Four days ago, seven climbers and I started our trek toward the Kili summit. We’ve been following the Machame route (also known as the “Whisky Route”) up the mountain’s southern side. It’s a challenging, beautiful trail that begins in monkey-filled tropical rainforest, moves through moorland and alpine desert, and dead-ends at the summit’s glaciers…But climbing Kili is something I’ve wanted to do for more than a decade, and I’m betting I’ve got the gear, guides, and training to make it work.
Osprey Sirrus 24: There is no such thing as a perfect daypack, but this one with a frame that feels like it’s giving you a hug comes pretty close. It holds more than you’d think, though I’ll admit, another outside pocket or two would make it perfect.