One of the reasons that climbing Kilimanjaro is so challenging is the five climate zones you pass through on your way to the top. I mean other than the oxygen level is half of what is normal at sea level, but I digress.
And it’s those different climate zones that make packing a real challenge. Fortunately, I won’t have to carry it all, that’s the reason porters work on every climb. These porters will carry the bulk of my gear and I get to concentrate on making it to the top.
Aside from the actual cost of the trip itself, getting good gear for the climb will be my greatest cost so I need to make my list pretty carefully. I’ve search a lot of websites and blogs to come up with a list and so far here’s what I’ve got. Thanks to Tanya at Off-Track Backpacking for the basic list. Tanya did the trek in January of this year.
- Day pack with rain cover: I’ve already got my Osprey Atmos 35L that I used for our European trip last year. Just need to get a raincover
- Duffel bag: will be used to carry whatever I won?t need during the day. The porter will carry it for me. Got this already.
- Waterproof trekking boots and extra shoes just in case. My Asolo Powermatic 200 GVs will be the boot for this trek. I’ll probably just through it a pair of slip-ons for around camp.
- Gaiters: used to protect yours legs from branches, snow, mud, etc
- Thermal outer socks: either wool or synthetic
- Inner socks: use a synthetic small sock before wearing the bigger sock
- Waterproof pants: to protect against rain and snow. I’ll probably look at a GoreTex pair from Farwest
- Long pants: a pair of warm and another pair of light pants, both made of wool or synthetic. I’ve got zip-off pants that can do dual duty.
- Shorts: when hiking at the bottom of the mountain
- Thermal underwear made of lycra to protect against the cold.
- Jacket, both wind and waterproof
- Waterproof outer gloves and a pair of inner gloves
- Long sleeved shirts and t-shirts (synthetic or wool). Icebreaker looks like a great brand although I already have a few synthetics
- Toque to protect my head against the cold and wind and a hat to protect against the sun
- Headlamps with spare batteries so I can see at night. I’m looking at a Petz
- Insulated water bottles so my water doesn?t freeze. I have a 3litre bladder for my daypack. I’ll need an insulated drinking tube though
- Travel towel: it?s compact and dries quickly. I use microfiber work towels from Costco
- Trekking poles: it helps save energy during the hike. It’s also easier on the knees during descent.
- Sunglasses, swiss army knife, whistle, small mirror, string/rope, watch, first-aid kit. Whistle is built-into my pack. Probably won’t bring a watch though.
- Sun lotion and ?lip balm with sun protection, insect repellent
- Kleenex, wet wipes, biodegradable?soap bar,?no rinse shampoo, foot powder. Hadn’t thought about the shampoo issue before.
- Flavored powder to put in water: The water is filtered but doesn?t taste good.
- Rehydration salts: in case I?m dehydrated. I’ll probably skip this and use Gatorade in the water
- Power bars and other snacks to keep up energy levels
- Sleeping bag: needs to be warm enough for the last night on the mountain. I’ve got a silk liner that will make it warmer.
- Sleeping pad: my back could be a problem so this is really important. I already have a self-inflating one that could work but I’m still considering other options.
- Camera: Not technically needed but I’m not going that far without taking pictures to prove I did it.
I think that’s everything. Can you think of anything I might have missed?