In his first major expedition since an April ski disaster on Alaska's Mount St. Elias that left two dead (SI, April 29), ski-mountaineer John Griber is currently shredding at 21,000 feet, some 5,000 feet from the summit of Cho Oyu, on the Nepal- Tibet border. Here's what he brings along when he goes looking for some tasty clear-cut on the ninth-tallest mountain in the world.
(1) SLEEPING BAG
Inferno Endurance ($649), by The North Face (www.thenorthface.com)
"This bag, specially made for expedition camping, is roomier around the body and feet than weekend bags, so you can wear extra clothes or boots."
Baltoro Jacket ($499), by The North Face
"Built like a sleeping bag, it's a great choice for extreme weather conditions. I like its basic, functional attributes: a snug, insulated hood and large pockets."
Expedition 36 Tent ($579), by The North Face
"I bring two tents for the Himalayas. This roomy, three-person tent is for base camp. It's got a high ceiling and lots of space for storage. Our high-camp tents are very similar, but with a lower profile, so they don't catch the wind."
S-Series ($470), by Arbor Snowboard (www.arborsports.com)
"On expedition in Nepal, I can't call the local snow report every day to get conditions. This freeride board works incredibly well in all types of stuff."
(5) ICE AXE
Snowalker ($70), by Petzl (www.petzl.com)
"A light axe is important in climbing the world's ninth-tallest mountain. This is definitely light."
Harvest ($1.35) and ProteinPlus ($1.95) bars, and PowerGel ($1.25), by PowerBar (www.powerbar.com)
"Up high I tend to eat the gel more. No chewing needed, just open and squeeze."
(7) Prophet 65 backpack, The North Face
(8) Mountain Light Pant, The North Face
(9) Himalayan Mitt, The North Face
(10) Kevlar boot covers, Forty Below (www.fortybelow.com)
(11) water-bottle holder, Outdoor Research (www.outdoorresearch.com)
(12) Tetrax harness, Petzl
(13) Quark bent-shaft ice axes, Petzl
(14) Elios Class helmet, Petzl; BlackLite cookset, Mountain Safety Research (www.mountainsafety.com); stove, Primus, (www.primus.se)
(15) 8.8-mm dry rope, Petzl; DuoBelt headlamp, Petzl; avalanche transceiver, Life-Link Pieps 457 (www.altrec.com)
(16) dehydrated food (lasagna and fettuccine alfredo), Backpacker's Pantry (www.backpackerspantry.com)
(17) boots, Dynafit (www.life-link.com)
(18) Ecrins crampons, Petzl
(19) Himalayan shovel, Life-Link
(20) Odyssey III adjustable poles, Life-Link