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If you plan to explore Chile’s Atacama Desert at any elevation or time of year, you’ll need extreme cold weather gear. This is triply true if you wish to climb the 22,615-foot Ojos del Salado — earth’s tallest volcano — and descend on a mountain bike. Below, you’ll find a bicycle light enough to carry up and tough enough to careen down, plus a burly helmet, necessary should you go over the handlebars. Also: the warmest bag and tent I’ve slept inside, paired with the most comfy (and insulating) sleeping pad. Just as crucial: a kit to keep your body warm for a full week and all manner of useful, desert-resistant (though not desert-proof!) accessories. After you’ve stocked up, completing the trek is up to you.
The Gear: Patagonia Grade VII Down Parka $899 Patagonia M10 Anorak $379 Patagonia Galvanized Pant $299 Outdoor Research Alti Mitts $199 La Sportiva G2 SM Boots $825 Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack $260 Leki Cristallo Trekking Poles $120
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Speed and Protection
The Gear Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie $6,500 Specialized Dissident Helmet $350 Julbo Aerospace Goggles $240 Farm to Feet Damascus 1/4 Crew Socks $19
The Gear Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Tent $750 The North Face Inferno -40f/-40c Sleeping Bag $729 Big Agness Insulated Double Z Sleeping Pad $110+ Black Diamond Storm Headlamp $37 MSR Whisperlite International Stove $100 GSI Outdoors Halulite Pot $40
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