Bibs - Aconcagua

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Bibs - Aconcagua

Postby ThnkSno » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:43 pm

I'm increasing my mountain climbing and backcountry trips and I'm considering getting bibs this year for Aconcagua. BUT....they're pretty pricey along with all the other/new gear needed for the trip. Thoughts?
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Re: Bibs - Aconcagua

Postby Dave B » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:19 pm

Bibs are unnecessary in my opinion, a good pair of soft shell pants with a pair of light weight full zip rain pants to put over them if needed.
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Re: Bibs - Aconcagua

Postby MuchosPixels » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:25 pm

Bibs are great for deep powder skiing and also ice climbing but for a hike and a mixed climb might be overkill. But they offer awesome protection from the elements and more warmth since there will be a huge overlap with your jacket so cold air doesnt get into the gaps easily. If its very windy thats an advantage. Some people like em some don't I guess it depends on how a particular model fits you and how comfy you feel in em. I for one prefer pants with quite a bit of stretch.
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Re: Bibs - Aconcagua

Postby dfrizzle » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:35 pm

my 2 cents:

Snagged the Stoic Bombshell Bibs off of Backcountry earlier this fall when they were on sale. They're well reviewed and come in at a reasonable price if you can find them on sale. Click the backcountry link from 14ers and give this site a little kickback too! You might also try geartrade for the same bibs...
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Re: Bibs - Aconcagua

Postby Gabriel » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:39 am

On Aconcagua my lower body layers were nylon hiking pants over bare legs to Nido camp. Summit day was from Nido and I started out with lightweight longies/heavyweight longies and Marmot precip pants. The heavyweight longies came off after about 30 minutes and I got to the top in just the lightweight longies and precip pants. Bibs are probably not practical for Aconcagua.

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Re: Bibs - Aconcagua

Postby ed20320 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:06 am

I fully agree that Bibs are not needed for Aconcagua. my summit day was unfortunately -10 F, snowing and 30 MPH winds and my gortex pants/down liners were perfect for me. since your only climbing with an axe, they are overkill and you would probably roast to death at the lower elevations.

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