit

Solar Charger


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  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Tuesday Sep 3, 2019
Naba Raj

About Author - Naba Raj Amgai

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.

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