Gear List For Kilimanjaro

As many of you know, mountaineer Alan Arnette is in the midst of his Seven Summit Climbs for Alzheimer’s during which he hopes to reach the top of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents in an effort to raise money and awareness of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

 He has already completed four of the climbs (Vinson, Aconcagua, Everest, and Elbrus) and was denied a summit attempt on Denali due to persistent bad weather, and in a few days time he’ll leave for Africa, where he’ll attempt Kilimanjaro.

Over the weekend, Alan posted an update to his blog sharing the gear that he’ll be taking with him on this climb. As he notes, Kili is a different kind of climb, as it is actually a “hike-up” mountain that includes a lot of altitude, but not much technical challenge.

The result is that it isn’t as gear intensive as some of the other big peaks, although Summit Day does require warmer gear than most of the rest of the trek. Alan also included a video showing off his specific gear and sharing the items that he’s taking with him. You’ll find that video below.

I know that Kilimanjaro is is a popular destination for many adventure travelers, and I regularly get e-mails regarding the trek. I thought that Alan’s blog post and video would come in handy for anyone planning their own trip to Kili as it will help you to know what exactly you should be taking with you when you head to Tanzania.

There is no need for a bulky down suit on this expedition, although you do pass through five climate zones from the base of the mountain to the summit, so you still need to bring plenty of gear along.

After Kili, Alan will next head to Indonesia to climb Carstensz Pyramid and then on to Australia for Mt. Kosciuszko, the tallest point on that continent.

Kraig Becker

5 thoughts on “Gear List For Kilimanjaro”

  1. I sure hope you bring more than a liter of water in your daypack. I was drinking 4-5 liters a day to help with acclimatization when I was on Kili last week.

  2. No worries. Alan has topped out on Everest, Vinson, Aconcagua, and more. He definitely knows what he's doing.

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