Kilimanjaro 2002!

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[ ] Running or tennis shoes and/or Teva Sandals. 1 pair to wear around camp and also for safari.
[ ] Trekking Boots. 1 pair of warm, sturdy trekking boots in which you can wear a light synthetic sock under a heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Shoes should be very Water Proof and very Warm. Recommended: Raichle Mountain Trekker or Montrail Moraine.
[ ] Gaiters. 1 pair used to keep rocks out of shoes and boots dry. Recommended: OR Crocodiles or Rocky Mountain.

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[ ] Wool or Pile Socks. 3 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. Remember to keep one fresh, dry pair of socks available at all times. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time. Suggested: Bridgedale, Thorlo, Smartwool, Patagonia. Socks with padded shins are especially nice with boots.
[ ] Liner Socks. 3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

[ ] 2 pair Lightweight long underwear. Tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility. Suggested: North Face Micronamics, Marmot DriClime, or Patagonia Capilene. Additional for women: Patagonia Capilita Trunks and Shaka Bra.
[ ] Pile jacket. Mid- to Heavyweight pile (Polartec 200-300 depending upon cold tolerance). A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover. Windstopper fleece is NOT recommended due to reduced breathability. Suggested: North Face Denali or equivalent.
[ ] Pile pants. Lightweight pile (Polartec 100) with full separating side zippers (This is very important for ventilation and for ease of dressing up or down when conditions change in the middle of climbing). Suggested: Feathered Friends, North Face Denali or equivalent.
[ ] Down or Synthetic jacket. Medium to heavy weight with hood. Recommended: North Face Summit, Mtn Hardware Sub Zero
[ ] Shell jacket. Gore-Tex, must have good hood. For the jacket we highly recommend a long front zipper, a roomy rather than snug fit and underarm zips which go well below the armpit.
[ ] Shell pants. 1 pair Gore-Tex with full separating side zips.
Shell Jacket and pants must fit over pile insulation comfortably.
Suggested for Shell Jacket & Pants: North Face Mtn Light, Marmot Thunderlight, Mtn Hardware Ethereal, Patagonia Torre Gear.

[ ] Light synthetic gloves. 2 pair pile or similar quick drying material. Should fit comfortably inside heavy mitts. Suggested: North Face or Patagonia.
[ ] Mitts with Gore-Tex shells. 1 pair each. Suggested: Outdoor Research Modular Mitts. A good pair of ski mittens/gloves work well too.

[ ] Ski or Trekking poles, adjustable two or three section. 1 pair. Suggested: Leki, Garmont, or MSR.
[ ] Headlamp, spare bulbs and batteries. A good quality climbers headlamp. Suggested: Petzl Zoom or Princeton Tek. Use AA or C-Cell batteries, bring extras!

[ ] Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model. Suggested: North Face or REI.
[ ] Warm Lightweight pile/wool hat. Hat should cover ears.
[ ] Baseball cap or other sun hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic is nice as it dries quickly.
[ ] Bandana. Used to shade your neck.
[ ] Glacier glasses. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful (Chums MelaNoNo is a good brand). No more than 8% light transmission. Suggested: Bolle, Bucci, Julbo Round "Arc"or Cebe. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses-it is a good idea to have these with "photo-gray" or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber). Talk to your eye care professional to find out where prescription glacier glasses are avalible. Regular sunglasses are not dark enough and do not provide any side protection from the sun. For prescription Glacier Glasses, contact Black Diamond (801) 278-5533 or Opticus

[ ] Sleeping bag. Expedition quality to at least 100. Down is lighter and less bulky, but more expensive than synthetics.
[ ] Ridge Rest sleeping pad. 1 full length closed-cell foam.
[ ] Therma-Rest pad. 1, 3/4 or full length w/repair kit. No Ultralights.
[ ] Backpack. A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000 max.
[ ] Water Bottles: 2 liters minimum capacity. Two 1 liter & One .5 liter wide-mouth recommended. Hunnersdorf are recommended (they withstand temperature extremes and abuse better than Nalgene, but Nalgene are acceptable) No water bags or bladder systems, they freeze
[ ] Pee Bottle (1 Liter). Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle.
[ ] Pee Funnel (for women). It is a good idea to practice, practice, practice. Suggested: Freshette.
[ ] Sunscreen. SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating. Suggested: Dermatone or AloeGator.
[ ] Lipscreen. SPF 40 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months. Suggested: Dermatone or Banana Boat.
[ ] Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.

[ ] Large Boundary Bags. 1 or 2 for transporting and storing gear. These waterproof bags are made by Cascade Designs and are needed to keep your clothing dry during transport. If all your gear will fit into one bag then you will need only one. A second small duffel can be nice for storing things at the hotel during the expedition.
[ ] Plastic bags. To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry and line pack. Trash Compactor bags are best.
[ ] Travel clothes. You will need clothing for three days of safari. Loose fitting cotton trousers or shorts and short sleeve shirts work well during the day. Bring a light jacket for town & safari. Evening time can be cooler. Safari lodges are quite nice, so long pants and a nice shirt are recommended for dining.
[ ] Toiletry bag. Include toilet paper, soap, toothbrush, towel, etc.