Ascending Mount Climbing Kilimanjaro ,Kilimanjaro is a unique experience and quite achievable for a large part of us, the “not super athletic stars.” It requires physical and mental preparation, true. It’s not for superheroes anymore. But climbing to the top of Africa also requires planning: what to do, what to bring, how much luggage can weigh, etc.
If you are reading this writing or are exploring an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, or planning one, or just reading to understand more about this type of adventure. Any of those reasons that brings you here (leave me a comment at the end of the writing and share), welcome and I hope you find the writing helpful! The main objective of this writing in particular is to present a list of the 05 articles that I estimate very important for you if you climb Kilimanjaro. Any doubt, do not stop asking that my goal with these writings is to help others achieve this goal.
- Sleeping bag (or bag):
Important: not any sleeping bag! It has to help keep you warm while you sleep. The best and warmest sleeping bags work best when you put on less clothes to sleep. It seems illogical but these bags work like this because they re-radiate the heat generated by the same body. My recommendation for Kilimanjaro is a sack that is rated for zero degrees Fahrenheit (-17 Celsius). Or, if you have one of the minor classification, then you will need a liner. A good reason to NOT use the lining is that in the middle of the night, when the desire to go to the bathroom is going to be strong, the lining is another obstacle in being able to reach the service (read my writing of the second day in the mountain where I explain why this is not as simple as one might think …).
In any case, the style of bag that works best is the one that has a “mummy” shape since it limits the amount of air inside the bag that has to be kept warm. A rectangular bag stores more air, therefore it is less effective.
- Bottle “nocturnal”:
I do not mean for water. Although they also need that and they can survive freezing the final night when the temperature is very low. But going back to the night bottle. I mean the possibility of saving a trip to the service in the middle of the night having a wide-necked bottle and WELL marked. Eye, not too small because in one night since one has to drink a lot of water all day to stay hydrated and also to diuretic that helps avoid the effects of height, one produces a lot of urine. The bottle is emptied at the service, closed well, and stored for the next night. For women, there are funnels that direct the liquid towards the bottle but it is one more thing to maneuver in the small space of a shared campaign shed … Again,
- “Hands free” lamp:
This type of lamp that one puts around the head is going to be supremely important not only if it goes to the service in the middle of the night or it is walked by the night camp but especially critical of the night of the ascent. And with this lamp and its use for the night of the ascent, it is necessary to bring enough batteries, remembering that the batteries last less in height Also maybe a spare bulb or two.
- Sleeping pills:
I do not like to depend on medicines like I mentioned before and I certainly did not know if these sleeping medicines would be dangerous in height. I had it at hand (in my case, Ambien) more for long flights and the first days after arriving in Africa but I had not consumed them. Our main guide suggested that if we had them, we would take half a pill to be able to fall asleep more quickly and maximize sleep times. With the fatigue we would have at the end of each day it was possible that it was so much that we could not fall asleep as fast as one thought. I listened to him and everything went well and I slept fabulously!
- A good camera:
Well, this must be obvious, you do not climb this mountain without taking a few pictures of the event. But of course, the camera depends on what kind of photographer we are talking about. A more serious photographer will want the most sophisticated camera but they weigh … And the more weight is carried, well, the greater the difficulty.