KILIMANJARO GEARS

Gears needed for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Carrying Gears

LARGE DAY PACK: with padded shoulder straps and waist belt; used for carrying personal gear such as water bottle, extra clothing, snacks, camera, etc.

LARGE DUFFEL BAG: with a lock; mountain gear will be kept in it and the entire duffel will go into the group mountain bag that will be carried by the porters. Limit loads to items on the equipment list. Your large duffel will weigh between 10 kilos MEDIUM DUFFEL BAG: to store your non-mountain gear; this will be stored at the hotel, to be used after the climb and will be brought to your hotel BAGGAGE TAGS: makes identifying your bags easy at the airports or hotels

PLASTIC BAGS: sleeping bag and clothes will be double-bagged while on the mountain for protection from afternoon rains. Heavy duty garbage bags work great and can store dirty or wet

SLEEPING GEARS.

SLEEPING BAG AND STUFF SACK: night-time temperatures on Kilimanjaro can be as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit so bring a warm bag

SLEEPING PAD: full-length Therma-Rest or equivalentHead and Face

PILE OR WOOL HAT: it must cover the ears; a balaclava works well

SHADE HAT: a visor hat with a good brim is essential for protection from the equatorial sun

BANDANNAS: various uses – cleaning glasses, sun protection when tied around the neck, etc.

SUNGLASSES with side shields or GLACIER GLASSES: essential eye protection whether in the tropics, at high altitudes or by the water

Upper Body

T-SHIRTS: two t-shirts that will get dirty; polypropylene is best; no cotton

UPPER BODY LAYERS: three warms layers for the upper body. These must be made of wool, polypropylene or pile. Layers must fit over each other and provide good insulation. A long underwear top, a sweater and a pile or heavy wool shirt make a good combination. Cotton should be avoided.

RAIN PARKA: a good parka made of Gortex or waterproof nylon that has been seam sealed. Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on Kilimanjaro.

PONCHO: quick and handy protection for your body and your day pack; poor protection in windy rain

WOOL GLOVES OR MITTENS: wool or pile; one pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves works well

MITTEN SHELLS: one pair to go over mittens; provide protection from the wind and rain at higher altitudes on the mountain {Optional}

DOWN OR SYNTHETIC JACKET: although not required some individuals may prefer to bring a heavier expedition weight jacket for cold mountain nights.

Lower Body

UNDERGARMENTS: adequate supply for the entire climb

HIKING SHORTS: one pair of quick-drying shorts; good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain

TIGHTS: comfortable to hike in, protection from vegetation and sun-burn, warm on cool misty days; Lycra are best

LONG UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS: one pair, either wool or polypropylene

PILE, BUNTING OR WOOL PANTS: one comfortable pair that fit loosely over the long underwear bottoms

RAIN PANTS: a good pair of Gortex or nylon pants (nylon pants must be made of breathable, water resistant nylon); must be roomy enough to fit comfortably over pile or wool pants

Feet

THIN SOCKS: two pair of polypropylene socks to wear under heavy wool socks; help prevent blisters and keep feet dry

THICK SOCKS: six pair of heavy wool or polypropylene socks

HIKING BOOTS: one pair medium weight hiking boots large enough to be comfortable with one thin and one heavy sock

GAITERS: one pair of high gaiters made of breathable material; keeps dirt and snow out of boots

TENNIS SHOES: to wear in camp after a day of hiking

Personal Health and Comfort

TOILETRIES: toothbrush and paste, comb, shampoo, tampons, foot powder, hand-cream, etc. Bring enough for the entire trip as few are available in Tanzania.

SUNSCREEN: bring plenty of sun block with SPF of 15 or more. It’s easy to underestimate the amount necessary for equatorial sun protection.

LIP BALM: must have SPF rating of 15 or more

EAR PLUGS: to block out snoring and other noises to ensure a good night’s sleep

FLASHLIGHT AND/OR HEADLAMP: bring extra batteries

ADJUSTABLE SKI POLES: required to assist with a rigorous descent from the mountain

POCKET KNIFE: simple Swiss Army type with scissors

PERSONAL FIRST AID AND DRUG KIT: see Health and Medical Information

TOWEL: for wash up in camp

TOWELETTES: individually wrapped anti-bacterial towels are great for general hygiene

SPARE CONTACTS OR GLASSES: contacts can be a problem in dusty conditions; glasses wearers should have a spare set

UMBRELLA (optional): protection from rain and sun; most guides use one

PORTABLE CHAIR (optional): Therma-rest and Crazy Creek both make light-weight, comfortable portable chairs. Stools are provided in camp for dining

SNACKS (optional): bring a supply of your favorite snacks to eat on the climb. It is a nice treat for the Porters to receive a small snack on the climb

FINGERNAIL BRUSH (optional): for removing dust from your nails, clothes or boots

PLASTIC SANDWICH BAGS: keeps personal items separate and dry-water

WATER BOTTLES: two one-quart, wide-mouthed plastic bottles. If you use a collapsible water bottle or hydration system you are welcome to bring it along for drinking water. However, continue to bring at least one hard plastic bottle in addition. These can be used in cold weather as hot water bottles in your sleeping bag (example: Nalgene ).

WATER TREATMENT TABLETS: two bottles of Portable Agua or Polar Pure crystal iodine; purifies drinking water while on the climb and is lightweight and easy to use

WATER FLAVOURING: powdered additives like Tang, Gatoraid and Wyler’s lemonade make treated water taste better

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