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Personal and Team Equipment

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Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Rwenzori and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
  • 3 regular carabiners;
  • 2 locking carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Crampons - must fit boots exactly;
  • 2 ice screws;
  • 1 long and 1 short prusik (5mm) sling;
  • Adjustable, telescoping trekking pole (optional, but highly recommended). back to top

Upper Body-

  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • 1 polar fleece jacket;
  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • Cotton shirts and/or long and short sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
  • Warm thermal underwear tops.
  • Umbrella (optional); back to top

Hands-

  • Warm mitts and gloves.

Head-

  • Warm Hat;
  • Sun hat, plus cotton head‑scarf or "bandana";
  • Helmet;
  • Head torch, with batteries and lamps;
  • Sunglasses. back to top

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;
  • Warm thermal underwear bottoms;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 1 pair walking shorts. back to top

Feet-

  • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (make sure they are "broken‑in");
  • Snow gaiters (optional);
  • comfortable, warm, all day rock shoes (Using your good quality all‑leather hiking boots is okay too but for smaller hard climbs the rubber shoes will be much more fun);
  • Mountain boots that can fit crampons for going to the summit;
  • Light shoes for camp and mud‑wading in jungle at base of mountain;
  • Warm Socks;
  • Cotton socks. back to top

Sleeping-

  • Sleeping bag for ‑10 centigrade (15 Fahrenheit);
  • Sleeping Mat. back to top

Rucksack-

  • Rucksack, small or medium (maximum 50 litre/3,050 cubic inches). You will carry this small bag;
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • Kit bag (duffel) with lock, (80‑100 litre/5,000-6,000 cubic inches). Your porter will carry this large bag. back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • Sun cream for face, and Lip sun cream;
  • Wash Kit, bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • Female/Male hygiene products;
  • Mosquito repellant cream;
  • hand wipes. back to top

Medical-

  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine, Antibiotics for chest infection;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
  • Malaria preventation Medicine;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • Prescription glasses, extra contact lens supplies (contact lens wearers: there is a lot of dust here, you definitely need to bring prescription glasses as a backup);
  • Earplugs;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills, they are a respiratory depressant. back to top

Personal Food-

  • On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our porters will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
  • We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 1-2 kilos is a good amount. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". back to top

Practical-

  • 2 one‑litre water bottles;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Binoculars;
  • Photos of your Home and family to show your new friends;
  • Several Waterproof plastic sacks, ie: rubbish sacks for your sleeping bag, shoes, etc;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for basecamp and in town;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, proof of insurance card, flight ticket, flight itinerary. Keep all in plastic bag;
  • cash for hotels, visas, small items and gratuities. Credit card, traveler's cheques. Use an "under the trousers" money belt, not one of those round‑the‑neck jobs or bum‑bags that are really more of a sign showing where the money is;
  • Extra gifts of used clothing shoes, hats jackets, for the porters, their wives, children and mothers and fathers;
  • Lots of patience. Please relax, this is AFRICA !!
  • * PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO THIS LIST ON THE TREK, DUE TO PORTER RESTRICTIONS (18kg). HOWEVER, YOU CAN BRING YOUR FULL BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE TO AFRICA THEN LEAVE THE EXCESS IN STORAGE AT TTHE HOTEL BETWEEN TREKS/CLIMBS ‑THANK YOU back to top

Group Equipment

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

* PLEASE try to LIMIT YOURSELF TO THIS LIST, DUE TO BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS. THANK YOU back to top

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

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