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Kilimanjaro climbing gear - saving money

Some notes today on the gear we're getting/using for our climb.

First, the most important thing... SOCKS!

Carrie's allergic to wool, so we are getting these for liner socks from MooseJawOutpost. We LOVE Moosejaw!,
Wigwam Gobi Liner Socks

Wigwam Gobi Liner Socks
And, just in case you want to know, here's all the information about these socks...

1 x 1 stay-up true rib leg
Smooth looped toe seam
Crew length is proportional to size
100% Polypropylene (exclusive of Spandex)

We each got 8 pairs of these socks (at $5.00)/piece (w/o shipping), so our total for these socks is $80 (16 pairs).

Our sleeping pads are coming from Sierra Trading Post.
They seemed to have the cheapest prices on a good Thermarest sleeping pad (and we looked). So for both sleeping pads, our total (w/o shipping) is just under $65. Cheaper than our liner socks!
Here are the details on our sleeping pads...

thermarest sleeping pad
Cascade Designs Therm-A-Rest Sleeping Pad - Long

Therm-A-Rest lives up to its name with it's light and compact design. Ideal for backpacking, self-inflating polyester sleeping pad has durable and waterproof nylon bottom for a warm, comfortable barrier between you and the ground.
Size: 72x20x1-½"
Weight: 2 lbs. 4 oz.
Fabric: Polyester with nylon bottom

Outdoor and More
seems to have the best deals on Trekking Poles that we have found... these are the Masters 5.4 trekking Poles.

Since we climb at midnight, we'll also need headlamps.
They're also helpful for nighttime reading and just generally getting around at night.

For our headlamps, REI had the Petzl Tikka Headlamp on sale. We were really hoping for a crank or solar powered headlamp, but it's not to be just yet. The technology either isn't there, or we just didn't look hard enough. So these headlamps are powered by triple A batteries...

We'll go to Sam's Club to get the cheapest batteries we can.

For our long underwear, we are going through

We got the
Men's Thermal Underwear Top

Men's Thermal Underwear Bottom

Women's PolyPro Thermal Underwear Top

and the
Women's PolyPro Thermal Underwear Bottom

More gear updates will come I am VERY certain, but for now, this is the Kilimanjaro gear we're ordering.

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Official Travel Pictures
(What's online and available at the moment...)

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                              Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 16 - Third Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                                 Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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