Thanks but I nepal is not on the list right this moment. It's just that it'd be great if people who have done such trips in himalayas/similar alpine environments could share their gear list, I could have a general discussion with them and start buying stuff.
I have looked at NOLS list and would like to go as lightweight as possible without sacrificing safety/durability too much.
Check the course description and Equipment Lists:
1)I would go with western mountaineering bag. If the maximum I want to aim for is -20, what is the temp rating I can get away with. Some one suggested a 10 degree higher bag is ok as you can make up the rest with a bag liner/clothing combo/vapor liner.
2)I know the safe choice is capilene or smartwool's merino for base and the r1 hoody/LS Featherweight PowerDry Zip Neck for midlayers.Houdini wind shirt /similar stuff would be the next layer followed by Micropuff Vest/Thermawrap Vest + PolarBuff.Micropuff Pullover/Thermawrap Jacket + GoLite SnowCap would be the last layer.
To be more accurate I could calculate dry Iclu clo value of the ensemble I wish to buy.link:
Is this accurate ? This post is six months old. Is there any changes to these layers in terms of newer products that any of you wish to share with me ?
3)This post only talk about 0 f. what if it's lower than that. How would I make up for it in terms of clothing
4)Which brand backpacking boots,mountaineering boots,snow shoes are recommended ? I know la sportiva makalu,koflach arctis,msr ascent/yowies/northern lites are possibilities.
Any insulating wear jackets,belay jackets etc recommended. I missed the das parka sale :(
5)Gaiters are pretty much decided with OR crocs being the most used ones.polar bluff neck gaiters look good.
How about gloves ?
I would appreciate any and all guidance. I am also trying to keep costs reasonable but also realize a lot of equipment is going to last a long time.
Lastly I'm of Indian origin and plan to go back. So I would like to take as much gear as possible back with me.