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Preparing For a Trek

 

Preparing for your trek.


The very best way to prepare for climbing to high altitude is to climb to high altitude. Although this is difficult for most people, remember that the higher the altitude you can reach and the longer the hikes you do for training, the better. Whether it be to hike 2,000 feet to the top of the local hill or climbing larger mountains further afield; just being out hiking up hill is the best. This also allows you to get used to your backpack and boots.  You should be hiking with everything in your day pack that you anticipate carrying when climbing Mt.kenya/ Kili.
Running and biking are also very good and at least take you outdoors so you can test your equipment. Stair masters and climbing machines at the gym will work if outdoor hiking isn’t an option. Try not to go for short hard blasts of exercise but long sustained workouts instead. An adequate training regime is to maintain 75% of your max heart rate (220 minus your age) for an hour, three to four days a week. Remember high altitude mountain climbing requires acclimatization and that a strong mind is as important as a strong body. If you are fairly fit and choose a climbing itinerary that allows plenty of time to acclimatize you have the formula for success.

What to pack.

Items on this list has been chosen to maximize your comfort and safety while hiking on the mountain. The item can be hired from our mountain store as listed on the hiring charges – you are required book in advance.

For the head and the face:

  • Wool hat: Bring one that covers ears, a balaclava type is excellent. -Available for hire @ Usd 20 per hat.
  • Shade Hat: Visor hats with good brims are essential for protection from the equatorial sun.
  • Sunglasses: Essential for eye protection in the tropics, at altitude.
  • Sunscreen: Bring plenty of complete sun block.
  • Lip Balm: yourfavorite.

For the upper body:

·         Upper Body Layers: For climbing the mountain we recommend you have three warm layers. Items must be made of wool, synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation.

-          Down Jacket or heavy jacket of wool- available for hire @ Usd 40 per jacket.

·         Freece jacket or warm wool sweater- available for hire @ Usd 30 per sweater.

·         T-shirts – 3 pcs- Synthetic is the best.

·         Gloves: Wool or pile. One pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves work well- available for hire @ Usd 20 per pair.

·         Rain Parka: Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on the mountain. Bring agood rain parka- waterproof nylon that has been "seam sealed" – Available for hire @ Usd 40 per rain jacket.

Lower body:

  • Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: 1 pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
  • Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Wool or synthetic.
  • Wool, Bunting or Pile Pants: One pair that fit loosely and are comfortable.
  • Rain Trouser: Bring a good pair of rain pants- waterproof nylon that has been "seam sealed". Available for hire @ Usd 30.
  • Tights: Lycra or polypropelene type are comfortable to hike in, provide good warmth.
  • Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the trek.

For the feet:

·         Thin Socks: Two pair of synthetic socks to wear under heavy wool socks. These help to prevent blistersand keep feet dry- available for hire @ Usd 20 per pair.

·         Thick Socks: 3 pairs of heavy wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with hiking boots- available for hire @ Usd 20 per pair.

·         Hiking Boots: One pair medium weight hiking boots large enough to be comfortable with on liner sock and one heavy wool –available for hire @ Usd 40 per pair.

·         Tennis Shoes or sandals: These are to wear in camp after a day of hiking.

For sleeping:

·         Sleeping Bag: On the mountain temperatures can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheitat night so bring a warm bag- available for hire @ Usd 40 per sleeping bag.

For drinking:

  • Water Bottle: One of 2 liters wide-mouthed plastic bottles at least. The rest of days we refill with stream water. Bring purifying tables.

For carrying your gear:

  • Rucksack (60ltrs): A comfortable pack with some support is adequate to carry personal gear by the porters- available for hire @ Usd 40 per rucksack.

·         Day Pack:Small day pack for your personal loads with camera gear, water for the day and rain jacket and personal effects- available for hire @ Usd 30 per day pack.

·         Store bag of the clothes to be left at hotel. This will meet you at the hotel after the climb.

  • Plastic Bags: Several, to double bag your sleeping bag and clothes on the mountain. It can   rain every afternoon.

 

 

For personal health and comfort:

  • Toiletries: Bring enough for entire trip. Keep simple and light. Bring enough for all your needs.
  • Walking sticks: Optional* helps to balance on steep terrain- available for hire @Usd 25 per pair. 
  • Headlamp or head lamp: Important on summit day and handy in camp. Plenty of batteries- available for hire @ Usd 30 per headlamp.
  • Personal First Aid and Drug Kit:
  • Trail Munchies: Although plenty of snack food is provided, trekkers like that taste of home in their pack. Touted as an important accessory by those who have brought them in the past!
  • Hot Drink Mixes: We will provide plenty of coffee, cocoa and tea, but non-caffeinated drinks are not readily available here. Bring a supply of your favorite herbal teas.
  • Towel: For wash up in camp, a small one is fine, or you can use a bandana.
  • Towelettes: Such as "Wash 'n' Dries" for general hygiene.
  • Spare Glasses: For contact wearers in dusty conditions and any eye glass wearer while on vacation.
  • Umbrella: Very useful against rain and sun. Most guides use one.