One of the things I *really* wish I had written more about in the early stages of this journey is how much terminology I learned. What’s the difference between hardshell and softshell? What are Schoeller and Capilene (both of which I now own and love)? What the hell is a balaclava?

It was quite intimidating at first, and right now at four weeks out from the big climb, I’m thinking about it again as I check my gear list and see how much I still need to procure. I have my big items taken care of, but still need some different options in base layers and a wool hat. And a balaclava.

Does anyone have any sites to share for inexpensive gear or general mountaineering advice?

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