I was wondering if anyone can help ? I currently have a Vango Super Nova sleeping bag which states goes up to -12 degrees , will this be warm enough ( especially on summit night ?????? )
Also , does anyone have any good recommendations on a quality down jacket , gloves etc . Really want to make sure I am as warm and comfortable as possible.
As we are flying out with KLM , we are fortunate enough to be able to take an extra 23 kilos which I would ideally like to take any old hiking kit out there with me to give to the porters before our climb . Is this at all possible ??
Many thanks in advance , just a mere 8 months to go now (EEEEKKKKK !!! )
I love my Rab Neutrino Endurance Jacket, its filled with lots of down, water resistant and has a hood, spend as much as you can afford on one, I looked at lots and this one was great value for money, you really do get what you pay for. I hope my Marmot Angel Fire sleeping bag rated to -9 will be ok for when we go on our Kili trip but I will be adding into my kit a fleece sleeping liner, Thermarest blanket and a nalgene bottle to fill with hot water each night (this worked well on our Everest basecamp trip). As for gloves, mine were useless on our EBC trip, hand warmers and mittens I think will be my next combination to try.
Our Kilimanjaro trip is just after yours as we go on 27th December.
Many thanks for your reply , I shall be looking into possibly a fleece liner but I am concerned about weight . Me n sis are thinking about hiring another porter as we want to hire their sleeping mats but also take our own inflatable . We reckon the better rested the more the chance of making the summit .
We have booked our flights with KLM which means we can take up to 46 kilos each . Am trying to get info on if we can bring extra old kit with us to donate to the porters pre hike as well as things to give to the local community ie schools etc . ( We arrive the night before , long story .......) so would like to use this opportunity to do this early the next morn .
You did EBC ? Well I was fortunate enough to win the Feel More Alive competition with Exodus in January and we have won this trip !! Am soooooo excited but terrified at the same time !!! Will let you know all about Kili and any tips you have will be warmly welcomed .
Thanks again Clair
We are due to go in April 2014 , would be wonderful if you could share your diary with me ! How is your training going for Kili ?? My sister and I have opted to hire an extra porter ( £70 between us ) for the hike . I know some people may think we are just being lazy but after we hiked to Machu Picchu in Peru , the "hired" sleeping mats that were offered were very very thin. We are going to hire the sleeping mats but in addition bring our own self inflating mattresses too ! Figure out the better rested we are the more chance we have of the summit !!
Am currently doing research as dont know whether or not my current sleeping bag will be warm enough ( -12 max ) so although I have a silk sleeping liner , did not know if to invest in a new sleeping bag , a fleece liner or have seen some info on Merino Wool liners ( which seems to be really popular as no matter how smelly you get , it does not carry odours lol ! ) In addition to that , as I stated earlier , as we are flying with KLM me can take extra luggage with us and not only are we looking to donate old kit to the porters ( possibly pre hike as have read some reviews that the guides take all the best stuff first ) but also am trying to find out if there are any local schools that we can visit in the morn before the rest of our group arrives to take donations with us ie pens , paintbrushes etc . By eck , we will have our hands full !!!
Am also looking to invest in some extreme weather gloves to couple up with merino wool liner gloves . What route have you decided on ?
Please do keep in touch , would love to hear any tips you have and will most certainly share our Kili experience with you .
All the best
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