Hi we have our Mt kilimanjaro hike in July.. We have most of the gear/clothes but wanted to go over what we bought to see if we are missing anything, if we need more layers, or maybe need to exchange some items etc. Are there any employees at the paradise valley az store that could go over the gear with us, that have maybe done this hike?
Thanks so much for any info!
@Julie-Rawlings We're really stoked for you and your trip to Kilimanjaro! Which route are you taking? We'd be happy to help you get ready for your trip and go over your pack and gear list with you. If you can't make it into the store, you can also set up an appointment for a Virtual Outfitting appointment at www.rei.com/outfitting where one of our experienced outfitters can go through your gear list with you.
Hi @Julie-Rawlings - Thanks for reaching out. It's exciting to hear you have this trip planned!
We connected with our Paradise Valley team this morning about your question. Although it sounds like no one on that store's team has personally done the hike, there are multiple employees there who have outfitted people for Kilimanjaro.
@REI-KevinL's suggestion of scheduling a virtual outfitting appointment is a good one as well. If you do prefer taking your gear into the store to talk with someone in person, you can bring along this Kilimanjaro Checklist to make sure you cover all of the necessary items.
Hopefully this helps!
Thanks for the response! We'd love to go into the store to speak to someone who has outfitted for kili before. That way we could easily exchange any items if necessary and buy anything else we might need. Do you have the names of those employees? I can give the store a call and see when the best time to go in might be, when one of them might be working.
Thanks for your help and for the checklist!
Hi @Julie-Rawlings - We got an update with even better news!
It looks like one of the employees at the Paradise Valley store has hiked Kilimanjaro and is happy to go over your gear with you. We are going to send you a direct message with those details.