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Mount Ararat Kit List

We provide tents, cooking, camping and eating equipment. You only need to worry about your personal stuff; clothing, boots, sleeping bag, camping mat etc.

When considering what kit to bring, bear in mind the kind of conditions you’ll be facing when climbing to high altitude in Turkey. You will experience the full spectrum of mountain weather conditions. It will be hot lower down the mountain but bitterly cold on top, with the threat of rain (or snow) thrown in for good measure. Be prepared for 'the full spectrum' of weather conditions. Here's some pointers:

  • Warm and sunny conditions on the lower slopes, sun protection and light weight clothing needed.
  • Rain and snow is a possibility, you'll need good waterproofs and make sure you've waterproofed your day pack and luggage.
  • Cold camping conditions at Camp 2. A good sleeping bag and insulated roll mat are essential as is a light weight camping tarpaulin is useful if pitching your tent in snowy conditions.
  • You'll spend a fair amount of time in camp, so books and an Ipod are a good idea.
  • A Down jacket makes hanging around at the campsites more bearable
  • Don't forget to bring hand sanitiser and wet wipes, AND USE THEM.
  • I regularly see  people with freezing hands and feet because they haven’t brought boots, socks and gloves that are up to the job…quite often it costs climbers their chance to get to the summit.
  • When deciding what gloves to take make sure you take a good quality pair of mittens as well as normal mountaineering and everyday gloves. Your fingers will get cold on summit day and many people revert to mittens.
  • Make sure you’ve got a thick pair of mountaineering socks kept in reserve to be worn on summit day only. Your normal walking socks won’t be up to the job. I wear a pair of Mund Everest Extreme double socks and a pair of thin liners underneath. The layering system works with feet too. A pair of thin liner socks worn under your thick mountain socks will keep your feet much warmer.
  • If you suffer from really cold hands and feet consider wearing a pair of Yeti Gaiters over your boots and investing in a pair of Primaloft mittens, the Mountain Equipment Fitzroy mitt is pretty much the best on the market.

Luggage

  • Take a duffel bag in which to store your spare clothing and equipment. Make sure everything is wrapped in waterproof liners. Pack animals will carry this in between camps.
  • Take a 20 - 35L day pack in which to carry water and food, a warm layer, sunglasses, camera, Gore-Tex jacket/ trousers etc Make sure your rucksack has a waterproof liner.
  • A fold-a-way bag is useful for leaving your non-mountain luggage at the the hotel.

Feet

  • Boots. A good pair of crampon compatible 4 season mountaineering boots will be required for the climb from the high camp to the summit, Scarpa Manta's are a good bet. Light weight boots or approach shoes will be fine lower down the mountain.
  • Socks. Take several pairs of standard walking socks and a spare pair of ultra warm mountaineering socks (and liner socks) to be kept in reserve for summit-day. A fresh, dry pair of socks are much warmer than a pair you’ve been wearing for a couple of days. I use a pair of Smartwool Mountaineering Socks. Mund Everest Extreme Socks do the trick.
  • Blister plasters, Compede is best.
  • Foot powder
  • Gaiters (optional).

Legs

  • A pair of warm mountain trousers. I use a pair of Softshell Haglof’s Shark pants – very expensive, but they really do the job because they’re fleece lined and windproof.
  • Lightweight trousers for lower down the mountain and waterproof over trousers
  • Underwear – avoid cotton underwear as they get wet with sweat and chaff. Take two or three pairs made from wicking material. Decathlon sell cheap and breathable undies.
  • Long johns (thermal underwear) – essential for summit day.

Body

  • Thermal base layer.
  • Normal 'wicking' base layer.
  • Mid-layer fleece x 2
  • Heavy outer fleece jacket. Alternatively, it might be worth having a look at one of the one of the new Primaloft insulated jackets 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. I have a Mountain Equipment Fitzroy jacket and a Arcteryx Easy Rider Fleece - both are up-to-the-job.
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket – Not essential but great for wearing around camp, and worth carrying in your rucksack on summit day if you need to warm-up quickly.

Hands

Mountaineers tend to carry several pairs of gloves:

  • A pair of woolen gloves for cooler days.
  • A decent pair of thermal gloves for summit day, go for insulated mittens if you suffer from cold hands.
  • It’s wise to take a pair of chemical hand warmers too.

Head

  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat –one that can be pulled down over the ears. I wear a Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap (windproof, fleece-lined with ear flaps).
  • Snood/ balaclava
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch and spare batteries.

Other

  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottle (2 Litre)
  • Platipus type drinking system (great for approach-days, but the tube will freeze on your climb to the summit, so you need to bring a water bottle too).
  • 3/4 season sleeping bag (good for minus 15C).
  • Sleeping mat. I’ve recently started using a Pacific Outdoor Ether Thermo 6 Mat. It’s much more comfortable than a basic roll matt– and gives a good nights sleep.
  • 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
  • Small camping stool
  • Water purification tablets. Essential as we'll be drinking stream water.
  • First aid kit; include - Paracetomol. antibiotics (for upset stomach), diamox, sort throat tablets, re-hydration tablets, selection of plasters and bandages.
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Pee bottle
  • Book
  • Camera, batteries (make sure you take a spare fully charged battery)
  • Spare laces
  • Copy of your travel insurance document
  • Passport (take a copy of your passport with you on the trek).
  • Waterproof camping tarpaulin.

Food

We provide good quality meals during the climb, 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.
Corned Beef, tinned Sardines, relish, spices can also be added to the main meal.

Rental Options:

  • Crampons and ice axes can be hired locally.
  • Tents are provided, but it is a good idea to bring your own tent if you have one as you will be making and breaking camp each day, bringing a tent that you are used to will make life easier. Must be suitable for use in the high mountains where there is a good possibility of poor weather.

Technical Equipment

  • A general purpose walking axe and crampons are required for the final approach to the summit