Kilimanjaro Gear List And Rental Form

Gear List
• Every item on the gear list below is needed for your climb. You can use the Gear Lexicon to get a better sense of definitions and possible substitutions.
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Rental Form
Please click the 'Reserve Rental' checkbox and complete and submit the form at bottom of page. A confirmation email will be sent to you shortly.

Gear Lexicon
We offer you an encyclopedia of mountaineering gear with definitions of use. This list is NOT trip specific and to be used as a reference and planning tool.

Alpine Ascents Gear Shop
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The Alpine Ascents Online Gear Shop is currently open and has an excellent stock of the products on your gear list. We also have a retail store open during business hours and we always accept orders via phone.

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Rental Sizing and Shipping Information Below

Please be reminded that rental gear is shipped to you in the US prior to your departure to Africa. If need be we can also help arrange rental gear from our local outfitter that can be picked up in Arusha.

Climbing Equipment

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Headlamp (Batteries not Included in Rental)  
      Bring spare bulb & batteries. No Halogen bulbs: they take more power and have a shorter life.

Adjustable 3 section Ski/Trekking Poles
  Shock absorbers are not recommended.
Trekking Poles


    Hiking Boots
  1 pair of sturdy boots in which you can wear a light synthetic sock under a heavy sock comfortably, either wool or synthetic. Boots should be very waterproof and very warm.
Hiking Boots

Gaiters. 1 pair used to keep rocks out of shoes and boots dry.

  Wool or Synthetic Socks
  3 pair heavyweight socks to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots.
Warm Socks

  Liner Socks
  3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Liner Socks

  Running or tennis shoes.
  1 pair to wear around camp and also for safari.
Trekking Shoe

Technical Clothing

  Synthetic Short Underwear ( M | W )
  2-3 Pairs of NON-Cotton short style underwear. (boxers, briefs, panties, bras etc.) Amount based on personal preference.

  Lightweight Long Underwear ( M | W )
  2 pair tops & bottoms, Capilene, other synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile. Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days on the glacier and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.
Lightweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Heavyweight Long Underwear ( M | W ).
  1or 2 pairs top and 1 pair bottom. Synthetic or wool. No Cotton. Heavier and warmer than the lightweight layer above. Used as a layering/ warmer piece over lightweight layers for colder conditions, such as summit night. Also for sleeping in, and down time in camp when not climbing.
Heavyweight Long Underwear
M | W

  Trekking Pants. 2 pair. Lightweight nylon trekking pants worn during start of climb and safari.
trekking pants

Soft Shell Pants ( M | W ) (Optional)
      These non-insulated pants can be worn in place of trekking pants while on the climb, especially higher up and for summit night. They provide a higher level of warmth and also repel light rain.
Soft Shell Pants
M | W

Soft Shell Jacket ( M | W )
  Mid-heavyweight. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.
Soft Shell Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood ( M | W )
  We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
Hard Shell Jacket
M | W

Hard Shell Pants ( M | W )
  Waterproof, breathable pants that are easy to put on and take off. Short ankle zippers are fine as long as it's not difficult to pull your pant legs over your boots.
Hard Shell Pants
M | W

Insulated Down Jacket or Parka w/ hood ( M | W ). Medium to heavy weight with hood. Cut large for layering over long johns, soft shells and/ or hard shells.
Insulated Down Parka
M | W

Insulated Micro-Puff Jacket ( M | W )  
      Optional. Thin cut, for layering underneath shells. Used more frequently than the heavier summit down jacket, and easier to fit in the pack. Especially useful for those people that are cold easily. May be synthetic or down material.
Insulated Synthetic Jacket
M | W

Insulated Synthetic Pants ( M | W )
  Be sure pants can be removed while wearing boots.
Down Pants
M | W


  Buff. Most versatile face/neck protection available. Great for dust. June-September season is very dusty above the forest zone.

  Dust Mask. Optional for those that are sensitive to dust. June- September season is very dusty above the forest zone.
Dust Mask

  Wool/Synthetic Ski Hat. Make sure ears are covered.
Wool Hat

  Balaclava. Lightweight. Look for a simple lightweight model.

  Baseball Cap or other Sun Hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic (quick dry)
Baseball Cap

  Bandanas. To shade the neck. Many other uses such as a washcloth.

Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around).
  Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers and leashes. No more than 10% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses - it is a good idea to have these with "photo-gray" or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber).
Glacier Glasses


  Lightweight Synthetic Liner Gloves
  1 Pair. To wear alone on very sunny days for hand protection or as a layering piece with your Shell mitts.
Liner Gloves

Shell Mitts w/ insulated removeable liner.
  Mitts are much warmer than gloves, as the fingers are together in the same compartment. Many people underestimate how cold the summit night can be.

