Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

Magazine article Geographical

Ten of the Best

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Reaching the summit of the highest mountain in tire Americas may not require much in tire way of technical climbing, but it's still no walk in tile park. Paul's three expeditions to Aconcagua have given him the opportunity to hone his kit list, and here Ire gives readers the benefit of his hard-won knowledge with a selection of must-have items

Don't forget...

...a pair of sandals or fast-draining mesh shoes that strap securely to your feet for the regular and often substantial river crossings during the walk-in

NEXT MONTH: ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

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DUVET JACKET

Women's Neutrino Plus

250 [pounds sterling]/700 GRAMS

The box-wall construction of the Neutrino comes into its own during the grey light of pre-dawn on summit day. The jacket's longer cut traps more body heat than shorter designs. Also suitable for 7,000-metre peaks if you decide to raise the bar after reaching Aconcagua's summit

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SLEEPING BAG

Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000

260 [pounds sterling]/1.65 KILOGRAMS (STANDARD SIZE)

You'll be using the Glacier 1000 with the full-length zip open during the walk-in and at base camp. But on the higher reaches of the mountain, you'll be glad of the kilogram of 675-fill-power goose down. A Drilite Loft outer helps to keep tea spills at bay

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TREKKING BOOTS

Scarpa Ranger

110 [pounds sterling]/1 .38 KILOGRAMS (PAIR SIZE 42)

Vital for the walk-in, your trekking boots can often be worn on day trips to Camp I. I prefer lightweight leather boots without a waterproof/breathable liner. (You'll want insulated mountaineering boots above Camp 1)

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RUCKSACK

Lowe Alpine TFX

Expedition 75:95

180 [pounds sterling]/2.28 KILOGRAMS

You won't need the full capacity of this Dyneema fabric rucksack on the walk-in or while establishing camps, but during the final descent from your top camp you'll appreciate the 95-litre interior as you clear the peak of all your' gear. Use its triple side compression straps to reduce the volume when you're carrying a smaller load

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WATER BOTTLE

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Outdoor Research

Water Bottle Parka

FROM 18 [pounds sterling]/121 GRAMS

The size #I Water Bottle Parka fits a one-litre Nalgene bottle. …

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