01 March 2010


Summer Equipments
Mt Damavand Summer Equipment/Gear List
It is necessary to bring the proper gear to have a safe hike to the mountain, some of the important gears to bring are listed here:

Brief Gear List
- Trekking shoes, Socks
- Sleeping bag, Mattress, (tent)
- Pants and jacket (Gore-Tex or Synthetic rain/snow/wind)
- A small attacking rucksack plus the main backpack
- Trekking poles (or Ski stick)
- Polar or wool Gloves with liner
- Warm pile or wool hat (better to cover ears), balaclava, baseball cap
- Sun or glacier glasses with Side Covers 100% UV, IR
- Sun cream SPF 50 or better.
- Cooking gear
- Personal first-aid kit.
- Food See also Food
- Water Bottles (Purification tablets) See also Drinking Water
- Camera, Headlamp, Swiss Army knife.

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Mt. Damavand, Summer View
Photo by Anosh Soltani

Detail Gear List
This is a useful gear list for a summer ascend to the Damavand, it is not required to bring all on this list , there are a lot of brands, options and versions of each piece, use your experience to find the best ones. Remember the weight and the size are important.

Climbing Gear
Optional - Altimeter, GPS, Compass, Helpful to find the route.
Mobile Tel, Mp3 Player, ipod.
Swiss army knife (medium size and simple), whistle.
Trekking or ski poles. To balance when carrying a heavy pack and helpful if you have knee problems.
Camera, a small instant or point and shoot cameras, ie simple and light digital cameras .
LED Headlamp, ie Petzl MYO XP.

Bring proper hiking shoes, light hiking trekking shoes/ boots, high comfort, lightweight. Comfort is key in buying boots, avoid tight fit with heavy socks. Spend a some extra time to fine a suitable one and make sure that it fits right. A little big is always better than a little small.
Optional- Gaiters. Socks, Wool or Pile, buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time.
Liner Socks , smooth thin wool, nylon to be worn next to the skin.They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Technical Clothing
Bring proper protection against strong winds and low temperatures. It is usually cold at the summit, and strong winds often make it seem even colder. Bring anti wind gear, as weather can change very rapidly, good gloves are recommended.
Lightweight Underwear , tops & bottoms, synthetic or wool. Lightweight is preferable Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One white top for intense sunny days on the glacier and one dark top for faster drying gives the most versatility.
Expedition weight underwear top or fleece vest. For extra warmth.Fleece/Synthetic jacket. Mid- to Heavyweight pile . A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
Fleece/Synthetic pants. Midweight pile with full separating side zippers. Down or Synthetic Jacket. A warm jacket with attached hood. It can be very cold high on the mountain.
Gore-Tex or Synthetic rain/snow shell pants & shell jacket with hood . For the jacket we recommend a full front zipper, also require full separating side zippers on the pants.

Synthetic gloves.

Warm Lightweight pile/wool hat . Hat should cover ears.
Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model.
Baseball cap or other sun hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic is nice as it dries quickly.
Glacier glasses with Side Covers. Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission.
Bandana. Used to shade your neck.

Personal Equipment
Main Backpack. (Internal frame pack) expandable to a minimum of 5,500-6,000 cu.in. Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary things which add weight.
Small Backpack (attacking Backpack).
Sleeping Bag. High quality with hood to at least -10C .
It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
One Closed-Cell foam pad. Full length closed cell is recommended.
Cooking gear: Cup, Spoon,
Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc.
Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 or better, small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months.
Lipscreen. SPF 30 . Not older than 6 months.
Water Bottles: 1.5 liters minimum capacity. (Purification tablets).
Toiletry bag. Include tolielt paper . Purell or other alcohol handsanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste , deodorant.

Travel clothes
For Women-Head Scarf, Long lightweight over-coat, Long sleeves and length below knee worn over jeans, other pants or a long skirt.
- For Men- long pants, shorts are not allowed. Tee-shirts may be worn while trekking/climbing.

Most climbers choose head lamps, as they leave both of your hands free.

Food and Drink
Visit also : Food and Drinking Water
There are few mountain huts, it is important to bring enough water and food.

Mt. Damavand Summer, Photo by Ardeshir Soltani
Mount Damavand Summer

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Technical clothing, protection against low temperatures and strong winds, below zero at the summit, strong winds make even colder, wind gear, weather conditions change quickly, gloves are against the coldness and for hiking the steep, rocky passages, lightweight underwear, tops & bottoms synthetic or wool, lightweight is preferable, versatile, worn single layer in warmer, mount damavand, conditions, double layer for colder, zip-T-neck, more ventilation options, intense sunny days, on the glacier, faster drying gives, expedition weight underwear top or fleece vest, extra warmth, fleece synthetic jacket, mid- to Heavyweight pile, polartec 200-300 depending upon cold tolerance.

Full-zip version, better ventilation than a pullover, fleece/synthetic pants, midweight pile Polartec 200, full separating side zippers important for ventilation and for ease of dressing up or down when conditions change in the middle of a climb, down or Synthetic Jacket, warm jacket with attached hood, very cold high on the mountain, gore-tex, mt. damavand, tex or synthetic rain/snow shell pants & shell jacket with hood, full front zipper, full separating side zippers on the pants, handwear, bunting or fleece gloves, lighter polypropylene, shell mitts w/ single liner, seam taped, goretex, smooth or slippery palm surface, headwear warm lightweight pile/wool hat.

Balaclava, baseball cap sun hat, good visor to shade the nose and eyes, synthetic is nice as it dries quickly, glacier glasses with side covers, regular sunglasses, 100% uv, ir, high quality optical lenses, designed for mountain use, leashes, a nose guard is particularly helpful, damavand mountain, more than 8% light transmission, contact lenses, photo-gray, light-sensitive material, emergency sunglasses, prescription glacier glasses gray or amber, bandana, shade your neck, personal equipment, main backpack internal frame pack expandable, small backpack attacking Backpack, warmer bag goose down preferred over synthetic, efficient heat retention.

Compression stuff sack to reduce volume packing a sleeping bag, self-inflating pad, valve stem and patch repair kit for therma-rest, closed-cell foam pad, cooking gear, cup mug with snap-on lid, retains heat well and is spill-resistant in the tent, spoon tough plastic lexan, plastic knife and fork, bowl deep plastic tupperware cup bowl, first-aid kit aspirin, antibiotic ointment, moleskin, molefoam,waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, band-aids, personal prescriptions, etc, The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb, sunscreen. spf 40 small tubes, purification tablets, alcohol handsanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste , deodorant, trash compactor bags, damavand mount.

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