1 pair Vasque Zephyr II Hiking boots (Gore-tex), leather/fabric waterproof boots. Not too flexy
1 waterproof/insulated ski jacket with hood
1 pair waterproof/insulated aki pants (nice with integrated "gaiters" underneath)
1 Outdoor Research Credo Softshell Jacket
1 North Face Fleece jacket (pretty thick with underarm zips for vent.)
1 waterproof 3 layer shell (taped/sealed, nice waterproof zips, its a tad too stiff but roomy for layers underneath)
1 pair waterproof (gore-tex) insulated pants with full side zippers
2 pair of PolarMax long underwear
I am thinking of taking the Shell, the Fleece and the Credo Softshell and the long underwear. I am purchasing a set of softshell pants + taking my warm weather hiking pants and in case of cold conditions am planning to take my gore-tex insulated full zip pants.
I have never used a 4 layer system (baselayer>fleece>softshell>shell) and dont know if its necessary for Mexico since from what I have read it is only cold on the dark hours of summit day. I mean while skiing in Breckenridge I wore My ski jacket over baselayer and long sleeve t shirt and I was fine on sunny days even on the summit (25-30deg and windy)
I was thinking of reducing the nuber of pieces and just take just the Credo Softshell, my base layers and the ski jacket (for summit days) and the full zip pants I mentioned (ski pants have no full zip so they stay at home) + softshell and hiking pants.
what do you think?
Also, I am only taking my Vasque boots and a pair of low/mid light hi-tec hikers. I am planning to strap on crampons to the Vasque's since from what I have read, only on the Orizaba summit attempt (the last 1500-2000ft) do some people feel the need to lug plastic boots.
Regarding other gear:
I am shopping for a 20 or 30 deg. bag also. I dont want to have to buy another backpack, my current backpack is 38L . I plan on staying in hotels and in the huts at all times. (taking ready to eat food, no cooking in the field)
Most Gear lists from US and International Guide Companies are huge for the Mexican Volcanoes trip. Plastic boots, gaiters, gore tex shells etc etc.
rmick25 wrote:While I hear that Reyes or Limon are great guys to go hire if you need a guide. It comes at a price.
If your looking for a ride and not a guide the much cheaper alternative is Senor Gerar. At less than half the price. You get a night stay at his hotel which is spartan but clean with hot water and a t.v. to watch the always entertaining Mexican broadcasting. A dependable ride and a good conversation on the way up, that is if you speak Spanish. His English is not so good. His hotel is also right down the street from a small market, the Zocalo, and bus station. If your timing is right Tlachichuca's large street market is on sunday right outside his hotel.
Don't get me wrong Senor Reyes will treat you right. He has a great set-up and his guides are great from what I hear. But if you don't go solo Senor Gerar is the way to go.
I learned of him when I arrived in Tlachichuca. A couple of Canadian's were just leaving and recommended him over the others. They had used his services numerous times before and were always very satisfied.
Haliku wrote:Your gear list is fine. If you have any specific gear questions feel free to PM/email me. Unless you get a freak storm the temps are not too bad. Shell and puffy jackets are key. Cheers!
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