I have posted my questions and have received some great advice on BPL so far. Rod had advised me to post my gear list so it could be critiqued and excess or unnecessary items can be trimmed.
Here is the list.
(A) VBL RBH designs mitts and socks. Thinking about the jacket and pants. Will decide in a week's time.
(B)WM versalite and WM Puma
Not yet bought !
Have coleman canyon 32 for south india treks.
sleeping ba liners can be easily stitched in India. So that's that !
(C)have closed cell sleeping pad
ridgerest. Need warmlite DAM
(D)arcteryx bora 95 Himalayas
and ULA circuit south India
(E)asolo tps 520 GTX
Maybe la sportiva makalu's. Have heard good things about it from people who have climbed and trekked in the himalayas.
Bought smartwool and darn tough vermont socks 10 pairs
bought wigwam thermax 4 pairs and coolmax liners 3 pairs
Bought a pair of leech socks for monsoon trekking.
(f) A pair of crampons.
grivel g12--not yet bought.
Thinking about new matic versus new classic.
NC would fit both my boots where as NM would fit only the makalu as the asolo does not have a welt
(g) A pair of walking poles.
BD expedition trekking poles
(H) Insulating tops
WM meltdown is what I'm thinking of at this moment.Not yet bought.
Have OR mentor jacket and Arc theta bibs
fleece vest and jacket for south India,down vest and primaloft synthetic jacket and belay jacket OR chaos for Himalayas
I) PVC rain suit for really hard downpours in south india
(j) A Mitten shells with Liners.
(K) water treatment and A Hydration system
have msr miniworks ex and aquamira
platypus big zip SL 2 litre
(l) A Glacier glasses.
julbo dolgan glasses--category 4
(m) A pair of Gaiters.
OR crocodile gaiters or OR expedition crocs.
Not yet bought.
(n) Ice Axe BD raven ice axe or raven pro
I was advised to go for 55 cm length as my height is 5' 4". Can anyone comment on why I would not need an ice axe of length 80 cm ?
I read somewhere out here that in an incline more than 30 degrees it would would be impossible for a person of my height to use an 80 cm ice axe.
o) have power dry sekri zip top and 1 pair cap 2 and cap 3 ziptops and pants
Need cap1's.Not yet bought.
Do I need more?
p)have trekking pants and trekking synthetic long sleeve tshirts
MH pack pants 2
3 EMS techwicks,2 adidas synthetic shirts,2 MH super wicked tees
q) Have a eureka timberline tent that I can use for south India.
Thinking of hilleberg nallo 2GT as my mountaineering tent
r) need compass and whistle, first aid kit is cheap in INdia
Did get that sam soft splint which might not be available in India
Have a swiss knife with some features. Not very heavy.
Bought some nikwax spray dwr,down wash etc
Bought goretex and ripstop nylon repair kits.
s) msr xgk ek stove
Need fuel bottle 3 33 OZ's is what I' thinking. what do you guys think ?
Need to carry 15 days of fuel. Since I will be going in groups in the beginning I can pay a porter to carry rest of the fuel for me.
How much would I need ?
I did read somewhere that 250 ml/8.5 ounces per day per person is reasonable
t) Need 50 feet rope
50 feet EZC 2 Line rope
u) have lightweight and expedition weight polyproylene balaclava manzella from campmor.
v) have fleece/synthetic cap/hat
just regular non branded stuff
w) need gloves/mittens/glove liners
x) have seatosummit 35 litre and 20 litre drysacks to keep things dry
one is for himalayas and the other is for south india .
y) do I need compression sack to compress clothing and cleeping bag ????
z) Need a pair of synthetic insulating pants like mountain hardware compressor pants..
Thinking about buying a pair of schoeller dryskin pants.Not cheap !
bought some chemical hand and toe warmers.
I am thinking of purchasing pots, pans ,spoons ,forks from India. Stainless steel stuff is really cheap about 5-10 $ each at most
What do you guys think ?
Do i need the rei titaniums pots ,pants,BPL spork etc
Do I need synthetic or down booties ?
Do I need a windshirt ? Have cabelas windy pass jacket and pants.
I welcome any and all comments. Thanks in advance to everyone !