Iceland Equipment Recommendations
This equipment you choose to bring on a guided ascent has a tremendous effect on the quality and safety of the experience, both for guide and client. Each trip and climb is slightly different and may have varying requirements. You need to adjust accordingly. During this trip we will try to spend a great deal of time the mountains. In order to maximize safety for the client and the guide, both need to travel as unencumbered as possible while still carrying needed gear. In general you should choose lightweight equipment, and avoid carrying anything that can be reasonably duplicated by other equipment brought. This list is a recommendation only, please feel free to bring along what you commonly own.
CLOTHING – No Cotton
Boots: A reasonably stiff leather boot is the best choice for climbing most peaks in. You can bring plastic if that is what you have. Be sure to break them in before arrival. All boots must be crampon compatible.
Gaiters – An ankle gaiter is often sufficient but if it snows a bunch, full gators will not be necessary.
Socks – Synthetic, be sure they work well with your boots. All socks change the volume of your feet. IF possible look for, Bridgedale, Smart Wool.
Long Underwear–- Capaline, bergaline, merino, polypro.
Long sleeve shirt – Light colored for sun protection – silk weight capaline Bottoms – both shorts and long bottoms.
Climbing Pants – Relatively light synthetic pants, preferably with a hard and durable finish.
Rain jacket with Hood – Gore-tex or other water resistant and breathable material recommended.
Rain Pants – Look for something very light and compact.
Fleece Jacket – 100 weight Polartec is a good weight for this garment.
Down Jacket / Primaloft: Useful for the higher peaks,lightweight.
Gloves: Leather gloves/ fleece glove –. Bring a gore-tex pair in case it rains
Warm Hat: basic fleece Sun Hat / buff
Backpack liner: to pack your gear in to keep it dry – either large garbage bags, or better yet Sea to Summit pack liners.
Back Pack Rain Cover – to help keep your pack and contents dry.
Water Bottles: camel packs work well, bring a bottle as well.
Backpack: look for around 20- 30 liters.
Sunglasses: glacier glasses are nice if you have them.
Sunscreen: Will help you live longer Lip Protection – You might need
Accessible to all people in good health. Good trails and fairly flat. 2-4 hours walk per day.
Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walk up and down hill.
For those that are physically active and have some background in basic hiking / mountaineering terrain 6-8 hours walks per day.
Difficult : 4
Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some hiking
experience is required. 8-12 hours walk per day. carrying your own gear.
Very Difficult: 5
Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for a long day out. 12-16 hours walk per day and maybe scrambling.
If we decide to cancel a trip do to weather or natural hazard, you can get full refund or pick another day to do your Expedition.
If you cancel:
Month from departure. 100% refund
3 weeks from departure 80% refund
2 weeks from departure 70% refund
1 week from departure 50% refund
6-1 day from departure 0 – 20% refund
Depends on trips
If you need more info or just some questions don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email and we will help you out. 🙂