CAMPING & TREKKING FACILITIES LIST
Mountain Trekking Equipments Informations
Each and every item on this list has been chosen to maximize your comfort and safety while hiking on the mountain. Please read through the entire trekking equipments list very carefully. If have any questions about items on the trekking equipments list, or about the suitability of your own equipment, please contact us or a reputable mountaineering equipment dealer.
Trekking Equipments For The Head And Face
– Pile or Wool hat: Bring one that covers cars, a balaclava type is excellent.
– Shade Hat: Visor hats with good brims are essential for protection from the equatorial sun.
– Sunglasses: Essential for eye protection in the tropics at altitude, Bring a good quality pair, preferably with an IREX protection rating of 100. Attachable side shields are necessary, or bring glacier glasses.
– Sunscreen: Bring plenty of complete sun block with a protection factor of 15 or more. Unless you have spent time in equatorial sun you will probably underestimate the amount necessary, so bring lots.
– Lip Balm: With SPF rating of 15or more.
– Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection. Cleaning glasses, as wash clothes, etc. they dry very quickly.
Trekking Equipments For The Upper Body
– T-shirts: Two T-shirts that you don’t mind getting dirty while on the mountain. Synthetic is best no cotton on summit day.
– Upper Body Layers: For climbing the mountain we recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of wool, synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
– Rain parka: Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on the mountain. Bring a good parka of Goretex or waterproof nylon that has been “seam scaled”.
– Wind shirt: (optional if you have Goretex rain gear) A nylon wind shell (not waterproof), roomy enough to fit comfortably over all upper body layers. Goretex is good for both this wind shirt and for the rain coat.
– Pancho: (optional) Quick and handy protection for body and rucksack: poor protection in wind.
– Gloves or Mittens: Wool or pile: One pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves work well.
– Mitten Shells: One pair to go over your mittens. These are for use against the winds sometimes encountered in the crater and on the way to the summit.
Trekking Equipments For The Legs
– Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain
– Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Wool or synthetic.
– Wool, Bunting or Pile Pants: one pair that fit loosely and are comfortable. These are essential to be worn over the long john bottoms.
– Rain pants: Bring a good pair of rain pants of Goretex or waterproof nylon that has been “seam scaled”
– Wind pants: (optional if you have Goretex rain pants.) One pair. These are used often on the mountain for protection against wind. They should be breathable nylon and roomy enough to fit comfortably over wool or pile pants.
– Tights: Lycra types are best. These are comfortable to hike in, help prevent nettle stings, provide good warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn.
– Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the trek.
Trekking Equipments For The Feet
– Thin Socks: Two pair of synthetic socks to wear under heavy wool socks. These help to prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
– Thick Socks: Six pair of heavy wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with hiking boots.
– Hiking Boots: One pair medium weight hiking boots large enough to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy wool or synthetic sock.
– Gaiters: One pair of either high or low gaiters made of breathable material to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.
– Tennis Shoes: these are to wear in camp after a day of hiking.
– Sleeping Bag and Stuff Sac: On the mountain temperatures can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheit at night so bring a warm bag.
– Sleeping pad: A closed cell foam camping mattress is ok. An inflatable Therma – Rest type is more comfortable.
– Water Bottle: two, one liter wide- mouthed plastic bottles. – Water Treatment: this is very important. The water in East Africa is not unhealthy although its flora content is different from what you are used to. To keep your system running normally we recommend you bring two bottles of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar pure” crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water. Filtration pumps are also effective, but costly and rather bulky. – Water Flavouring: Wylers lemonade, Tang, Gatoraid, etc. This mixes are hard to come by in Tanzania and make treated water taste much better. Double bag these.
For Carrying Your Gear
Frameless Pack: A medium size comfortable pack is adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have a good waist belt. Side pockets are recommended for soft packs. Personal loads with camera gear, water for the day and warm clothes are often between 18 and 25 pounds. Pack Cover: Something waterproof to cover your pack with when hiking in the rain. Otherwise, bring a large plastic bag to line the inside. – Duffle Bag: Medium size with lock for mountain gear. This well go into our water proof mountain bag that the porters will carry. – Duffle Bag: Large enough to hold your non-mountain gear. This will meet you at the hotel after the climb. – Plastic Bags: Several, to double bag your sleeping bag and clothes on the mountain. It can rain every afternoon.
Trekking Equipments For Personal Health And Comfort
– Toiletries: Bring enough for entire trip. Keep simple and light. Few toiletries are available in Tanzania. Bring enough for all your needs. – Ear Plugs: To block out snoring and hut noise, to insure peaceful rest. – Flashlight and/ or Headlamp: Important on summit day and just plain handy in camp. Plenty of batteries. – Pocket Knife: Simple Swiss Army type with scissors. – Personal First Aid and Drug Kit: Please see attached recommended list. – Trail Munchies: Although plenty of snack food is provided, trekkers like that taste of home in their pack. Touted as an important accessory by those who have brought them in the past. – Hot Drink Mixes: We will provide plenty of coffee, cocoa and tea, but non-caffeinated drinks are not readily available here. Bring a supply of your favorite herbal teas. – Towel: For wash up in camp, a small one is fine, or you can use a bandana. – Towelettes: Such as “Wash ‘n’ Dries” for general hygiene. – Spare Glasses: For contact wearers in dusty conditions and any eye glass wearer while on vacation. – Spare Glasses: For contact wearers in dusty conditions and any eye glass wearer while on vacation. – Umbrella: Very useful against rain and sun. Most guides use one.
Recommendations For Your Personal First Aid And Drug Kit
We will have gauze, tape, aspirin, medicated soap, antibiotic ointment, antacid tablets, some antibiotics, pain killers, eye treatments, anaphylaxis kit, Imodium, compazine and Diamox. Because of liability problems, prescription drugs will only be dispensed in emergencies. We suggest you bring the following medical items. Please discuss this with your physician. 1. Intestinal disorders: Compazine, 25mg rectal suppositories; for severe nausea, vomiting. Imodium, to decrease diarrhea and cramping. Tetracycline, Cipro or Bactrim antibiotics: for initial treatment of severe diarrhea. Activated charcoal has proven to be an effective first stage treatment. 2. Cuts and scrapes: It’s wise to bring a supply of “Bandaids” to treat those abrasions that sometimes occur. 3. Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions. Erythromycin or amoxicillin tablets for skin or soft tissue infections. 4. Blisters: it is wise to bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to insure that you avoid letting any blister get out of hand. 5. Headaches: Tylenol and Tylenol with codeine**to help relieve possible altitude headaches. Nothing stronger than codeine should be taken for fear of masking potential severe altitude problems while on the mountain. 6. Insomnia: Halcion**15mg tablets. In high altitude mountaineering restlessness is not uncommon and sleep is very important. Halcion is a light sleeping pill; we do not recommend using any sleeping pills above 15,000 feet. 7. High Altitude Sickness: Diamox** (acetazolamide). 250mg tablets to be taken twice a day from 13,000 feet, to the top. This drug is widely used in high altitude mountaineering and is very highly recommended. **These drugs are recommended by Peter H. Hackett, MD in his America Alpine Club Publication.