  Hand warmers
  2 pair. Primarily for summit night. These are another tool to help keep fingers warm in cold conditions.
Hand and Toe Warmers

Personal Equipment

    Trekking Backpack
  A day pack big enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing. 3,000 max
Expedition Backpack

Sleeping Bag
  (Expedition quality rated to at least 10°F). Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. Your bag needs to be long enough that your feet are not pressing out the foot box which will make you colder. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.
-40 Degree Sleeping Bag

Self-Inflating pad
  One 3/4 or full length pad. Make sure to include a valve stem and patch repair kit.
Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

  SPF 40 or better, 2 small tubes. Note: Sunscreen older than 6 months loses half of its SPF rating, make sure that you have new sunscreen.

  Lipscreen. SPF 30, at least 2 sticks. Make sure your lipscreen is new.

  Pee Bottle (1 Liter).
  Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle. Collapsible 1 liter canteen takes up less volume than a bottle when empty.
Pee Bottle

  Pee Funnel (for women). It is a good idea to practice, practice, practice.
Pee Funnel

  Water Bottles
  (2 - 3 total) Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Liter capacity per bottle. Hydration systems like Camelbaks are fine to use during the climb, but you MUST have at least 2 one-liter bottles for summit day because of freezing.
Water Bottles

  Water Bottle holder
  Optional but recommended for summit day. Fully insulated with zip opening. Neoprene "cozy" style does not provided enough insulation and is not recommended.
Water Bottle Holder

    Sports Drink Mix  
      Powdered electrolyte drink mix. 1-2 Servings per day for 7 days.
Sports Drink Mix

    Water Purification  
      Please bring a steri-pen and 1-2 bottles of purification tablets as we like to double treat all our water. The Steri pen will be the primary source for purification with the pills as backup (if the pen does not work).
Water Purification Tablets

  Insect repellent
  Small bottle.
Insect Repellent

  Toiletry Bag.
  Include toilet paper, soap, wet wipes, toothbrush, towel, hand sanitizer, foot powder, dust mask, ear plugs etc.

  Camera gear: Optional. We recommend a small instant or point and shoot cameras. Please do not bring large SLR cameras with extra lenses. For the best pictures bring slow speed film, 50, 100, or 200. Simple and light. Disposable and digital cameras also work well.


115 Liter Boundary Bag  
      This waterproof bag is needed to keep your clothing dry during transport.
Boundary Bag

    Travel Clothes.  
  You will need clothing for three days of safari. Loose fitting cotton trousers or shorts and short sleeve shirts work well during the day. Bring a light jacket for town & safari. Evening time can be cooler. Safari lodges are quite nice, so long pants and a nice shirt are recommended for dining. Bathing suit for hotel pools.
Travel Clothes

    Trail snack food items.  
      Special energy supplements. 5-6 Servings GU/Shotblocks etc for summit Day. These are easily metabolized simple sugars/carbs -Not power protein bars. 3-5 (Total) Additional bars/snack favorites to supplement remaining climb days. Snack Food

  Trash Compactor bags (4)
  To line stuff sacks, daypack, and general organization of gear inside the porter/boundry bag. Trash Compactor bags are made from a heavier plastic.
Trash Compactor Bags

    Small pair of binoculars. Optional but highly recommended. For safari.

    Duffle Bag
  A small duffle can be nice for storing things at the hotel during the expedition and extra clothing while traveling.
Small Duffel Bag

First Aid

    Small Personal First-Aid Kit  
      (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc. The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small First Aid Kit

      Climbers should bring Pepto Bismol, and Immodium. Ciprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (Z-pak) 250mg tablets for non-gastrointestinal infections. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for sprains, aches, etc. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
Drug Kit

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Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions
I promise to return all equipment rented from Alpine Ascents International, Inc. in good condition at the end of my climb/course. I agree and authorize Alpine Ascents International, Inc. to charge my credit card on file for repairs and/or replacements of damaged, lost or stolen gear. And I agree not to hold Alpine Ascents International, Inc. responsible for any injuries incurred through the use of its rental equipment.

Rental Information
Reserve: Please submit one reservation per person per departure. Recommend submitting reservation at least one month in advance to ensure adequate time for processing. Incomplete reservations may cause delay or failure to reserve requested items. Cancellations must be made 3 weeks in advance of departure.

Confirmation: Allow 48-72 hours for rental confirmation via email. Please note confirmations might differ from original reservation, please check your confirmation as that list contains items scheduled to ship. If you have any questions or have not heard back from us within three (3) working days, please email or call (206) 378-1927 and ask for the Gear Department.

Payment: Credit card on file will be used to process rental payment. Charges are processed at time of shipping (two weeks prior to departure date) and will include a $50 Security deposit per item and shipping. Shipping cost is based on size and weight and can only be determined at shipping.

Security Deposit: Fees are fully refundable upon timely return (one week from end of trip date). Fees may be assessed for repair or replacement of damaged item. Please allow up to two weeks for your refunded to be credited. Please note that items not returned within one week after trip end date Alpine Ascents reserves the right to withhold all or part of your Security Deposit.

Shipment: Rental items are scheduled to ship two weeks prior to departure. Once received verify all items are correct and fit appropriately. Please note sizing information provided is used to determine the sizes of items shipped.

You are responsible for rentals once items are shipped and until items are received back at Alpine Ascents. We encourage you to insure your shipment.

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