Gearing Up: The Tanzania Chronicles #2

One thing I definitely didn’t anticipate when planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro is that the gear would cost nearly as much as the trip itself!

Usually Sarah and I try to be a bit frugal with our decisions, checking whether we really need to get top-of-the-line items in all circumstances. (Hint: When it comes to clothing and tech, the answer is almost always yes.) But with this trip, I sense that the difference between getting passable and great gear is a little closer to the difference between life or death, so I told Sarah that I was willing to pay whatever I had to to make sure that I’d be back in one piece.

I just didn’t realize how much that cost would be.

Take a look at this checklist. It’s the guide we’re using to make sure we have everything we need for the climb. At first, it might not look like a lot, until you go in to a store — in our case, Mountain Equipment Co-op — and start asking questions.

When moisture-wicking socks cost $23 a pair, I’ll leave it to your imaginations just how much it’d cost to buy anything made up of more fabric than a pair of socks (i.e. most everything else on the list!)

$23.50 for two socks. Something about this just seems so WRONG.

Some people have asked — why didn’t we just rent? But we thought about that too, and because of how moisture-wicking fabrice is made, the coating that keeps you from getting soaked in sweat (something you don’t want to happen when you’re exposed to the elements in tents at sub-zero weather) does erode over time, so the only way to be certain of getting good-quality gear is to buy it new.

Alas.

The small comfort I can get from all of this is that it’s a purchase I don’t see us making again anytime soon (if ever). Jackets for every seasons and reason, clothes that’re lightweight yet warm — it’s moments like these where it’s good to live in Canada, where I’m sure I’ll find a use for all of these.

–case p.

4 Replies to “Gearing Up: The Tanzania Chronicles #2”

  1. Gearing up is one of the coolest things about the trip! Makes me feel like James Bond getting decked out by Q. Who knew that clothes could be so technically and scientifically-advanced?!

    1. Trev, this trip better include racing down mountainsides at top speed to avoid avalanches and European villainesses trying to asphyxiate me mid-copulation or I want my money back!

      Sincerely,

      –Casey 🙂

    1. Thanks, Gwen 🙂 Getting the last of the gear this weekend and really just counting down the days until we’re on that airplane and heading out!

      It’s gonna be some GOOD TIMES!!!

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