Packing for Kilimanjaro climb a challenge
Ben Webster, expedition leader and documentary filmmaker, provided the climbers with a gear checklist and recommended clothing. But at least one member of the expedition has packed a few extra items including one jokingly referred to as “the kitchen sink.” It’s actually a collapsible 10 litre bowl that Len Kerekanich plans to wash his socks in after washing up at the end of the day. “But I won’t be able to use it after the second or third day because it will be too cold for adidas hamburg anything to dry.”
“I’m always looking for a better mousetrap,” he says with a laugh. “I have pretty much all the latest gadgets. because they never did release it here. And just in case that fails or doesn’t work in certain areas of the mountain, I’m actually going to have a portable satellite phone with me.
“I don’t like to be out of communication,” Kerekanich, a 51 year old businessman, explains. “I check my e mails every day that I can. The only time I’ve ever been out of contact is if I’m someplace where there just isn’t any way of contacting anybody (like in a jungle). I find (keeping in contact) is less stressful than if I didn’t know (if I have any e mails).
“A lot of the stuff I have . I use all the time and I have been acquiring over many years. If you’re only going to do Kilimanjaro and not going to use it again, you probably don’t need to buy it.”
Before leaving for Tanzania, Kerekanich said everything he’d packed brought the weight of his duffel b adidas hamburg ag to exactly 40 pounds, the maximum weight porters, who carry the duffel bags for climbers, will tote. If his bag turns out to be over the limit, Kerekanich plans to carry any excess items in his day pack along with essential and personal items such as water, sunhat/sunglasses/sunscreen, toilet paper and walking sticks that climbers must carry with them.
Even without any gadgets, Janet Giles says her day pack weighs between 9.1 and 11.4 kilograms (20 and 25 pounds).
“I didn’t realize it was going to be quite that much,” she says with a laugh, otherwise she would have worn the pack while training for the trek.
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