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Clothing System for Denali and other COLD Mountains

Postby stonefree » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:05 pm

I have been thinking about a clothing system for Denali and other peaks in Alaska in the spring/early summer. Just wondering what some of the veterans of these very cold places think about this setup.

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1- Base Layer T-Shirt
2-Base Layer long sleeve
3-Ark'Teryk Delta AR Pullover - very similar to R1
4-Micro weight insulated jacket- Atom LT Hoody - 60g/m
5-Houdini windshirt
6-Heavy weight insulated jacket- Montbell Thermawrap Parka - 80g/m
7-Belay Parka - Cloudveil Enclosure Hoody - 200g/m

Bottom
1-Midweight Capeline
2-Softshell Pants
3-Integral Designs Denali Pants

The idea is to use all synthetic insulation and have a very modular system. Just wondering if anybody else has experience with a similar kind of setup and what kind of success they have gained from it.

Best,
Travis
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Postby ScottyP » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:18 am

This is what I wore everyday the last three weeks on Denali.

Long sleeve capilene lite base layer
Marmot pullover fleece (R1 wt)
Marmot Pre-Cip shell (only on windy days)
OR
Marmot Zeus down jacket
Marmot Greenland Puffy for 17k and above (Never needed it except for one morning)

Legs:
lite weight capilene tights
exped weight tights (17k and above)
REI Schoeller pant
First Ascent Down Pants (used only one morning)

The only thing I would have changed is to bring a lite weight down jacket that has a HOOD! Or the R1 Hoody. My zeus is light and warm but no hood.
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Re: Clothing System for Denali and other COLD Mountains

Postby zoran » Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:00 am

stonefree wrote:I have been thinking about a clothing system for Denali and other peaks in Alaska in the spring/early summer. Just wondering what some of the veterans of these very cold places think about this setup.

Top
1- Base Layer T-Shirt
2-Base Layer long sleeve
3-Ark'Teryk Delta AR Pullover - very similar to R1
4-Micro weight insulated jacket- Atom LT Hoody - 60g/m
5-Houdini windshirt
6-Heavy weight insulated jacket- Montbell Thermawrap Parka - 80g/m
7-Belay Parka - Cloudveil Enclosure Hoody - 200g/m

Bottom
1-Midweight Capeline
2-Softshell Pants
3-Integral Designs Denali Pants

The idea is to use all synthetic insulation and have a very modular system. Just wondering if anybody else has experience with a similar kind of setup and what kind of success they have gained from it.

Best,
Travis


Travis, you already did your homework! It's basically what you need (modular setup).
I had the same setup like yours but different manufacturers (for Denali and Mt. Logan, Yukon).

Few items for me were different:

* No T shirt for me at all. Left it on air strip before flying to glacier. All base layers are long sleeves.
* All base layers are Merino wool. No synthetic for me for last 4-5 years (including local mountains in British Columbia)
* Heavyweight Merino layer have thumbs holes and if possible hood. My favorite has both.
* At least 3 Merino wool boxers. If you have to choose pick only one wool upper baselayer but several bottom ones. You could mess up your bottom layer easily if your stomach can't handle the food correctly
* Important!!! Hands and head and feet: Wool socks, down booties, several gloves and few hats (including balaclava, neck warmer and mask)
* My favorite jacket is primaloft but I like down on expeditions. Always hood even on tiny jackets.
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:40 pm

I went to Denali dressed in wool clothing, leather double boots and breathable nylon shells. Gortex? What's that?
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Postby zoran » Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:23 pm

Goretex is breathable nylon shell.
You had it but you didn't actually know the name 8)
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