Gear: Mount Rainier Multiday



One of the things I hate the most about multiday or expeditionary style Rainier climbs is the sheer amount of poop you end up carrying around. I actually end up packing a little more frugally to justify all the ziplock freezer bags along just to keep that poop safe.

Read the full Fuhrer Finger story here.

Gear Rating Legend

Best in class!  This is a non-climb/expedition specific choice. Regardless of the climb/expedition at hand, this piece of gear is a favorite.

Terrific! It’s almost as if this piece of gear was made for this climb/expedition.  There is no better piece of gear than this to get the job done right here.

Good!  This piece of gear performed well, as expected.  There may be something slightly more optimal out there for this specific climb/expedition, but this still worked very well.

Okay.  This piece of gear performance was average during this climb/expedition.  It may not have been the ideal piece of gear, but it got the job done for the most part.

Less than ideal.  This piece of gear may have some great aspects, but none of those aspects particularly outweighed their negative aspects during this climb/expedition.

Terrible!  This piece of gear posed as a real challenge in itself and made the climb/expedition considerably worse and possibly introduced unnecessary dangers to the situation.

(Keep in mind that some pieces of gear may function as “Terrific!” on one climb/expedition, and “Terrible!” on another.  The more specific a piece of gear, the better it may perform during some conditions while the worse it may perform in others.  All items here are high quality and have their merits in some regards.)

Top Layers

  • ⭐ Icebreaker Sphere LS Hood
  • ⭐ Arc’teryx Gamma LT
  • ⭐ Mountain Hardwear Ghostwhisperer Hoody
  • ⭐ Arc’teryx Alpha SL
  • 🙂 Arc’teryx Alpha IS


Bottom Layers

  • ⭐ Mammut Base Jump Pants
  • ⭐ Mountain Hardwear Ozonic Pants
  • ⭐ Under Armor UA Base 2.0



  • ⭐ La Sportiva G5
  • 🙂 Smartwool Mountaineer Socks*


*I now use Smartwool PhD Mountaineering Socks rather than their classical mountaineering sock. Their classic socks tend to bunch up quite a bit and can get pretty moist.  Their new technical PhD socks are far superior in my opinion.


  • ⭐ Outdoor Research Extravert Gloves
  • ⭐ Outdoor Research Stormtracker Gloves
  • ⭐ Outdoor Research Arete Gloves

Technical Climbing Gear

  • 🙂 Cassin X-Light Adze
  • 😀 Petzl Sarken Crampons
  • 🙂 CAMP Alp Mountain Harness
  • 🙂 Black Diamond Vector Helmet
  • ⭐ Petzl Reverso
  • ⭐ Petzl Attache Locking Carabiners
  • 🙂 Petzl Ange S Carabiners
  • 🙂 Mammut Contact Slings
  • ⭐ 1x Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screw 21cm
  • 🙂 1x Black Diamond Ice Clippers


Personal Gear

  • ⭐ Mountain Hardwear South Col 70
  • ⭐ Julbo Explorer 2.0 Glacier Glasses*
  • 🙂 Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Poles
  • ⭐ Feathered Friends Hummingbird UL 20
  • ⭐ Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm



  • 🙂 Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
  • ⭐ Garmin Fenix 5s
  • ⭐ DeLorme InReach Explorer