My journey will take me from the plains of Africa to the chilly Kilimanjaro summit. With the help of the knowledgeable staff at REI, I have the right gear for the all the climate changes I will encounter. And a special thanks to my friends Steve and Amy for lending me some of their gear! For those who may take the trek in the future, here is a list of my gear! For more info, go to REI – http://www.rei.com/
Zamberlan Vioz GT Hiking Boots: Probably one of the most critical items I bought. These boots fit like a glove and I have enjoyed breaking them in.
Mountain HardWear Ascent Stretch Gaiters: My friend Steve, who also climbed Kilimanjaro, said gaiters are an essential piece of gear.
Large Backpack: I don’t have the specs on this as I borrowed this pack. If you aren’t an avid outdoors person, you may want to borrow your large pack. This pack looks like a 70L bag. This will be the bag the porter will carry on my climb.
Gregory Z30 (Sulfur Green): This will be my day pack and the pack I will take on the plane as my carry on.
Camelbak UnBottle Insulated Reservoir – 100 fl. oz. : I have learned it is important to stay hydrated at such high altitudes. This will fit into my pack, and I can hydrate through the tube!
Big Agnes, Steamboat Springs – The Ethel: Anytime you have a change to borrow equipment, I would suggest it. But make sure it is right for you. I am borrowing this sleeping bag from my friend Amy. It is down-filled and rated to 0-degrees. Your sleeping bag is key to warmth on the mountain at night.
My Outer Layer:
Mountain HardWear Exposure Parka (Black): I have already worn this out in the rain, and it is a perfect outer layer. It will definitely keep me dry!
REI Taku Pants (Black): These too will keep me dry. I haven’t worn these yet, but will before my travels.
For Outer Warmth:
Marmot Zeus Down Jacket (Black): This jacket is really cool – it’s 800-fill down. Best of all, it folds up into a small pillow. You simply roll it into the pocket and zip it!
Sherpa Adventure Gear Jumla Hat (Black): This will help keep my head warm!
Black Diamond Mercury Mitts (Black): To keep my hands warm on the final ascent!
Seirus All Weather Gloves (Black): A lighter glove to keep my hands warm at lower altitudes.
For Inner Warmth:
SmartWool Mid Weight Long Underwear Bottoms (Black): These should keep me warm during the cold nights. And of course, they are in black!
SmartWool Mid Weight Long Underwear Top (Black): I wore this top to a cold Football game. It was great and kept me very warm!
REI Lightweight Polartec Crew (Black): This shirt will come in handy when it is cool, but not too cold.
SmartWool Mountaineer Socks: I will use these on the last day of my ascent to the summit!
REI Merino Wool Hiking Socks (Grey): A lighter sock for my ascent. I got each of my socks (by thickness) in different colors. That way it will be easy to tell them apart! I got these in grey.
REI Merino Wool Light Hiker II (Navy): My lightest hiking sock. I got these in navy.
REI Silk Liners (White): These are awesome and will help keep my feet warm. And I have these in white.
REI Sahara Convertible Pants (Thicket Green): These are essential – light weight and they convert to shorts!
REI Sahara Cargo Pants (Oyster): A lightweight hiking pant.
For Casual Time:
REI Polartec Fleece Pants: These will come in handy in the evenings in my tent.
Columbia Heat 360 Half-Zip Pullover: This fleece is really cool. It has a reflective inner lining to keep your body heat in!