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Toubkal Kit List

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Only poor quality equipment is available locally.

Outdoor hire provide a comprhensive kit hire service for summer and winter ascents of Toubkal.


Conditions: lower down the mountain it can be very hot during the day, you will be ok trekking in light trousers and a t-shirt provided that you have plenty of sun cream and sun hat. Make sure you carry waterproofs and a warm layer in your day sack. It is a good idea to take a Platypus type drinking system so you can drink on the move and avoid dehydration. Make sure that your clothing is made from quick drying, wicking material. Avoid cotton as it does not dry easily.

Higher up the mountain (and inside the hut) it can get cool particularly at night and early in the morning, warm clothing will be required. Rain and snow showers are possible during September and October.

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 a mule from Imlil to the mountain hut
  • Take a 15 - 25L day pack in which to carry provisions for the day. Water and food, sunglasses, camera, jacket/ etc Make sure your rucksack has a waterproof liner

Feet

  • Boots: a good pair of light weight summer walking boots (or heavy duty approach shoes) will be fine
  • Socks: take several pairs of standard walking socks and a spare pair of  warm mountaineering 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
  • Blister plasters (Compede is best)
  • Foot powder
  • Gaiters. Optional, but not really necessary in summer

Legs

  • A pair of good quality walking trousers, such as the Haglofs Rugged Mountain Pant will do the trick
  • Shorts are not really acceptable for local religious and cultural reasons, trousers with zipperd-vents will help keep you cool
  • 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 woollen gloves for cooler days
  • 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), the huts can get cold, even in summer
  • 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 hut 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 (optional)
  • Book
  • Camera, batteries (make sure you take a spare fully charged battery)
  • Spare laces
  • Whistle
  • Copy of your travel insurance document - compulsory
  • Passport

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.
  • 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/ Autumn

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. The Refuge du Toubkal has adequate heating, but it can get cold at night.
  • 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)
  • Down Jacket: not essential, but useful for hanging around in the hut/ on the summit.
  • 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.
  • You can hire Crampons and Ice Axes cheaply in Imlil.
  • If you have snow shoes, bring them along.