Mount Kenya technical climb kit list

This kit list is specifically for those planning to climb the technical peaks of Batian and Nelion.

BAGS
80-100 Litre Duffle Bag (optional but useful before climb & to leave gear at hotel)
65-75 Litre Rucksack (for a porter to carry your main gear)
Waterproof Rucksack Cover
~35=45 Litre Day Sack (for you to carry each day)
Small Waterproof Stuff Sacks

OUTER - SHELL

Large, lightweight umbrella (can usually buy in Kenya)
Waterproof shell jacket
Waterproof shell trousers
Waterproof Gaiters

OUTER- WARM
Warm Insulated Jacket (fleece/insulated)

MID-LAYERS
Microfleece/woollen top(s)
Softshell Jacket (optional but useful)
Insulated Gillet (optional but useful)
Trekking Trousers (synthetic) zip-off ones are good x2-3
Shorts (to cover thighs)

Mt Kenya - Nelion Technical Peak

The vertical wall of Nelion as seen from a distance.


BASE-LAYERS
Long sleeve Base Layer top(s) (synthetic)
Leggings/Running Tights (optional)
Underwear (synthetic dries quicker!)

HEAD-WEAR
Warm Hat (to cover ears)
Buff (optional but very useful)
Wide-brim Sun Hat or Cap with neck veil
Sun Glasses

HANDS
Thick Insulated Gloves or Mitts
Thin liner Gloves (optional but useful)

FOOTWEAR
Liner Socks (optional)
Good Trekking Socks
Waterproof Trekking Boots (NOT trekking shoes)
Trainers/ general shoes/ Flipflops/ sandals

GENERAL TRAVEL/CITY CLOTHING (left at the hotel)
General Sweatshirt/tops
General T-Shirts/shirts etc x2-3
General Socks x4-5
Underwear x4-5

SLEEPING
3-4 Season Sleeping Bag (comfort -5degC or lower)
Sleeping bag liner cotton/fleece/silk (optional)
Waterproof stuff sack for Sleeping Bag
Thick Foam Mat or Self-Inflating Mat

ELECTRICAL
LED Headtorch & spare batteries
Watch with light and alarm
Camera, memory card & batteries (optional)
Solar charger (optional)
Old unlocked phone handset (optional)

PAPERWORK ETC
Passport
Photocopies of passport
Flight details
Student card (if relevant)
Insurance policy details
Yellow Fever cert. (if relevant)
Waterproof wallet for papers
Cash/bank cards
Notebook/Diary Pencil + Biro (optional)
Books, Maps & Information (optional)
Cards / Games (optional)

REPAIR KIT (optional but useful)
Gaffer / Duck Tape
Super Glue
Cable ties
Needle + extra strong thread
Multitool/penknife

EATING/DRINKING
2x 1-litre drinks bottles
Favourite high energy snacks/ energy drink powder

OTHER
Toilet roll in plastic bag + spare bag
Earplugs (optional but recommended!)

TREKKING HARDWARE
Walking Poles (optional but useful)

PERSONAL WASH KIT
Antibacterial hand gel
Wet wipes (optional)
Toothbrush with cover
Toothpaste

Shampoo and or Shower gel
Deodorant
Shave Kit + Mirror (optional)
Clothes wash liquid (optional)

Mt Kenya - Batian Technical Peak (3)

Taking a break to soak in the views on the Batian Route.

PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT (suggested contents)
Paracetamol tablets
Ibuprofen (tablets/gel)
Antiseptic Wipes
Latex Gloves
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Crepe Bandage
Sterile Dressing
Antihistamines (optional)
Rehydration Sachets
Antiseptic Cream
Sunblock Cream
Lip Salve (with SPF)
Knee/Ankle Support
Personal Medications eg Anti-Malaria Tablets, Inhalers, Epipen etc

TECHNICAL CLIMBING GEAR (Recommended minimum items)

The weather can vary hugely but commonly you would climb in quite a few layers. For example a base layer, insulated Gillet, softshell jacket, hardshell jacket, thin softshell trousers, hat under your helmet, liner socks inside your climbing shoes and possibly close-fitting fingerless gloves. You may also need to throw on a warm belay jacket at stances.

CLIMBING HARDWARE
Pair of 50m half or twin ropes
Climbing Harness
Helmet (& warm hat/balaclava to fit under it)
Rock shoes (recommended not to have too tight a fit and consider wearing thin socks inside)
Belay/rappel plate to suit double rope above
3 HMS Karabiners
2 locking Karabinas
4+ short slings
2x Prussic loops
Nuts/wires size 1-9
Cams size approx 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 (more if you have them) to suit cracks approx 20-50mm wide
5 long quickdraws/extenders with snap gates
Small (~25L) climbing pack - Large enough for a spare warm belay jacket, gloves/mitts, emergency bivvy/blizzard bag, ~1 Litre of water, sweets, chocolate, camera.

Note, for a crossing of the gate of the mists between Batian and Nelion, B1 boots, crampons and an ice axe may be required subject to snow/ice conditions. Please talk to us directly for details.