I resume my coverage of gear by moving ever so slowly up my body. Today, I discuss my torso gear. I discuss each article moving from my base layers outward. So, without further delay, here goes....
I rely on my X-Bionic base layer top for warmth and recovery.
|My favorite base layer - the X-Bionic top|
|A typical tech shirt|
I often bring about 5 or 6 of these tech shirts because they are light, take up no space when compressed, and get smelly quickly so they need to be either recycled or discarded in my bag of stinky clothing. I also wear them every day so I need to have a few changes while I climb. Many days when the temperature reaches 30F (2C) or higher, I wear these shirts and a light top so they are quite versatile.
|Long-sleeved tech shirt|
|My puff down jacket - used as a mid-layer or just as a light outer jacket|
Finally, we get to the most outer layer covering my torso. I rely heavily on my big parka. This jacket is so warm it can keep me toasty in the coldest temperatures. I wear this as soon as I get into camp after climbing all day, crawl under it when I sleep on cold nights, and lounge around in it at basecamp when I get a chill. Think of it as a sleeping bag with arms - not quite the coverage as my summit suit but it covers my torso and head nicely.
|My down parka|
The other article I rely upon when climbing - almost daily - is my hard shell top. I purchased this top almost 8 years ago and patched it, resealed it, and tortured it for that entire duration. When I climb, I typically wear only the bare necessities under this top. I find a tighter, wind-stopping outer layer allows me to stay warm while I climb. Stopping for long periods requires more insulation so if you plan to climb with minimal layers, keep moving!
|My hard shell top|
I have two more areas of my body to cover - well, three. Over the next few days, I intend to cobble together more pictures of my head and hand wear. My final post on gear includes those articles that cover my entire body. There are not many articles of clothing that do that job but there is one in particular that I rely upon heavily for summit day. So stay tuned for more gear.
Thanks for following and a huge thanks to Alan Arnette for interviewing me for his blog.