The Ultimate ‘Kilimanjaro Trek’ Gear List
Darwin Andrew, one of our in-store gear specialists at Wild Earth, has put together the ‘Ultimate Gear List’ for Mick Gordon’s Kilimanjaro charity trek and we thought you may like it!
Daypack - Osprey Stratos 36L (must have a rain-cover for the tropical weather at the base)
Duffel - North Face 90L or 120L duffle (or similar heavy-duty duffel, NO hiking bags)
Sleeping bag - Sea to Summit Trek 3 (or any -10 deg bag) Remember the liner NOT cotton.
Trekking poles - Komperdell Explorer Contour (or similar telescopic poles with baskets
Be sure NOT to use a bladder system as the altitude increases as the water inside the tube becomes frozen. Use a Nalgene Wide Mouth bottle instead x2
Upper body layering
Base - XTM Merino thermals (Polypro is fine too)
Mid - North Face TKA fleece
Mid Down - North Face Aconcagua jacket
Shell - Marmot Minimalist jacket (any Gore-Tex jacket will do really)
Headlamp - Black Diamond Spot 325 Lumens (I prefer Lithium batteries in them too)
Liner - Outdoor Designs Fuji glove
Outer - Outdoor Designs Summit glove
Lower body layering
Trekking trousers - Any synthetic pants (many use zip-off)
Softshell pants - Marmot Scree pants
Outer - Marmot Minimalist trouser
Boots - must be higher around the ankle and be Gore-Tex
Shoes - Mainly for lower areas and around camp
Socks - Bridgdale Summit socks (or similar thickness)
Gaiters - Sea to Summit Quagmire MeVent
With its summit at 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and represents a challenging adventure for any aspiring mountaineer. The harsh environment and coinciding high-altitude puts heightened stress on both a climber and their gear. But with this gear list you will be on the right track in preparing to tackle this impressive peak.