LIST FOR KILIMANJARO for Alpine Ascents
Please note: This online gear list is only
[ ] 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
[ ] 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
[ ] 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
[ ] 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
Suggested for Shell Jacket & Pants: North Face Mtn
Light, Marmot Thunderlight, Mtn Hardware Ethereal,
Patagonia Torre Gear.
MITTS & GLOVES
[ ] 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
[ ] Baseball cap or other sun hat. One with a good
visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic is nice as it
[ ] 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
[ ] Ridge Rest sleeping pad. 1 full length
[ ] 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 cu.in.
[ ] 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
[ ] 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
[ ] 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.