Less than a week to go…

Posted: May 23, 2012 by Ben Weber in English, Equipment
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Less than one week to go before we fly to Bolivia and we are just about all ready, equipment-wise. We have all of our base, mid and shell layers as well as down jackets to keep us even warmer in case weather turns against us; balaclavas; beanies; helmets; BD Storm headlamps; trekking poles; Black Diamond Raven ice axes (walking through the New York Metro with the axes was quite an experience in terms of getting some very strange looks from people, including police officers who were probably wondering if they were legal – they are pretty darn big and sharp!); socks; boots…

The clothing is mainly North Face, Deuter, Curtlo and Salomon, with Casa de Pedra base layers; and we have also got Julbo ski goggles and mountaineering sun glasses which look pretty cool…  The technical, largely Black Diamond or Petzl (we also got ourselves Petzl Reverso 4 belay devices which, whilst we probably won’t need to use it in all its functions, will most likely come in useful in the future).

Also, among other points medications are not something that we can afford to leave behind – we will be taking with us a broad spectrum antibiotic in case we get any bugs, Diamox and Decadron (Dexamethasone) for altitude sickness; iodine for water sterilization; and other medicines for stomach problems and nausea. Obviously we are not planning on being sick, but we need to be prepared.

Also, armed with the Canon EOS 7D (probably not something we will take on the summit attempts as it is a bit big and heavy!); a smaller digital camera and Contour HD video camera and a Sony video camera, we should be able to get some good footage in and make something we hope will be pretty special at the end of this journey.

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