Turns out you need quite a lot of kit to climb Kilimanjaro. I knew as soon as I signed myself up that my current Regatta Ultra-Max boots probably wouldn’t be up to the job even these are great boots that got me through trips to Iceland and Slovenia. Investment in a decent high quality walking boot seemed like a good start to my training.
After doing a bit of reading I found a recommendation for the Timberland Chocorua boot* as an ideal boot for tackling Kili so on Saturday I headed to Southampton and bought myself a pair, along with some Smart Wool socks.
* I bought a pair of men’s boots because they were £5 cheaper than the identical women’s ones.
And my initial thoughts? I love them! I have weak ankle ligaments which means I need good support. I knew as soon as I tried these on that they would keep my ankles in place. We went for a three hour walk (read: getting lost in fields) on Sunday and even though these are new boots they felt very comfortable. Even when the path turned into a stream my feet stayed dry and blister-free.
Perhaps most importantly I have confidence in my footwear and that it will get me up the mountain. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of walking between now and February, bring it on!
Do you have any recommendations for hiking kit? I’d love to hear from you if you do.