Simon Ingram's Kili kit list

Hi all � Following some requests from LFTOers keen to see my kit list from Kilimanjaro, I�ve finally pulled my finger out and done one!

I climbed the mountain by the Machame Route in February. Days were fine in the morning, stormy/snowy/rainy every afternoon and cool to freezing at night.

Night temperature in the high camps was around minus 5 deg C.

Temperature on the summit in the wind was minus 676 deg C. Give or take. (I don�t know the true temperature but with wind chill, it was damn cold. Think Cairngorms in winter.)

This is as much as I can remember; and it is by no means a perfect, take-this-and-you�ll-be-absolutely-fine list!

Some of it wasn�t used, some of it isn�t available any more and some of it I wouldn�t take again, but it�s what I took and I cannot lie! For the record I was pretty comfortable. Except for the below.

If I was doing the trip again I would take two extra pairs of gloves and/or some mountaineering overmitts for the summit night, nicer toilet paper and more waterproof bags for the stuff in my duffel sack.

I would also take a sunhat, some glucose sweets for the last day and consider a marginally warmer sleeping bag and a waterproof cover for it, as condensation can be a problem in higher camps.

Finally if you�re taking a Platypus or CamelBak, take a mouthpiece cover and a thermal sleeve.

Your water will freeze on the last day, and on every other day every time you put your rucksack down the mouthpiece WILL fall on the floor and it WILL get dirty. And you will not like the taste of Kili dirt.  

Have fun!


I have star rated the kit as regards its indispensability on my Kili trip � NOT how good it is. (***** = Indispensable; * = not used)



Rab Neutrino Down Jacket *****
Rab Photon Smock *****
P�ramo Velez Adventure Light ****
Mountain Equipment Fleece Gilet *****
Mountain Equipment Morpheus Waterproof ***
Mountain Hardwear Ascent Gaiters ****
Gelert tough 30L Rolltop Drybag *****
Scarpa Chamonix GTX 4-season Alpine boots (discontinued) *****
Icebreaker Nomad ***
PowerMonkey Explorer ****
Ajungilak Mammut Sphere 3-Season *****
Rab JagBag Silk Sleeping bag liner *****
The North Face Midweight XTC Baselayer 1/4 zip *****
P�ramo Cambia Long Sleeve reversible baselayer *****
Buff *****
P�ramo Stretch Hat snood thing *****
The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag (Large) *****
Smartwool Merino Hat *****
Extremities Powerstretch Beanie ***
Petzl Myo XP Headtorch ***
Black Diamond Spot Headtorch *****
Vaude Triset 35+8 Rucksack *****
Leki Super Makalu Poles *****
Exped SynMat Pump Sleeping Mat *****
Platypus 3.0L *****
P�ramo boxers *****
Sigg Bottle *****
Exped Crush Drybags (mix) *****
Smartwool Leggings *****
Julbo Category 4 glacier glasses *****
Bloc Recoil Sunglasses *****
Garnier Ski & Snow *****
Ajungilak Deluxe Air Pillow *****
Extremities Corbett GTX gloves *****
The North Face Apex Alpine Pants *****
Rucksack Cover *****
Powertraveller Small iPod Speakers *****
Nite MX10 watch *****
Prana Lightweight climbing trousers (discontinued) *****
Berghaus Storm GTX Overtrousers **
Aquapac iPod case *****
Midweight Smartwool Merino Trek socks x 7 *****
Anti bacterial wipes ***************
Toilet paper *****
Vango Storm Shelter *
First Aid Kit (With Nurofen, Plasters, AntiSeptic) *****
Emergency phone powerpack ***
Glenfiddich hipflask filled with a cheeky 18 year-old reserve *****

Boots and camera gear aside, all this came in at around 19kg

Canon EOS 400D w/Canon 28-150mm, Canon 80mm-200mm, Sigma 10-20mm
Ricoh GX100 Digital compact
Polarising filters, ND grads, lens cloths
LowePro Sideline Shooter Camera waist pack and lens packs
JVC Everio HD video camera + Mics
Velbon lightweight tripod
TrekMates Optera Pro flexible tripod
Tons of batteries + waterproof covers

Watch Simon's Kili vid here!