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Advice for preparation to Everest B.C... 11-Jan-2010 At 10:29:13 PM MattyB
Yeah, that baijiu Chinese liquor is one small step removed from paint thinner, quite seriously... I'll be staying well away from that!! : O Blood thinners, however, interesting question... I know already that you're not supposed to take aspirin with Diamox...

I have everything sorted clothing-wise, except a pant dilemma. I'm wearing Icebreaker 200 long john thermals, thin Berghaus nylon pants (uninsulated), and I wanted to get a third layer for the top. I left my outer layer back in Aus (stupidly, my lovely MH Compressor pants... : ) I also carry a backup, cheap lightweight pair of nylon rainpants for a foul-weather shell.

My only two options I found in the limited market I looked at today, is- a *Gortex* (I use the term loosely) Shelled, two-layered lightly insulated (fleece lining), heavy duty (reinforced heels, knees, butt) pant, with inner gaiters, boot zips etc.... Or- a pure insulating layer, a thicker down pant with no bells or whistles. Just insulation. Both the same price.

What do you reckon for -20C-ish?? I'm attracted to the heavy duty pants for their robustness for future cold weather climbing/trekking use, but will they be warm enough over what I'm already wearing? Or is a simple insulating layer a better idea (like my MH Compressors sitting back home, getting jealous)?? : /

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