Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 2006.  Climb with us on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006.

We returned to Colorado: 2006-7-16 00:00:00 GMT-07:00 ago.

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We will be posting a final list of what we actually took on the trip, once we get the pictures and videos live.

Montrail Torre GTX Hiking Boots (Jonathan)
Cargo Pants with zip-off legs (so that we can have pants and shorts).  2 pairs each.
Water Bottles


Here's the list of recommended items from our trip organizer.

Suggested Clothing and Equipment:

  • Sleeping bag rated at least zero to minus 10 degrees, along with a small camping pillow (not completely necessary) and Thermarest pad. Down filled sleeping bags are the best.  I would recommend the following brands (Mountain Hardware, North Face, Marmot, Moonstone, REI)

  • Daypack/backpack. The majority of your possessions will be transported by the porters but you will want to have a few basic items (such as water, camera, raincoat, snacks, warm clothing) readily available throughout the hike and will need a backpack to carry those items yourself.  Expect to carry no more than 30 lbs.

  • Thermal water flask as water will freeze at the higher altitudes

  • Light shoes (sneakers) or hiking sandals for overnight camps, not for trekking on the mountain

  • Liner socks to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters

  • Windproof and waterproof rain gear, preferably a Gore Tex jacket and pants

  • Down Jacket

  • 1 pair of shorts

  • Long hiking pants

  • Light weight polar fleece jacket (REI, Northface, Mountain Hardware, PolarTec, etc.)

  • Wide-brimmed hat or visor

  • Boots (Gore Tex)

  • Mittens or warm gloves with glove liners

  • Balaclava and/or warm hat (wool and fleece blend)

  • Gaiters (OR-Outdoor Research brand)

  • One pair thermal or woolen socks (Smartwool brand)

  • Thermal underwear (polypropylene, polyester, or silk)

  • Water resistant trekking boots (Gore Tex) Vasque, Saloman, Asolo, Merrill

  • Walking stick or trekking poles (Leki brand)

  • 2 Water bottles at least a liter, water purification tablets and powdered sports drinks

  • Pocket knife or Leatherman type tool

  • Notebook or journal and pencil

  • Headlamp (Petzel) and small flashlight

  • Walkman or MP3 player

  • Paperback book (plan to share with others!)

  • Spare batteries (lithium batteries are the best for cold temps.)

  • Toilet paper (one roll, biodegradable)

  • Soap (biodegradable, small hand towel, wash wipes, Purrell type hand antiseptic)

  • Lip balm, sun screen

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
Pictures/stories    Summary Video  
Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
Pictures/stories    Summary Video(s)
Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                               Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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