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RECOMMENDED MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT AND GEAR - For the required items consult with the team leader

 

FOR THE HEAD AND FACE:

- Hat: Bring one hat that covers the ears, a balaclava type is excellent.
- Shade Hat: Visor hat with good brim is essential for protection from the equatorial sun.
- Sunglasses: Essential for eye protection in the tropics at altitude, Bring a good quality pair, preferably with an IREX protection rating of 100. Attachable side shields are necessary, or bring glacier glasses.
- Sunscreen: Bring plenty of complete sun block with a protection factor of 15 or more. Unless you have spent time in equatorial sun you will probably underestimate the amount necessary, so bring lots.
- Lip Balm: Bring one or two With an SPF rating of 15 or more.
- Bandanas: Bring one or two quick dry Bandanas or buff to tie around the neck. They provide protection from the sun. They can also be used to clean glasses, as wash clothes, etc. .

FOR THE UPPER BODY:

- Upper Body Layers: For climbing the mountain we recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of wool, synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
- T-shirts: Three non cotton T-shirts that you don't mind getting dirty while on the mountain. Synthetic is best.
- Rain Parka: Afternoon showers are common on the mountain. Bring a good parka of Gore-Tex or waterproof nylon shell that has been "seam sealed" and breathable.
- Poncho: Quick and handy protection for body and day pack.
- Gloves or Mittens(Wool or pile): One pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves work well.
- Mitten Shells: One pair to go over your mittens. These are for use against the winds sometimes encountered in the crater and on the way to the summit.

LOWER BODY:

- Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain
- Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair(Wool or synthetic).
- Wool, Bunting or Pile Pants: one pair that fits loosely and comfortable. These are essential to be worn over the long john bottoms.
- Rain Pants: Bring a good pair of rain pants of Gore-Tex or waterproof nylon that has been "seam sealed"
- Wind Pants: One pair. It is (optional if you have Gore-Tex rain pants). These are used often on the mountain for protection against wind. They should be breathable nylon and roomy enough to fit comfortably over wool or pile pants.
- Tights: Lycra or polypropylene types are comfortable to hike in, provide sufficient warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn.
- Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the trek.

FOR THE FEET:

- Thin Socks: Two pairs of synthetic socks to wear under heavy wool socks. These help to prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
- Thick Socks: Six pairs of heavy wool or synthetic socks to wear for warmth with hiking boots.
- Hiking Boots: One pair of medium weight hiking boots ,large enough to be comfortable with two layers of socks (liner and heavy socks).  Remember to break them in at least one month before the trek.
- Gaiters: One pair of either high or low gaiters made of a breathable material to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.
- Trail running or regular sneakers: These are to wear in camp after a day of hiking.

FOR SLEEPING:

- Sleeping Bag and Stuff Sac: On the mountain temperatures can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheit at night so bring a warm bag. Recommend zero to 15 degree bag.

FOR DRINKING:

- Water Bottle: One liter wide- mouthed plastic or aluminum bottle.
- Water Treatment: We will filter your water with a Katy dyne water filter.
- Water Flavoring: Drinking Plain water gets boring. We recommend you try different powdered energy drinks while exercising (training) and see which ones you like the most when you’re really thirsty. Then bring some on your trip.

FOR CARRYING YOUR GEAR:

Frameless Pack: A comfortable pack (medium size) with some support is adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have a good waist belt. Side pockets are recommended for soft packs. Personal loads with camera, gear, water for the day and warm clothes are often between 15 and 20 pounds.
Pack Cover: Something waterproof to cover your pack with when hiking in the rain. Otherwise, bring a large plastic bag to line the inside.
- Duffle/Zip Bag: Large enough for mountain gear. This will go into our mountain bag that the porters will carry.
- Duffle/Zip Bag: Large enough to hold your non-mountain gear. This will meet you at the hotel.
- Headlamp: Important on summit day and handy in camp.Bring plenty of batteries.

FOR PERSONAL HEALTH AND COMFORT:

- Trail Munchies: Although plenty of snack food is provided, trekkers like that taste of home in their pack. Recommended as an important accessory by those who have brought them in the past.
- Towel: For wash up in camp, a small one is fine, or you can use a bandana.
- Spare Glasses: For contact wearers in dusty conditions and any eye glass wearer while on vacation.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR PERSONAL FIRST AID AND DRUG KIT:

We carry a First-Aid kit on the Mountain. We suggest you bring the following medical items. Please discuss this with your physician.
- Intestinal Disorders: Compazine (25mg rectal suppositories) for severe nausea, vomiting. Imodium, to decrease diarrhea and cramping. Tetracycline, Cipro or Bactrim antibiotics for initial treatment of severe diarrhea. Activated charcoal has proven to be an effective first stage treatment .
- Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions. Erythromycin or amoxicillin tablets for skin or soft tissue infections.
- Blisters: It is wise to bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to insure that you avoid letting any blister get out of hand. “Second Skin” and moleskin are recommended.
- Headaches: Tylenol and Tylenol with codeine to help relieve possible altitude headaches. Nothing stronger than codeine should be taken for fear of masking potentially severe altitude problems while on the mountain.
- High Altitude Sickness: Diamox (acetazolamide). 250mg tablets as advised by your physician.This drug is widely used in high altitude mountaineering and is highly recommended.

 

OTHER:

- Trekking Poles: A pair of trekking poles is highly advised. They provide better balance and footing and decrease the amount of stress on your legs and joints.

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