It is a huge technical and creative challenge to climb Mt. Everest and explore practice-based-research in-the-field. No single expedition equipment list therefore is going to cut it. Here is what I first started with and then expanded upon:
Daypack (55 lt volume holding <10 kg) Worn trekking for 6-8 hours per day
□ Gore-Tex Jacket & Pants □ Wool Beanie □ NASA Cap □ Sports Glasses □ Buff x 2 □ Kid Gloves □ 50+ Invisible Zinc & Lip Balm □ Water Bottle 1 lt x 2 □ Retractable Trekking Pole □ Money, Passport, Itinerary and Valuables □ Basic First Aid Kit □ Wet Wipes □ Tissues x 4 pack □ Hand Sanitiser □ Snack Bar □ MacBook Air Laptop □ GoPro 4K HD Camera □ Audio Recorder □ Batteries & Accessories
I also choose to wear La Sportiva Approach/Base Camp Boots all the way to Base Camp with Mund Socks, a Down Vest, Trekking Shirt or Wicking Thermal (long sleeve), The North Face Trekking Pants and/or Thermal leggings.
Night Duffle Bag (60-90 lt volume holding 30 kg) Carried by Porters to TeaHouses
□ Combination Lock □ Down Jacket □ Thermal Tops & Pants □ Underwear □ Trekking Clothes □ Shell Jacket □ Fleece Top & Pants □ Gloves □ Socks x 3 □ Knitted/fleece Booties □ Pink Crocs □ Pillow Case □ Headlamp/Torch □ Medication & Spare First Aid □ Personal Toiletries □ Pocket Knife □ Safety Orange Gaffa Tape □ Microfibre Towel □ Stuff Sacks, Zip Lock and Plastic Bags □ Wet Wipes □ Tissues □ Solar panel charger □ Chemical Hand & Toe Warmers □ Hot Water Bottle
Expedition Duffle or Drum (90-120 lt holding 30 kg) Taken by Porters/Yaks/Helicopter directly to Everest Base Camp
□ Combination Lock □ RAB Down Suit □ RAB Windsuit □ Marino wool Balaclava □ Fleece Gaiter/Ear Band □ Glacier Glasses □ Expedition Socks x 3 sets □ Liner Gloves □ Fleece Gloves □ 8000m Climbing Boots (La Sportiva Olympus Mons) □ MONT Down Sleeping Bag (-40C) □ XL Thermarest □ Headlamp + Spare Lithium batteries □ Snow Goggles x 2 □ Large Plastic Bags □ Pee Bottle & She Wee □ Chemical Hand & Toe Warmers □ Main First Aid plus spare Medication □ Cup, Bowl, Spoon □ Wet Wipes □ Australian Flag □ Pins for Summit □ High Energy Food
I borrowed the following: □ Ice Axe □ Crampons □ Helmet □ Climbing Harness □ Belay / Rappel Device □ Locking Carabiners x 3 □ Non-locking Carabiners x 3 □ Mechanical Ascenders x 1 □ 6m x 8mm Cord □ Long Prusik □ Expedition Mitts
Electronic Equipment Case (Transported by Porters/Yaks/Helicopter to Tea Houses or Everest Base Camp)
□ NeXus 10+ MK II UK System □ 1T Hard drive x 2 □ PC Laptop □ BRCK (plus leads) □ 360 degree Camera housing mount □ GoPro Accessories □ Writing Paper/Pens □ Spare Batteries □ Adapters □ SIM cards □ Locked Mobile Phone □ Art materials
What I wished I had packed the first time:
□ Satellite Phone □ Snow Gaiters □ Down Sleeping Bag (-20C) □ 100+ UVB Sunscreen □ Prescription Diamox, Decadron & Sildenafil □ Sterile Syringe □ AMS quick check list □ iPad
Extras that I was able to secure in Kathmandu for the second approach:
□ Silk Sleeping Bag Liner □ Down Pants □ “Unlocked” Mobile Phone! □ Trekking Map NE517 □ Disinfectant Soap □ Mission Patches □ Waterproof Electronic Bags x 2 □ Notebook & Spare Pens □ Laser Pointer □ Pigment □ More High Energy Snacks □ Thermos /Espresso Plunger □ Water Bottle Covers □ Down Booties (with soles)
While Bending Horizons is the most complex project that I have ever proposed to undertake, on many levels, it is the most simple, timeless and human endeavour: walk to the top of the mountain, discover things along the way, and share that with others – something humans have been doing since developing capacity for self-awareness. I just happen to be exploring a rather tall mountain, with some pretty interesting skills and technologies to help me share this while I am on the move, and to much bigger tribes distributed across the planet. Having spent 12 years as a commercial diver and researcher often living and working in remote areas, undertaking high risk work, I can see the parallels when it comes to packing for a new adventure. Commercial operations underwater require daily interactions with advanced life support, communications systems, extreme cold, extreme fatigue, crew life, and the physiological and psychological effects of pressure changes and in these space, I created art. When it came to packing to go on-site however, I just added a camera, a laptop and a few lycra suits and water-proofing solutions to my technical dive bags and I had a portable arts studio. I’m enjoying the transition from underwater to altitude. There are so many new, but very familiar challenges to keep me on my toes.
(Photos to follow. Data transfer between device delays here).