The Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared,” will serve you well for climbing 14ers. Prepare for rapidly changing weather (blistering sun, rain, snow—all in the same day!); to be out longer than you anticipated; to be hungry and thirsty; and for the possibility that you may need to spend an unexpected night on the trail.

Pack Checklist:

Long pants suitable for hiking and climbing
Long-sleeved shirt
Lightweight but warm midlayer (fleece, wool, or insulated)
Waterproof/windproof jacket
Knit hat
Lightweight gloves
Enough food, snacks, and water (a large hydration bladder or several water bottles)
Compact space blanket
First aid kit
Multitool like a Swiss Army knife
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The Micro Vario Carbon DSS collapsible trekking poles from Leki have a new dynamic suspension system that reduces vibration along the trail—and saves your knees on the descent. $220,

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Petzl's revamped ultralight Sirocco helmet now offers more protection to the back and side of the head, and weighs just about 1/3 of a pound. $130,

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Lowa's split-leather, waterproof Acro GTX Mid trekking boots (Sassa for women) provide the foot and ankle support you'll need in a lightweight package. $235,

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Gregory's Maven 35 women's pack (Paragon for men) provides easy carrying and great ventilation, while holding everything you'll need on a peak. $160, 

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Portability defines the sunnies from year-old Popticals and its Popstars impact-resistant Carl Zeiss lenses that are treated to repel dirt, dust, and liquids. In just a few easy steps, the Italian-made shades fold down into a compact size that fits in the palm of your hand.A similarly sized, hardshell carrying case slips neatly into your jacket pocket, bike bag, or backpack. From $189,

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