Climbing Mt. Whitney: Clothing, gear and what's in my backpack

me in all my gear at the top of whitney

I love the what's in your backpack posts, so I thought I'd share mine for my recent climb of Mt. Whitney. Hopefully it will help any future climbers and also remind me what I need when I do it again in 2015. Note: Some of these links are affiliate links and I do get a tiny little commission if you click and buy the items from Amazon.

Wigwam Thermolite Cap (in the dark, easier to wear the headlight lamp and kept my ears warm)
Chicago Bears cap (during the day)
Rayovac Headlight Lamp (in the dark)
REI Lightweight Crew Shirt
Short sleeve T-Shirt bought in Lone Pine 50% cotton/50% polyester blend
Columbia Sportswear Zip Fleece Jacket
REI Sahara Convertible Pants
Champion Double Dry Distance Underwire Bra
Teko Women's M3RINO.XC Merino Wool Poly Blend Midweight Hiking Socks
Merrell Women's Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot (always get 1/2 size larger than your normal shoe size and use the lock-tight lacing technique)
REI Tech Compatible All Season Gloves
Flying Fisherman Maverick Polarized Sunglasses
ZANheadgear Hooligan Photochromic Sunglasses
Outdoor Products Apex Trekking Poles
Samsung Galaxy S4 Phone with Zerolemon Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190 5100mah Extended Battery + Black TPU Gel Cover Case (gives me about a 4 day charge)

Outdoor Products Mist Hydration Pack
Inside the Backpack:
Source Outdoors WXP B3 Hydration Reservoir System (Transparent Blue, 3 Litres)
Repel 94101 6-Ounce Sportsmen Max Insect Repellent 40-Percent DEET Pump Spray (didn't need)
Bear Spray-SABRE RED Pepper Spray - Police Strength - Runner with Hand Strap (thankfully didn't need)
3 water bottles with Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Drink Mix
Extra pair of Thorlo Women's Wool/Silk Moderate Cushion Light Hiker Crew Sock
Kind Almond & Coconut Bars (3)
Planters Pistachio Blend repackaged into 3 - 2 oz size bags
Clear Eyes All Season Outdoor Dry Eye Protection
My feet were pretty tore up from my training hikes, so I had 4 kinds of blister protection:
Moleskin cut into smaller pieces
Spenco 2nd Skin Adhesive Knit Sports
Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Advanced Healing Blister Cushions
Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Tough-Strips, Extra Large
Banana Boat Sport Performance Quik Dri SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray (which I forgot to use, since I started in the dark and it was cold up there, so I had a very sunburned face the next day)
Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced .35 oz
Kleenex® 3-Ply Pocket Packs Facial Tissues (for my endless runny nose)
AB hand sanitizer
Extra rubber band for my hair
Fingernail file
Map (you can buy one when you pick up your permit, the trail was clearly marked and I didn't need it)
Hiking Permit
Wag Bag (they give you one free when you pick up your permit)
4 or 5 Personal Wipes
2 Empty Ziploc Bags

What I should have brought:
Extra batteries for my headlight lamp. At the end of the hike in the pitch dark, I kept thinking what would I do if my headlight lamp went out? You cannot see the trail (or bears) without it and I'd still be wandering around in the dark. I could use my cell phone flashlight in a pinch, but extra batteries are a better solution.
Balaclava: My face was very wind and sunburned, add in a perpetually runny nose and I would have killed for one of these. About 50% of the climbers were wearing them.

As you can see, it takes alot of preparation and planning to climb Mt. Whitney. If you have any questions, comments or see something to add, let me know, I'd love to hear from you!


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