Preparation for Ethiopia

This was to be my third holiday of the year, at around Christmas time, and after considering the companies organising trips to the Simien Mountains I chose to book with Explore!, with whom I'd been to the Sicilian Volcanoes earlier in the year. I already had most of the equipment I needed but decided to buy a new sleeping bag and mat for this and future trips. The Mountain Equipment Dreamcatcher 750 and Thermarest Pro-lite 4 may provide better insulation than most people need for such a trip but I hate being cold and hardly ever complain about being warmso they suited me. I was concerned about cramp in my legs, which affects me once or twice a year on the Lakeland fells, so I decided to take leaves out of the books of marathon runners and cyclists and took salt packets (from a fast-food restaurant) and a gel containing antioxidants. I tracked down a map of the Simien Mountains published as "Simen Mountains Trekking Map" by the University of Berne to pore over before I went — it was available at much the same price in Debark.
This is what I took:

IN KITBAG
Trousers - Paramo
Shirts - polyester x 2
Paramo Shirt x 2
Sandals
Boots
Socks x 3
Hiking Socks x 4
Liners x 3
Briefs x 4
Odlo Sleeved top
Micro fleece
Fleece hat
Balaclava
Jack Frost gloves
Thickies (gloves)
Thin gloves
Buff (neck wear)
Neck gaiter
Dubbin
Stop tout - mini-gaiters
ME Dreamcatcher 750 Sleeping bag
Sleeping bag microfleece liner
Thermarest Pro-lite 4 sleeping mat
Nalgene 1 litre water bottles x 2
Trekking poles
Head Torch
AAA batteries
Sun screen
Lip block
DEET
Hussif
Stuff sack - for items left in Gonder during the trek
Rucksack liners x 4 - to contain all items in the kitbag
Plastic bags - to isolate items that needed to be
Camera manual
Lens brush
Camera battery charger & leads
MP4 Charger, adapter & connectors
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Electric razor
Steel mirror
Wet wipes
Toilet paper
Towel
Travel wash
Nail clippers
Emery board
Whistle
Compass
Simien Mountains map

Pens
Notebook
Seam grip - in case of sleeping mat puncture
Handkerchief
Go sachets x 8 - isotonic drink with flavouring to mask the iodine
Go gel x 2 - emergency energy supply and to combat cramp
Salt packets - to combat cramp
GPS
Breakfast bars
 
IN SACK
Camera
Sun glasses
Passport photocopy
Book
MP4 player
Sun hat
 
TO WEAR
Trousers Trekking
Paramo Jacket
Shirt
Briefs
Shoes
Watch
Socks
Handkerchief
Comb
 
ON PERSON
Car park receipt
Insurance
Itinerary
Passport
Cash
Credit cards
Yellow Fever certificate
Tickets - Ethiopian Airlines
Tickets BA
Mobile phone
 
MEDICAL
Paracetamol
Wind-eze
Plasters
Re-hydration sachets
Hydrocortizone cream
Diareze
Iodine tablets
Ciprofloxacin - broad-spectrum antibiotic
Giving set


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