Gear for the Climb


Trip Participants
Selecting the Route
Guide/Trekking Company
Training for the Climb
Gear List

Travel to Tanzania
Pre-Climb Orientation
Day 1: to Forest Camp
Day 2: to Shira 1 Camp
Day 3: to Moir Camp
Day 4: rest day at Moir
Day 5: to Lava Tower
Day 6: to Arrow Glacier
Day 7: Western Breach
Day 8: Summit day
Day 9: Descent

Safari After the Climb

Hiking  Distances
GPS Coordinates
Contact Information

Most trekking companies will provide you with a detailed list of what you should bring on your Kilimanjaro climb. I recommend that you follow their lists very closely, and take everything that they suggest. Although, I had done a lot of hiking, I did not have any of the extreme cold-weather clothing, or "high-tech" base layers that are important for the climb. Thus, I ended-up buying most of my gear specifically for this trip. The following items (and stores) served me well; however, comparable items and brands will do just fine.


Source Item
Base layers (bottoms) Cabela's MTP Hunt Series Tech Silk Weight Drawer
Cabela's MTP Polar-Weight Drawers
Cabela's ThermaStat Polar-Weight Drawers
REI REI Polartec 100 Teton Pants
REI REI MTS Boxer briefs
Pants REI CS Venture Convertible Cargo pants
REI Alpine Lakes Full-Zip Pants (water proof shell)
Base layers (tops) REI REI Polartec Power Stretch Pullover
REI Patagonia Capilene Midweight Crew
REI Patagonia Capilene Lightweight Crew
REI REI Tech Tee Shirts
Jackets REI North Face Venture Acclimate (water proof shell)
Plateau Outdoors North Face Nuptse down jacket
Campmor Cascade Poncho II
Gloves REI REI Performance Glove Liner
REI North Face Denali Gloves
REI Outdoor Research Snowline Mitts
Headwear Campmor Campmore Balaclava w/ Hytrel
Marmot Marmot PreCip Safari Hat
REI REI Windpro Microfleece Watch Cap
Footwear REI Montrail Torre GTX Hiking Boots
Campmor Outdoor Research Crocodile Gore-Tex Gaiters
REI REI Marino Wool Hiking Socks
Misc. Gear REI REI Lookout Pack (2,500 cubic inches)
Campmor Nalgene Water Bottles (2) - 1 liter
Campmor Platypus 2-Liter Reservoir
Campmor Leki Makalu Ti Ultralite Trekking Poles
Campmor Fitovers Sport Polarized Sunglasses
Campmor Spenco Blister Kit
Campmor Therm-A-Rest Pillow
Campmor Tinker Swiss Army Knife
Campmor Tweezer Magnifier
Campmor 1-liter water bottle parkas (2)
Campmor Katadyn Micropur Water Purification tables
REI Zenix IQ LED headlamp by Black Diamond
REI Brinkmann Rebel LED flashlight





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