Holy guacamole, I’m crazy! What am I thinking? My New Years resolution was to say yes! Say yes to all the things I want to do. So, if that means training to summit one of the seven summits in 30 days then I’m in!
For those of you who don’t know, Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. At the top you are above the clouds at 19,341 feet. So, yeah you can say the air is pretty much non existent at that point. But, 6 crazy girls are going to take on this challenge. We will be spending 6 days trekking our way up the Machame route.
For training I was lucky enough to find Evolution Fitness in Portland, Oregon — they have a high altitude room! I bought 20 of the one hour sessions with them to help with my training!
Every weekend I spent hiking around Mt. Hood, the Gorge, or the Oregon Coast to prepare for this trek. During the week I was in the gym attempting to get my buns into shape. During my one hour sessions at Evolution Fitness the altitude ranged from 10,000 feet to 17,000 feet. On any given day my training looked like:
20 minutes on treadmill at 3.5 MPH on a 20%-30% grade
20 minutes stairclimber at level 10
10 minutes of spin bike
Also I am going to pat myself on the back because I cut out alcohol for the entire month before this, knowing that soon enough I’ll be sipping on a Montucky once again!
Now the packing begins. Why didn’t I start this earlier? I was frantically running around my apartment the night before hoping I didn’t forget anything. Here is my packing list with everything I brought!
(The most important part, SNACKS)
The end result is below for you to use! Thanks Crystal for letting me borrow this duffel from her 14-day trek to Everest Base Camp with Himalayan Wonders. I tried to pack in a 60 L Patagonia Black Hole bag and my sleeping bag barely fit!
My Kilimanjaro Packing List
Karma grip stabilizer
Extra memory card
Charger for go pro
Extra GoPro battery
Goal zero solar charger
Apple Watch charger
Canon rebel camera/charger
1 cute outfit
Base leggings- Omni heat
Mid leggings- mountain hardware
1 pair of the KUHL convertible pants
1 pair of REI hiking pants
3 lululemon leggings
1 Patagonia goretex pants
Base shirt- Omni heat
Mid layer- rei
North face thermoball puffy
Waterproof gloves- mountain hardware
North face- liner gloves
Wide brimmed hat
Warm fleece lined beanie
1 Patagonia fleece
2 long dri fit shirt
3 sports bra
Fleece comfy sweats
Sleeping bag liner
Hiking boots (duh)
Adidas tennis shoes
Down slippers for the tent
5 pairs hiking socks
2 pairs regular socks
Birthday cake one bars
Snickers bar because hangry
Nuun tablets for water
Sunscreen and brush on block
Chapstick SPF 30
Sawyer Insect repellent with picaridin (doesn’t ruin your gear)
Panty liners- in case you’re too cold to change and also blood flows at high elevation
Shampoo/shower supplies to leave at the hotel
Personal First Aid Kit
Uno or phase 10/cards
Luci solar lantern
Headphones and a kick ass playlist
Hydro flask (so water doesn’t freeze at summit)
A big thank you to our favorite companies for supporting us on this journey!
High Tail Designs made us custom fanny packs for our trip!