Essential Clothing for Kilimanjaro
What would you advise, please explain the layering in detail. We are happy to purchase what is required and maybe rent the down jacket (we have goretex jackets, but are not sure if they will fit over all the gear if worn together.
Do you wear everything at once, or down jacket only at night?
Please explain in detail, as we need to spend money wisely.
I'd agree with the previous post, that its not worth forking out hundreds for a down jacket etc if you wont wear it again. Look at renting but beware things might be a little 'smelly' unless quite new.
I concur with the other posters, however, if you aren't going to use the gear again, definitely ask what will be available to hire, but just know that you are stuck with whatever sizes they might have, so you may still want to invest in a few key layers. Another option is to donate your gear to your guides and porters when you leave. They would most certainly appreciate it!
place I call home: Minneapolis, MN
For lower body. I have one pair of pants, North Face convertible trekking pants, without any thermal layer for the entire trip including summit day.
For upper body. I wore one base layer for the normal trekking plus a NF TKA 100 fleece when we got a little higher in altitude. I wore my REI Hard Shell plus a Marmot Flurry for summit day. My Flurry is worn outside of my hard shell. You should get a zero degree bag. I slept entire trip with base layer in my sleeping bag and I was fine.
To recap my entire clothing inventory.
1. Life Is Good Baseball Cap: $15
2. Mountain Hardwear Peruvian Hat: $20
3. Bandana for neck protection: $5
4. 2 base layers (duofold light weight) $10 each on sale
5. 1 NF TKA 100 fleece $25 on sale
6. REI Hard Shell: $99 on sale
7. Marmot Flurry: $75 from Ebay
8. Light weight fleece gloves from Campmor.com: $10 on sales
9. EMS brand snowboarding gloves: $15 on sales
10. Patagonia Capeline 2 boxerbriefs: $60
11. My NF Convertible pants: $25 on sale
12. 2 pairs of light weight trekking socks and 1 pair of heavy weight socks (for summit day): $25
13. My trusted Asolos TP520 goretex: $150
14. 0 degree down bag (I could have gotten away with 20 degree): $200
The total is about $750, but I own most of them for a long time now, so it's not that expensive for me. Please note, I'm a climber, I do ice, rock and mountaineering, so all of them are tested with my tolerance. You definitely should try a few things before hand.
Thanks again. Pieter.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. It also depends on how much you feel the cold and the heat. I tended to take lots of layers so I could add or remove as required. Firstly I would highly recommend the Helly Hansen Lifa thermals which are very light and they seemed to be perfect for all conditions - I sometimes find that I get really hot with normal thermals and these kept me at a perfect temperature.
Take a look at this site I put together after I've climbed KILI. It includes a list of stuff I'd recommend taking: Trek Kili
I think we now mostly have the clothing issue resolved. One needs quite a lot of stuff!!!
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