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I am hiking Kilimanjaro in October, and having never completed anything anywhere near that magnitude before - Ben Nevis is currently the most difficult hike I've attempted - I am need of a lot of gear.
Over the last few weeks I've spent hours, and days, searching the net for advice on equipment. I've found many great website, and lots of searches on Google directed me to this forum, where I've gained a much better understanding (I hope!) of the importance of layering. In particular Bill S has made some great points and I enjoyed reading his journal of the hike.
Please can you advise if the gear below is up to the task, and I'd appreciate where I have more than one option if you could advise which may be the most suitable.
Mountain Hardwear stretch cohesion - £75
OR Marmot Oracle - £85 from USA, excl. customs taxes
Patagonia R1 - £55
OR Merino wool layer
North Face Inlux Insulated - £85
OR Arc'teryx Atom SV Hoody - £120
I'll be wearing thermal base layers under the above.
I've decided against a down jacket as I generally run warm, and reading quite a few journals a lot of people have though they weren't really necessary. Those that did think so only used them for 20 mins or so. Also, after Kilimanjaro such a jacket is unlikely to see much action at all.
This leads me on to the sleeping bag, with me unlikely to be using such a warm sleeping bag again. I note Bill has mentioned he was too warm in his -40 bag. I've seen the Mountain Hardwear Lamina minus 26C rated for £120, is this likely to still be too excessive?
Any advice would be very welcome.