Equipment for a mountain hike

Educational program on ski equipment: what it includes and how to choose the right one

It is not difficult to download the list of equipment for climbing Elbrus on the Internet. We went the other way: compiled an expanded list of equipment and clothing and supplemented it with the recommendations of two different people who have visited the five-thousander, but have completely different experience and level of training.

Our web-marketer Vladimir Nikulichkin, who first climbed to the highest point of Europe in August 2016 as part of a team of AlpIndutria employees, sincerely admits mistakes in the choice of equipment and shares his conclusions. And the director of development of AlpIndustria Group of Companies Sergey Kovalev, MSMK in mountaineering and a member of the Association of Mountain Guides of Russia, who has completed about 70 ascents of Elbrus on different routes and in different conditions, gives advice based on his rich experience and tells how to avoid mistakes.

Equipment for climbing Elbrus: beginner's conclusions

Sergey Shkurat, director of Moscow retail AlpIndustriya, and Vladimir Nikulichkin, internet marketer, on the Eastern summit of Elbrus on August 12, 2016

My name is Vova, and if you haven't read my report on Elbrus yet, great. Let's try to start over.

I'm not really a climber. In 2015, he got to Elbrus as part of the group of the AlpIndustry Mountain School. It was very interesting, we went from the South. But on X-day on the saddle, I decided that it was worth going downstairs to relax, letting in another group of elderly people and some teenagers who turned out to be cooler than me. In 2016, by chance (as well as the desire to climb the summit and finish what I started), I ended up in a group of AlpIndustry employees who first organized the Elbrus World Race, and then were going to climb Elbrus, but from the North.

Now that the mountains are behind us and the emotions have calmed down, we can analyze and share our experience. Physical preparation for the ascent is too individual and delicate, but the equipment is a more "down-to-earth" topic. The question of choosing equipment for the second attempt to climb Elbrus was already quite clear: the main points were clear, and most importantly, the very little things that cause the most inconvenience. Here are the key points in the question of equipment, which I highlighted with the proviso that I am not a professional climber, but just found it all out from my own experience.

Suvorov said something about "warm feet" and all that - and he was damn right. If your feet are freezing, nothing will come of it, nothing good for sure. During last year's attempt to visit the top of Europe, I thought that I was quite responsible about this issue, because I got La Sportiva Nepal boots. The absence of a gortex or leggings did not seem to me to be a problem at that time, and the boots turned out to be very comfortable after preliminary wearing.

How did it really turn out? The surface of the boots actively absorbs water when in the snow every day. And in the end, on the day of the ascent, you have an excellent opportunity to get the virgin dry socks that you took care of for X-day, and cross out all these efforts, simply by putting on wet boots. This is how it worked out for me for the first time. At night, my feet were freezing, I had to remind myself to move my fingers, remembering scary pictures from the Internet on this topic.

How did I solve this problem? For obvious reasons, I didn't even think about buying other boots or using rental plastic shoes (there just isn't a size 48 in the rental). And the solution was like this: leggings (or still shoe covers) Berghaus Yeti Gaiter.

I don’t know what to refer to Berghaus Yeti Gaiter: this is something in between shoe covers and gaiters. On the one hand, the sole is not completely covered, and on the other hand, the top of the boot and the surface of the leg are completely covered up to the knee. My colleagues and I learned to put these Über things on our shoes in the office, we even made a video about it. It was then that I had the idea to improve the characteristics of my shoes in such an interesting way.

Based on the results, I can say that everything turned out to be even better than I expected. The moisture protection is simply gorgeous: I had the good fortune to be in dry boots throughout my stay at heights. And this is really the most that neither is happiness! By the way, shoe covers can be easily combined with hard cats, everything sits well and tightly. And the strap on the bottom of the boot, after several days of jumping over volcanic fields, was not damaged in any way, although this was what I was most worried about.

Travel guide: Cossack town of Balakleya

For skiing on snow slopes to be comfortable and safe, you need to carefully select equipment for alpine skiing. After all, well-chosen clothing and equipment is not just a guarantee of success at the summits, it is a source of pride for the owner.

With each new season, manufacturers of alpine skis and related accessories release more and more advanced models. Usually, these innovations make skiing easier and worth the money spent on them.

What is included in the ski equipment?

The alpine skiing kit includes the following items:

  • skis;
  • sticks ;
  • reinforcements ;
  • boots;
  • clothing ;
  • glasses;
  • masks;
  • helmet;
  • cover;
  • ointments.

Where to start shopping and how not to make a mistake with the choice? Let's try to understand these difficult issues.

The main element of ski equipment is, of course, the skis themselves.

The topic of their selection is quite extensive, but we will touch on the main characteristics that you need to consider when choosing them:

  • Riding style. The design features of the skis depend on whether it will be a track or an unprepared slope. Most fans choose the first option, that is, they use carving skis, in which the front and rear parts differ significantly in width. As well as universal ones, they should be smaller than your height. Models for freeriding are distinguished by reverse deflection and more impressive dimensions.
  • Stiffness. The higher this indicator, the better the skis keep the arc and go faster, and it is more difficult to enter the turn on them. For this reason, beginners should opt for softer models. They provide smooth glide, agility and good shock absorption. There is one more indicator that needs to be taken into account - the weight of a person. If it is large, then too soft skis will not work.

Of course, these are not all selection principles. This also includes the age and the degree of training of the athlete. The seller of a specialized store or a skating instructor will help you make the right choice.


Balakleya is one of the oldest cities in the Kharkiv region, located not far from Zmiev. It was visited by Peter the Great, there was a Cossack fortress and a military department.

Mountain Hiking Equipment Universal List

People who have no experience in hiking quite often take a lot of unnecessary things with them. This is especially true for personal clothing. Do not forget that in addition to your belongings, you also need to carry some of the group equipment (for example, a tent, awning or bowler hat, food). We bring to your attention a list of the equipment you need to participate in any hike in the mountains.

Versatile Mountain Hiking Equipment List

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Carimat
  • Seat
  • Trekking poles
  • Small backpack for cities and radials

  • Membrane or windstopper
  • Pants, shorts
  • Thermal underwear
  • Fleece body shirt (fleece)
  • T-shirts and trekking shirts
  • Raincoat
  • Panama/sun buff
  • Protective gloves
  • Underwear

  • Trekking boots or sneakers
  • Trekking sandals or bivouac slates
  • Socks

Personal belongings

  • Sun protection
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Plate + spoon + mug + knife
  • Flashlight
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Sealed bags for things, equipment and documents
  • Equipment, money, documents, chargers, batteries

Now let's take a closer look at each item.

Travel Backpack

The backpack is one of the pillars of the hike. It can equally turn the hike into horror or make it easier. The market offers an abundance of backpacks of various designs, sizes, weights, specifications and prices. To figure out which one you need, first complete the rest of the equipment. Now on sale there is a large selection of travel backpacks from a wide variety of manufacturers. Prices vary depending on quality and manufacturer. For a 6-day hike, you will need a 70-80 liter backpack for men and a 50-60 liter backpack for women. This volume should be enough to fit all the things in the middle of the backpack. I advise you not to try to attach something on top of your backpack, especially when hiking in the mountains, in which the weather is very changeable and there is a high probability of getting everything wet. Modern backpacks are equipped with special raincoats (raincovers), which should protect the contents of the backpack from getting wet. However, we recommend that you pack all the things in your backpack in plastic bags or special hermetic bags.


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