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Mgoun Kit List

Summer, Spring and Autumn

Conditions: You'll encounter desert conditions on the first few days of the trek, and it can be very hot during the day; take light trousers and a long sleeve t-shirt, plenty of sun cream and sun hat. Make sure you carry waterproofs and a warm layer in your day sack, despite the arid conditions rain is common.

The ascent of Mgoun is a cold affair and you'll need warm clothing and good boots to deal with snow, scree and Mgoun's notorious high winds.

There are several river crossings on this trip - so you'll need a decent pair of sandals and spare socks in your day pack. 

Luggage

  • Take a sturdy kit bag in which to store your spare clothing, sleeping bag and equipment. Make sure everything is wrapped in waterproof liners. This will be carried by mule from camp to camp.
  • Take a 15 - 25L day pack in which to carry provisions for the day. Water and food, sunglasses, camera, jacket, sandals and spare socks etc. Make sure your rucksack has a waterproof liner

Feet

  • Boots: a good pair of approach shoes (or light weight boots) will be fine for most of the trekking.
  • If you plan to climb in the winter or spring, a solid pair of crampon compatible mountain boots will be needed. 
  • Socks: take several pairs of standard walking socks and a spare pair of  warm mountaineering socks to be kept in reserve for summit-day.
  • Blister plasters (Compede is best).
  • Foot powder.
  • Gaiters. Optional, but not really necessary in summer.
  • Sandals. Carry these in your day pack, pretty much essential for river crossings.

Legs

  • A pair of good quality walking trousers, such as the Haglofs Rugged Mountain Pant will do the trick.
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Underwear, avoid cotton underwear as this get wet with sweat and chaff. Take two or three pairs made from wicking material

Body

  • Base layer shirts x 2 (one of which should have long sleeves)
  • Mid-layer fleece
  • Heavy outer fleece jacket. Alternatively, it might be worth having a look at one of the one of the new Primaloft insulated jackets (such as a Rab Generator Jacket) as an alternative to a heavy weight fleece. They tend to be warmer and less bulky than the equivalent fleece jacket. They’re windproof and water resistant too
  • In summer, you will probably be warm enough wearing a base-layer and a mid-weight fleece. However, it is unwise to trek in the mountains without being prepared for cold weather, take a thick fleece too
  • Gore-Tex Jacket

Hands

  • A  pair of thermal gloves for summit day

Head

  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Other

  • Head torch and spare batteries – useful for early starts and late finishes (and night time trips to the toilet)
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Platypus type drinking system
  • 2 season sleeping bag (good for O deg C).
  • Camping mattress.
  • Wash-bag and toiletries:  antibacterial hand wash (essential), toilet paper, a packet of travel fresh wipes/ baby wipes, soap, toothbrush/ tooth paste, sanitary towels. Don’t forget to take ear plugs in case your tent partner snores!
  • Trek towel
  • First aid kit: antiseptic cream, blister plasters, headache tablets, Immodum, rehydration sachets, selection of plasters, throat pastilles (see the Health link for further suggestions).
  • Trekking poles (very useful for the steep scree on summit day).
  • Book
  • Camera, batteries (make sure you take a spare fully charged battery)
  • Spare laces
  • Water purification tablets - bottled water is not available on the trail.
  • Copy of your travel insurance document - compulsory
  • Passport
  • Toilet paper and trowel.

Food

  • We provide good quality meals during the trek, but it’s always a good idea to bring some food of your own. One of the side effects of climbing to high altitude is a loss of appetite, bringing something extra to eat is a good way of making sure you replace the calories you burn. Some suggestions:
  • Breakfast: Muesli Bars. Porridge sachets with powdered milk/ syrup
  • Lunch/ Snacks: Biltong, (John West) Tuna Fillets, nuts, salami, sweets.
  • Evening Meal: Wayfarer meals are best (but expensive) because they can be boiled in the bag and make no mess. Anything you can add boiling water to, such as Mug Shots or Pot Noodles, also do the job.
  • Tinned Sardines, relish, spices can also be added to the main meal.
  • Avoid pork - Morocco is a Muslim country and this could cause offence.

Winter

  • You will need to upgrade some of your summer clothing to cope with harsher winter conditions, you’ll need the sort of equipment that you would use for UK winter conditions hill walking.
  • Sleeping bag. Take a bag that can cope with –10C.
  • Warm layers. Take a couple of extra warmth layers/ mid-weight fleece to wear underneath your main fleece if thing get really cold.
  • Gloves: A pair of good quality mountain gloves will be needed, something like the Mountain Equipment guide glove. It’s always wise to carry a pair of Dachstien mitts to keep in reserve.
  • Drinking bottle (Platipus tubes can freeze)
  • Boots . Make sure your boots have at least a three-quarter length shank crampons compatibility. Scapa Manta, Scapa Chamoz; Sportiva Nepal or similar.
  • Crampons: A pair of 10 or 12 point general mountaineering crampons.
  • Ice Axe. One general mountaineering axe required.
  • Glacier / Sun Glasses. Vital. Must have strong UV protection with reasonable side protection as well.
  • Ski Goggles: very useful if the wind picks-up and you have to deal with spin-drift snow conditions.
  • Snow shoes are essential during the winter months.
  • Large rucksack. If there's deep snow about, you'll have to carry all of your equipment.

Notes

  • We use Gites and refuges during the winter months.
  • If you're trekking in spring/ summer/ autumn, we tend to camp, so bring a camping mattress.
  • Give me a call to check on snow conditions, you may well need crampons and an axe for spring trips to Mgoun.
  • There's a good chance that you'll have to carry all of your own stuff during winter, so pack sparingly!