In this thorough video, highly renowned alpinist and mountain guide, Steve House, walks us through his methodology for packing for an overnight alpine climb—sharing his go-to items for ensuring that he has the adequate nutrition and gear for a lightweight and successful adventure.

Food and nutrition

For any kind of alpine climb, I pretty much rely on energy food. My favorite energy food right now is the Gu Stroopwafels. They’re light (just over an ounce), 150 calories, very palatable, stay soft when its cold.

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Cooking gear

Stove-wise I’m mostly using the Windburner these days, except at really high altitudes.

Apparel and sleeping gear

My hardshell will be in my pack. I might go with a Houdini-style jacket in really good weather … If it’s going to be windy or cold I’ll bring an M10 Jacket from Patagonia. These hardshells are so light, compact, and the fabric is so breathable.

1. 3-4 sets of hand gear (warm mittens, belay gloves, climbing gloves)

2. Patagonia Houdini Jacket

3. Patagonia M10 Jacket

4. Patagonia Hyper Puff Parka

5. Patagonia Down Sleeping Bag

6. ThermaRest NeoAir Mattress

7. Patagonia Ascensionist 30L Pack

Miscellaneous gear

These new [Petzl] headlamps with the big rechargeable batteries are pretty incredible.

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