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Everest Base Camp - The Kit List

In October 2016 JR Mountaineering is taking an intrepid team of 15 people to Everest Base Camp for the trip of a lifetime, and are looking for people who would like take part. They are waiving guiding fees for the expedition, which means the trip will pay for new toilets at Pangboche School. Their existing toilets were devastated in the earthquake which now has an impact to sanitation and attendance. All expedition participants will be invited to the school to see what they have helped create and also have their names immortalised on a flag to be put up in the hall.

This is an opportunity to challenge yourself, be immersed in a stunning culture/environment and give something to the wonderful people of Nepal. Help the next generation of Nepalese kids with their education and create the right environment for them to learn.

Let's take a look at some of the kit for the Trek

Robens Merlin Tent

The two-person Merlin is a two-porch/door single hoop tent that pitches outer first or together. It has an apex cross pole to extend the headroom into the porch areas. The use of a hub each side to connect two lower poles with the main hoop increases inner tent space and helps create vent protection. The tent features the Storm Guard system and single rope pegging points provide easy adjustment.

This tent is an awesome backpacking tent, it is lightweight at just under 3kg, so ideal for the rucksack or perfect for camping in windy conditions

Read the full review and see some photos here

Robens Caucasus 900 Sleeping Bag

Thanks to the high quality down filling, the Caucasus 900 sleeping bag is extremely compressible, making for a small pack size, and comes with its own waterproof roll-top compression sack to make sure the Down stays dry no matter what the on-trail conditions. With its highly technical construction and down fill, the Caucasus sleeping bag offers an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio.

When I pulled this bag out of the bag for the first time I thought to myself that this is in no way going to keep me warm overnight, so when I went to bed on went the pyjamas and woolly socks, however within 5 minutes the socks were off and the pyjamas soon followed. It got so warm that overnight I ended up unzipping it and resting it on me.

Packing away was easy enough and it went back in to the back easily and quickly and with the roll top bag it makes it ideal for the trek as it will stay dry should the rain come down.

Read more on the Robens website

Robens Travel Sheet Microfibre

The mummy-shaped Travel Sheet Microfibre extends the useful life of your sleeping bag by protecting the inner and insulation from dirt and sweat. Used inside your sleeping bag the Travel Sheet Microfibre adds extra warmth in cooler climates. In warm climates the liner can be used on its own for sleeping. The microfibre fabric is lightweight, easy to wash, quick to dry and comfortable next to skin.

Read more on the Robens website

Robens Air Impact 3.8cm

The tapered shape of the Air Impact self-inflating mat provides plenty of space at the upper body where it is needed, but saves on weight by reducing width at the legs where its less crucial. Even more weight is saved by the lightweight 20D double thread ripstop polyester outer, making the Air Impact range particularly appealing to self-propelled adventurers like trekkers, cycle tourers and kayakers. A brass valve makes for durable and effective inflation and deflation, even in cold conditions.

This self-inflating mat is just simply fantastic, it packs away very small so is no hassle to fit in the kit bag for the trek and I was surprised at the size of it when I rolled it out. A few puffs of air and the mat was full and felt very comfy and full of air. I am always wary of self-inflating mats and whether they can do the job, but this one certainly does. It was really comfy overnight and absorbed the rough ground the tent was pitched on. Packing away was easy, the air came out with no problems and sealed the valve and used the supplied straps to hold it all together. It easily fitted back in to the bag and is definitely going to worth its weight on the trek.

Read more on the Robens website

Robens Grasmere T7

These poles are made from high quality 7075 Aluminium and come with a long handle for quick positive handgrip in all terrain and have detachable soft wrist supports. They have a high quality tungsten tip for all-terrain stability, with a strong and easy to use patented fast-clip adjustment system. The poles have anti-shock properties and have an ergonomic EVA handle for comfortable and safe grip. The basket is a screw-on type. They extend to a total length of 135cm, and pack down to 69cm and weigh just 595g per set.

Read more on the Robens website

EasyCamp Airgo 40

AirGo is ideal for tackling a wide range of outdoor activities with the Air Mesh back system, hip belt and chest strap delivering carrying comfort and stability. The Airgo has an air mesh back system to keep you cooler and has twin compartments to keep things seperated. There are zipped pockets on the side and the lid has pockets on both the inside and outside. For stability when hiking the Airgo has adjustable hip and chest belts. There are easy to access pockets on hip belt. At the base of the Airgo is a pocket holding the rain cover. The Airgo is fully ready for a hydration bag and also comes with two pole carrier points to free up your hands.

Read more on the EasyCamp website

EasyCamp Hydration Bladder 3ltr

An essential part of any trek is to keep yourself hydrated, drinking little and often, therefore having to keep reaching in to your rucksack for water is very time consuming because you have to take your bag off your back, find the water, etc. With this hydration system, you fill the 3ltrs before you head off, place inside your hydration ready rucksack and bring the water pipe through the specially designed holes and place near your mouth. This enables you to keep walking and drink hands free.

The EasyCamp hydration water bladder is made from TPU, weighs just 185g and has a large easy twist opening and closing cap to fill this up.

Read more on the EasyCamp website

EasyCamp Waterproof Electronic Case

Essential for any trek is a waterproof case for those modern day electronic devices that we all seem to not be able to live without, especially when they are being used as a camera, as a GPS walking tracker and even for your OS maps.

The EasyCamp waterproof electronic cases come in two sizes, one for a mobile phone and one for an iPad or similar device. The case not only protects your tablet, smartphone and other electronic equipment from water and dust but it is still usable and the touch screen can be operated when inside the case. The case is waterproof down to 1 metre and the tablet version weighs just 160g.

Read more on the EasyCamp website

EasyCamp Gadget Organiser

When you are safely in your tent or bunkhouse for the night, there is no need for the waterprood case, and here is a great solution for keeping your tablet and phone safe and protected, the EasyCamp Gadget Organiser. The organiser keep all your bits and pieces safe and secure with the rubberised woven-elastic object-retention system for gadget organisation with endless configurations and is designed to hold items firmly in place. The case itself is has a neoprene sleeve with hook and loop closure to keep everything inside and a slip pocket for tablet. Best of all is weighs just 372g.

Read more on the EasyCamp website

Want to Get Involved? Find Out More:

We are hoping spread the word of this expedition and also of the wonderful people in Nepal. Putting 15 people on this trip will ensure they pay for a toilet rebuild, and it becomes their project so, please think about coming along with JR Mountaineering. What they do, is very personal, and no other company can do what they offer.

If you would like to be part of something AMAZING please visit the JR Mountaineering website , drop them an email and they'll send more details.


This article has the following linked sections

Everest Base Camp Expedition October 2016
In October 2016 JRMountaineering is taking an intrepid team of 15 people to Everest Base Camp for the trip of a lifetime. You could be one of them!

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