Mountain Climbing Equipment
When it comes to prepping for a mountain climb, it’s necessary to be prepared for whatever the Mother Nature has on offer. The temperature and weather conditions change from a place to another.
The top-quality mountaineering clothes and equipment are the investment that will help you embark on years of adventures. It’s wise to choose carefully without compromising on quality. You can consult with El Mundo Safaris to help you with choosing the right mountain climbing equipment.
Knowing Your Personal Needs
It’s really important to know your body perfectly. If you are someone that gets cold easily, you should carry a couple extra layers or wear thicker material. If you feel hot, you may not need as many layers. Are you prone to sunburns and blisters? These are some questions to ask yourself while preparing for your mountain climb adventure.
If you need to buy a new pair of hiking boots, try them with a good pair of hiking socks. Remember that, getting perfect fit is more important than brand. Take enough time to choose a pair that fits you the best. El Mundo Safaris suggests you to have a pair of sneakers or light weight hiking shoes throughout the trip.
We also suggest having a pair of sneakers or light-weight hiking shoes on the trip. These may serve as your “camp shoes” or walking shoes for warmer days. Some days on the mountain you will hike in these shoes. It is important to be able to change footwear to aid in prevention of blisters and other foot discomforts.
Some people use Crocs or Keens sandals for camp shoes. Just make sure you can fit in thick socks or a couple layers of socks for the higher altitude camps. Also keep in mind that you will not be able to use these as an additional pair of hiking shoes.
It is very important that your clothes fit loosely and comfortably so that you can layer your clothes perfectly. It’s a key to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Please keep in mind that you need to know the colors that how they absorb or reflect heat. Light colors can be chosen for tops because they look cooler while hiking in direct sunlight. Go for dark colors when worn under other layers.
When climbing the mountain during the rainy season (March to early June), make sure you have waterproof and windproof gear. To protect against the cold, a perfect combination or gloves – liner gloves or wind-stopped fleece gloves to wear under mittens. A sun hat, baseball cap or bandana is equally important to prevent sunburns. Don’t forget to bring a good pair of UV protection sunglasses.
Gaiters can help you walk through mud in the forest and scree on summit day. In addition to, you should think about weight. Choose only versatile or multi-functional clothing and equipment like well-insulated, light weight down jackets and fleeces, zip-off leg pants, heat-tech t-shirts or material that will help you breathe and insulate very well, and light weight extra footwear.
While climbing, your porters will be carrying the majority of belongings. For portability, we suggest that guests pack their belongings in a duffel bag. You can pack your clothing and sleeping gear in plastic or dry bags, in case of rain.
You will carry a day pack during the daytime that will hold your water and the rest of the essentials for hiking. A top opening 30L day-pack with internal frame is preferred. Buy a backpack with a waterproof pack cover – which will be perfect during rain.
Carrying at least 3L of water is recommended. You should consume water regularly to keep yourself hydrated and help you fight against altitude sickness. Don’t forget that the summit can reach below freezing temperature that means your water can freeze, if not stored in an insulated water bottle or CamelBack. If you want to choose a Camelbak, ensure that the tube is covered with an insulated tube.
We at El Mundo Safaris recommend bringing a sleeping bag that is suitable for -10C to 0C and a synthetic down sleeping bag for weight. Try to find a comfortable light-weight sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner made of silk for weight and additional insulation.
Useful Items for Hiking and Comfort
Buy adjustable trekking poles to help you while ascending and descending.
A small or medium dry towel or two is desired. We will provide you with warm water in the evening to wash up and in the morning to freshen up.
Bring a Swiss army knife or scissors.
Do you take Diamox against altitude sickness? You can bring an additional water bottle or Nalgene bottle. The side effect of Diamox is the regular urination but getting up in the cold three or four times during the night that will disrupt your sleep and is simple bothersome.
A small or medium quick-dry towel or two are always useful. During your trip, you will be provided with warm water in the evenings to wash up and warm water in the mornings to freshen up. Women who would like bring a pee bottle should bring a pee funnel such as Go Girl as well.
Bring a personalized first aid kit with you. Band-aids, ibuprofen, Neosporin, moleskins or any anti-septic creams are perfect for your first-aid kit. Don’t forget to take Diamox, stool softners for diarrhea like Imodium. Wet wipes are really good to have; but they are not eco-friendly. This is why we suggest you to bring small towels and/ or bandanas.
Suggested Packing List for a 6-day Kilimanjaro climb:
2 pairs of shoes – One pair of hiking boots, one pair of sneakers/camp shoes
1 – 2 pairs of hiking shorts
2 pairs of hiking pants – waterproof and windproof highly recommended
2 pairs of thermal bottoms for hiking
2-3 thermal tops for hiking – varying warmth levels recommended
2 T-shirts (for warmer days, typically the first and second day)
1 Warm and quality fleece
1 Waterproof and windproof jacket
1 Down jacket
Sun hat/baseball cap
Warm gloves – some people have chosen to use glove liners and ski gloves
Warm scarf of balaclava
6 pairs of trekking socks – varying thickness/warmth levels recommended
A set (or two) of clean clothes to sleep in
Equipment and accessories:
Waterbottles/Camelbak with tube-insulation cover totaling at least 3L
A sleeping bag
A sleeping bag liner (silk is best for warmth and weight but any will do)
A light sleeping mat/pad
Trekking poles (optional)
A comfortable day pack (30L should be sufficient)
A headlamp and spare bulb and batteries
Sunscreen and chapstick
2 small towels
Toiletries – small bar of soap (we can provide), toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper (we will provide some for you) and whatever else you deem necessary
Small and personalized first aid kit – bandaids, moleskin, aspirin/ibuprofen, neosporin/anti-septic cream and any additional prescribed medication
Energy bars/snack bars/trail mix/electrolyte drink powders – matter of personal preference
Ear plugs (optional)
Sleeping mask (optional, though before your summit, you will be trying to fall asleep when the sun is still out)
Camera and accessories