Recommended Mountain Equipment

Diamond Glacier Adventures is all about your comfort and safety while hiking on the mountain.

For your comfort when hiking please read the entire list in advance.

Contact us or a reputable mountaineering equipment dealer for the suitability of your own equipment.

Head and Face

  • Pile or wool: covering your head and ears is very important. Bring two hats with you — a balaclava type is excellent.
  • Shade hat: Protect yourself against tropical sun with good brim hats.
  • Sunglasses: We mean it’s very hot, even though it’s not all the time. Bring either sunglasses with an IREX rating of 100 or glacier glasses.
  • Lip balm: It will be good if it has an SPF of 15 or more.
  • Bandanas: Easy to dry and can be used as sun protection, as well as for cleaning glasses and a wash cloth.
  • Sunscreen: It is good if you bring enough to avoid burning from the sun. Good if it has protection factor of 15 or more.

Your Upper Body

  • T -Shirts: We recommend that you carry at least two that can dry quickly and you won’t mind if they get dirty. Synthetic is best — no cotton on the summit day.
  • Rain parka: Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on the mountain. Bring a good parka (one made out of Gore-Tex fabric) or water proof nylon that has been “seam-sealed.”
  • Poncho (optional): Quick and handy protection for body and rucksack. Poor protection in wind.
  • Wind shirt (optional if you have Gore-Tex raingear): A nylon wind shell (not water proof), room enough to fit comfortably over all upper body layers. (Gore-Tex is good for both the wind shirt and for the raincoat).
  • Upper body layers: We recommend if come with three warm layers for the upper body. They must be made of wool, synthetic or pile. All layers should fit comfortable to each other and supply good insulation. Combine them together with long under wear  top, sweater, and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. We don’t recommend Cotton as they don’t provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
  • Gloves or mittens: Wool or pile — one pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves work well.
  • Mitten shells: One pair to cover your mittens. These are to use against the winds.

For the Legs

  • Quick dry shorts: one pair, good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
  • Long underwear bottoms: one pair of wool or synthetic.
  • Wool, bunting or pile pants: one pair that fits loosely and is comfortable.
  • Under garments: enough for the duration of the trek.
  • Tights: Lycra is the best. These are comfortable to hike in, help prevent nettle stings, provide warmth on cool mist days, as well as dry fast and prevent sunburn.
  • Rain pants: Bring a good pair of rain pants of Gore-Tex or water proof nylon that has been “seam-sealed.”

For the Feet

  • Two pair of synthetic socks to wear under heavy socks; these help to prevent blisters and keep feet dry.
  • Thick socks: remember synthetic or wool.
  • Hiking boots: one pair will be good enough with medium weight. Large enough to be comfortable with one pair of liner socks and one heavy wool or synthetic socks.
  • Tennis shoes: to wear at camp after a day hiking.
  • Gaiters: one pair is enough; this is to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.

For Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag and Stuff Sac: warm bag is good as temperatures drop to zero degrees Fahrenheit at night.
  • Sleeping pad: a closed cell foam mattress is okay. An inflatable ThermalRest is more comfortable.

For Drinking

  • Water bottle: two, one liter wide-mouthed plastic bottles.
  • Water backpack: It’s good enough as it won’t bother you. Good enough to carry inside your larger backpack with straw out.

We will have gauze, tape, aspirin, medicated soap, antibiotic ointment, antacid tablets, some antibiotics, pain killers, eye treatments, anaphylaxis kit, Imodium, Compazine and Diamox. Because of liability problems, prescription drugs will only be dispensed in emergencies. We suggest you bring the following medical items. Please discus this with your physician.

Recommendations for Your Personal First Aid Kit

Intestinal Disorders:

  • For severe nausea and vomiting: 25mg rectal suppositories of Compazine
  • To decrease diarrhea and cramping: Imodium
  • For initial treatment of severe diarrhea: Tetracycline, Cipro or Bactrim antibiotic. Activated charcoal has proven to be an effective first stage treatment.

Cuts and Scraps: It’s wise to bring a supply of Band-Aids to treat those abrasions that sometimes occur.

Infections: Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions. Erythromycin or Amoxicillin tablets for skin or soft tissue infections.

Blisters: It’s wise to bring your own small supply of blister treatment items to ensure that you avoid letting any blister get out of hand.

Headaches: Tylenol and Tylenol with codeine to help relieve  possible altitude headaches. Nothing stronger than codeine should be taken for fear of masking potential severe altitude problems while on the mountain.

Insomnia: 15mg of Halcion tablets. In high altitude mountaineering restlessness is not uncommon and sleep is very important. Halcion is a light sleeping pill; we do not recommend using any sleeping pills above 15,000 feet.

High altitude sickness: 250mg of Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets to be taken twice a day from 13,000 feet to the top. This drug is widely used in high altitude mountaineering and is very highly recommended by our staff.

Water purifying tablets.

These drugs are recommended by Peter H. Hackett, M.D., in his American Alpine club publication, “Mountain Sickness Prevention and Treatment.”

Other information posted on this page was also culled from 2003 Mountain Guide Training, as well as the experience of DGA guides.