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Would you like to hike the Rwenzori Mountains? It is important to carry the right gear for your hike. Since hiking and climbing trips require a great deal of preparation from physical conditioning to gathering the equipment and supply needed, it is essential to carry the right gear for yourself so that you can stand the challenge. Here are the lists of the important must have climbing equipment and hiking supply that you need to climb the Rwenzori mountains of Western Uganda;

Climbing Equipment


To capture the towering peaks of Magherita and Baker, you need ropes. These ropes that are used in climbing are different from ropes used on other purposes. There are two classes of climbing ropes: static ropes and dynamic ropes. Static ropes are non-elastic ropes which are usually used for rappelling since they reduce the bounce, which makes it easier for an individual to descent. Static ropes are also used in anchoring systems.

Dynamic ropes on the other hand are used as belay ropes since they are elastic. The purpose of elasticity is to reduce the force and tension created to the ropes and the person should he or she falls. These ropes are always supplied by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Service.

Draws or Quick Draws

Quick draws consist of non-locking carabiners linked by a short, pre-sewn, ring of webbing. They are used to attach ropes bolt anchors for protection which permit the rope to run through them with nominal friction.

Crab or carabiner

The crab, a climbing equipment usually made of aluminum, is a metal loop with spring-loaded gate, used as connectors. There are 2 type of crab: locking, and non-locking.

Climbing harness

A harness is worn either around the pelvis or chest, which is connected to a rope. There are other ways to wear the harness other than the 2 mentioned and there are types of harness for a particular outdoor activity such as canyoning and caving. However, the principle remains the same: to keep the climber from falling to the ground.

Pocket knife

Pocket knife is a small folding knife, usually between 3 to 5 inches in length. The skipjoint knife that contains more than just one blade is often used as a soft duty utility tool. Swiss Army Knife and United States Army knife are two of the more popular skipjoint knife varieties in the market. It contains an array of tool such as scissors, corkscrews, bottle openers, saws, plain edges, and serrated.

Food and Water

It may be obvious to bring food and water on the trip but it is still worth mentioning. If you are planning to cook during the trip, bring your own portable stove. An ample supply of clean drinking water keeps you from drinking water coming from lakes and rivers you came across, which can be unsafe. While in the Rwenzori, water is got in the rivers and streams. This water is clean but hikers are advised to have some water purifiers to avoid getting worried.

Clothes and Raingear

Bring appropriate clothes on your hiking trip. No short and Capri pants. Just heel closed shoes, long-sleeved shirt, and a cap. Do not forget to bring raingear too.