What to wear? Layering systems

Believe it or not, the gear you wear outside functions best within a systematic approach.   The basics include base layers (close to the skin, usually merino wool), a midweight fleece of light jacket (1/4 zip), a goose down insulating system, and finally an outer shell to protect you from rain, snow, sleet and wind!


Lake Superior Ice Spray







How does Ed Viesturs do it?  Check out his Mt. Rainier summit pack, and packing list.  Rainier is known to have some of the most unpredicatble weather on the planet, so this list will give you a great systematic approach to warmth and comfort while outside.


Ed's Pack


Ed's List


First Ascent…Guide Built and Approved!

If your accountant walked up to you and said “here, I suggest using this baseball bat”.  Would you?  Maybe.

If Albert Pujols came over and said “hola, I suggest you use this bat.”  Would you? Fo’ Sho! I am guessing you would take Fat Albert’s suggestion.

If American alpine climbing legend Ed Viesteurs recommends using a down jacket, or a technical shell…I’d say he’s a pretty credible source.

Storm Shell

Microtherm Sweater - Limeade

First Ascent (Eddie Bauer) is a line of outdoor gear that lives up to its tag of “Guide Built.  Guide Trusted.” The best part of this line is its mix of simplicity, and technicality.

Take Ed Viesteurs for example.  Here is a man who gave up a possible Veterinarian career to pursue some of the most radical adventures on the planet (7 Everest summits, 1st American to summit all fourteen, 8,000 meter peaks…Basically he’s a guy!)  He, among other world-renowned guides, heads up First Ascent’s guide team.


The best part, is nothing goes to market without these guides signing off on the product first.  Which means that each zipper, hood, or cuff has professional guides opinion and input.  This tactic from Eddie Bauer creates gear that is light-weight, tactical, and simple. Their product lines cover what you need, and they continue to expand their product choices.

Check ’em out!  Eddie Bauer – First Ascent

Guide Built. Guide Tested.