Mera Peak Climbing is one of the most sought after peak climbing adventures in Nepal. Being the highest trekking peak offering the most impressive all round view of five 8000m + peaks including Mount Everest, Mera Peak has been a favorite of many adventurers who aim for Himalayan giants in future. Though the peak has Alpine grade ‘F’, you will be in the most extreme weather condition for an extended length of time, which naturally makes “Safety and Comfort” a matter of concern while climbing this mountain. Here is a list of Climbing Gear that helps to keep your sense of adventure intact while climbing Mera Peak or any other peaks in Nepal. Apart from this list, please go through the trekking gear list also to make your equipment and gear list complete. Happy Climbing!
Comfort and safety of your feet is the first rule of climbing. And the need of a proper pair of climbing boots is self-explanatory. Bring properly insulated boots with additional stiffness and support. Also make sure that they are compatible with crampons.
Crampons are superlight traction device used for precise mobility while walking in snowfields, glaciers and steep icy surfaces. There are many types of crampons like hinged, semi-rigid and rigid. For climbing in Nepal, semi-rigid crampons with horizontal frames are best.
Descender (figure of 8)
This equipment, with a shape of 8 usually made of aluminum, is a friction brake to control the descent. It is used in combination with climbing harness and carabiner.
Ascender or Jumar (named after the inventors Jürgen and Walter Marti), is a device used for ascending on a fixed rope. It provides safety and additional support to upward ascent. It must be comfortable enough to be used with gloves or mittens.
It is a metal clipper or loop used for attaching things together, especially for protection to your harness and your rope. It is recommended to bring four karabiners, two locking and two unlocking.
It’s a straight-shafted axe with a gently curved pick used for both ascent and descent in icy surfaces. However, you can improvise it for multipurpose. Depending on the terrain, it can also be used for digging, cutting steps, securing a harness or can simply be used as a walking stick.
Helmet – UIAA test
Helmet is basically for your safety and is quite essential while climbing. No one can imagine doing mountaineering with head injuries. Get UIAA certified one for ultimate safety.
It’s a strap like thing worn around the waist with loops to fit in your thighs. It is worn for securing you to a rope or an anchor. Make sure, it is well-fitted and comfortable.
Named after its inventor Karl Prusik, it’s basically a knot to attach a loop of cord around a rope used in rope ascending situation. It provides a strong attachment and does not damage or break the rope.
Climbing Rope (provided by the company)
Climbing ropes are normally categorized as static and dynamic. Static ropes are for abseiling, they are also used as fixed ropes for ascenders. Dynamic ropes are used as belaying ropes to absorb the shock of a falling climber.
Snow Bar (provided by the company)
Snow bars or stakes are hammered or buried to secure the rope in place for weight support of a climber. They are functional for fall protection and holding static loads.
Ice Screw (provided by the company)
Ice Screw is a long screw used to hold a falling climber. It can be used both as running belays or anchors.