Author: Andrew Butterworth

Andrew has always had a sense of adventure and doesn't believe in travel if it does not include some adventure. Andrew grew up in Australia and has since moved to the US where his love for the outdoors and back packing has grown.

When climbing Mt Kilimanjaro through a service you are not required to haul a load of gear up the mountain. The only requirement for carrying gear is that you can carry wet weather clothing, perhaps an insulating layer, water and snacks, so the need for a large pack is just not there. Porters carry the bulk of your equipment in a duffel bag. With my day pack in mind the Deuter Futura Zero 40 was an ideal choice for the occasion. When I first got the bag I was impressed by the overall appearance and the simplicity of the design.…

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I have had a Blue Kazoo 15-degree bag by The North Face for a long time and I was very excited to try a new bag. I tested the Kelty Foraker 0-degree sleeping bag on Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania where 0 degree nights are often the case after the first night. I figured this would be a good test for the bag as I had plenty of cold weather gear with me, should it prove to be a little chilly. Before getting the bag, I had read the recommended sizing charts and found myself in a little uncertainty about which…

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One of the most recommended pieces of gear for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a down jacket. I took the GoLite Roan Plateau jacket with me. There are two versions of the jacket, hooded and unhooded. I used the unhooded version. The jacket has insulated zippered pockets, an internal media pocket, and a stretch cuff that seals you in nicely without constricting your wrists. A stuff sack is included but the draw string had problems shortly after I got it, meaning the cord and eyelets started to break down. The it weighs that much even–when you pick it up it feels…

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