|Trusted Ex-Officio Underwear|
I have three pieces of clothing for my base layer. First, I have underwear (an obvious and rarely overlooked item) and that underwear is made of synthetics so I can wash them out quickly when the begin to stink. I tried Merino wool before but they tend to be too hot and, while the stink a lot less than the synthetics, they are difficult to wash/dry when needed. Underwear is an essential item that takes up little space in my pack and is the one item that I wear continuously throughout the climb. Mind you, I don't wear the same pair - that would not sit well with my climbing mates. The second layer I have on for most of the climb is my long base layer pants. Several years ago I stumbled across these base layers and I doubt I would ever return to the constantly sagging Merino wool or synthetic base layers. Here is a good picture (on the right below) of my X-Bionic base layer pants. They offer both compression and warmth and can be worn every day for a month and never stink - I promise. Even after a hard day of climbing where I sweat many liters, these things just seem to take in all my wonderful smells and turn those smells into something much more pleasant. You'll note that when I discuss base layers, I will constantly harp on smell. Expeditions produce rather ripe individuals and I am no exception. Best to have many redundant base layers and be prepared to clean them when your climbing mates start looking at you with the evil eye.
|Compression pants (R) & base layer (L)|
|GoLite Hard Shell pants - a necessity for all climbs|