This weekend’s guest blog: With the help of a Mountain Warehouse kit list, Adam and Simon take on the challenge of reaching the summit of the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, in aid of Help for Heroes.
One of the great things about the Lemosho route and the mountain itself is the diversity of the climate and surroundings. We started our first day of hiking through the rainforest. The combination of the steep ascent, heat and humidity hit some of our group with the realisation of how challenging the trip would be. We reached camp as the light was fading and were greeted by our porters, hot water, tents, and a family of monkeys. Camping in the rainforest was great, there were all sorts of animals and birds and their noises constantly rang out, it also proved to be the most comfortable night as the canopy above kept us reasonably warm without the need of all our gear.
As you can imagine, the kit list turned out to be fairly substantial as the trip involved hiking through 5 climate zones from rainforest through to ice fields. Knowing that we would be camping on the side of the mountain in sub-zero temperatures we were extremely keen to find a good sleeping bag and roll mat to keep us toasty. We both chose to go with the Mountainlife Extreme Everest Down sleeping bag. Space and weight were at a minimum on the trip and we found this down bag compressed extremely well and only accounted for a fraction of our weight allowance – something we came to appreciate after a hard day on the trail!
Stay posted for their second instalment where Adam and Simon reach the moorland and get their first glimpse of the summit.