I don’t consider myself an outdoorsy type. Until recently the last time I spent a night in a tent was during a trip I took in middle school, nearly 14 years ago. So when my mother suggested last fall that she, my younger brother, and I climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania I was excited about the adventure but nervous about spending more than a week in a tent surrounded by the windy, cold conditions of the mountain..It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. Here are the companies and the gear that got me through it and the 14 things I learned:
10. Bring the right bags. Everyone climbing Kilimanjaro has to let a porter carry his or her duffle bag. I found Osprey’s 130-liter Transporter bag (above) to be the perfect size.