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Recommended Trekking Equipment List for the Drakensberg

What equipment do you need for Multi-day hikes, at high altitude (above 2500m)?

General equipment
Strong mountaineering tent
Down sleeping bag: 5C for summer and -10C for winter
Sleeping mat
Gas or liquid-fuel stove
Spare gas/fuel
Pots and cutlery
Cup
Plate
Matches and lighter
2-litre water-container
75 to 90-litre rucksack
2 trekking poles
Map
Compass (23 degrees West)
Head-lamp (batteries)

Clothing
Breathable/waterproof jacket
Breathable/waterproof trousers
Long trousers
Thermal underwear
Technical fleece (grade 200 summer or 300 winter)
Technical shirts
Down jacket (winter)
Fleece gloves
2 pairs thick socks
Strong leather hiking boots
Snow-gaiters (winter)
Ankle-gaiters (summer)
Thermal fleece hat
Sun-hat

Other
Toiletries
Sun-screen
First Aid
Rescue number in KwaZulu-Natal: 0800 005133
Book to read

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Gavin is the owner & operator of Peak High Mountaineering. He is a certified Mountaineering Instructor (M.I.A.) endorsed by the Mountain Development Trust of SA. He is a NQF National Mountaineering (level 7), Cultural and Nature Guide (level 4). Gavin is a past President of the KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of SA. He has been involved in mountain rescue since 1992 and since 2005 has been the Convener of Mountain Rescue in the province. Want Gavin and his team at Peak High to guide you on a hike? Put yourself in the hands of the certified and experienced experts in mountain hiking, guiding and climbing. See Gavin's Google + profile