Episode #213: Kilimanjaro—Roof of Africa


Episode #213

Kilimanjaro—Roof of Africa

Host Bill Ball begins the ascent of the highest mountain in Africa. Trouble almost immediately
affects the team as the cameraman suffers from fatigue and altitude sickness. Just over half way, the trip is in serious doubt as altitude, cold and wind force the team to evaluate their fitness to continue and now face their biggest challenges of the climb—a near sheer wall of rock and the grueling 18 hour day that is required in the final ascent. Is success in the cards or is this a near miss?

Gear List (courtesy of Climbing Kilimanjaro)

Essential Items

  • Duffel bag - large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters.
  • An extra bag to be left at the hotel with extra gear
  • Small luggage lock - to lock zippers
  • Day backpack - between 20 - 35 litres. Large enough to carry your water, camera,
  • raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski-pole / walking stick
  • Water bottle / containers
  • Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at Park gate)
  • High Altitude Gear
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex, Gore-Tex or
  • Jeantex)
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)
  • Polar fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear (under layers)
  • Mittens or warm gloves
  • Glove liners (if necessary)
  • One pair thermal (polertex) socks
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal water flask
  • Hiking Gear
  • Shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Regular underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Footwear
  • Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots - mid weight boots work great
  • Shoes for overnight camps - i.e. sneakers, running shoes, etc.
  • Socks - several pairs for the climb
  • Liner socks - to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters

Equipment

  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
  • Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles - two or three (total capacity at least 4 litres)
  • Head lamp, good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap
  • Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries

Personal Items

  • Toilet kit (soap, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Towel
  • Sun screen and lip protection, SPF 30+
  • Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
  • Toilet paper
  • Money belt for passport and valuables
  • Medical and First Aid Supplies
  • Headache tablets
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhoea - Imodium
  • Nausea - Valoid
  • Malaria - Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Muscular sprains
  • Abrasions blisters and cuts - Plaster, bandages
  • Antiseptic cream - Betadine
  • Flu and colds
  • Eye drops
  • Insect repellent

Optional Items

  • Camera, extra lenses and film (ASA 200 film recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
  • Energy snacks and sweets
  • Video camera, tapes, battery packs and tri-pod