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Kilimanjaro – Kit Preparation

June 1, 2016

The big climb is only a few weeks away and my kit bag is filling up with all sorts of fancy gear and thermal layers that I knew nothing about just a couple of months ago.

There is a new vlog showing my kit so far and a very Scottish accent;

For those who don’t know much about the area and wonder why we require so much kit; As we travel from basecamp up the mountain, hopefully reaching the summit, we will be travelling through 5 different climatic zones each with different weather and temperatures. From sweaty temperatures in the harsh sun to snow, ice and driving winds it’s going to be quite an experience.

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Everything in our kit bags has to see us through these massive changes in weather. This is an example of what I have planned for the journey;

Lower mountain slopes- The weather will be likely to be hot and sunny so light weight clothing like shorts, t-shirt and light layers will suffice but everything must be lightweight and sweat wicking. There is also a possibility of rain so we need light rain jackets, waterproof bag covers, spare clothes to stay dry and things like insect repellent.

Mid mountain- The temperature is starting to get colder and we have to start layering our clothes for maximum heat. The nights can drop below freezing so we have to stay warm to ensure a good sleep. Also as we move higher the sun is stronger so we need to be careful for sunburn.

High Mountain- On the higher mountain and leading to the summit the altitude is extremely high and the weather conditions are freezing with snow, ice and strong winds. We will require lots of different gear to conserve heat – thermals, base layers, down jackets, waterproof/windproof jacket and trousers, balaclava, hats, gloves. Handy other things to keep us going will be walking poles, music with headphones, lots of snacks – yay!

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There are many items of kit required for this and the expense mounts up quickly – you don’t want to cut corners on essentials like good quality, sturdy hiking boots. If you get the essentials wrong your time on the mountain could be miserable.

Keep up to date on all my social pages for more mountain preparation with just a few weeks to go.

Have a great day,

Heather x

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4 Comments

  • Reply OPNO June 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Good old nalgene bottles;)

    • Reply Heather June 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

      I had never heard of a Nalgene bottle before a month ago, now they are my favorite thing 🙂 Actually I hadn’t heard of most of this kit just a few weeks ago.

  • Reply OPNO June 4, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    West Coast Canadian kids had to have a nalgene bottle to be ‘cool’ in highschool. Whether or not you actually climbed or hiked;). The only way to party on the roof of the school (climbing up, if you dropped your nalgene, you didn’t lose your drink since it didn’t break;) ). Ahhh memories.

    Your training post makes me ruefully smile. I consider getting into bed a workout these days as a preggo whale of a woman:). West coast though, we hiked a lot. Climbing I did because my uncles were into it. Nalgene. Only way to do the West Coast trail.I broke every thermos/flask or container that didn’t weigh too much besides nalgene lol.

    • Reply Heather June 5, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      Oh that’s awesome so now I am West Coast ‘cool’ without even knowing it 😉 And I will definitely remember to store my drinks in a Nalgene when going to party on a roof, you don’t want to loose your drink after all that effort of climbing up!

      When your preggo just keeping yourself going is a workout in itself, just take it easy. I’m only doing this trip to get 10 days away from home, ha ha!! x

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