Wouterb – thanks for the reply, that is SOME bag you are getting there, I would love to bite the bullet and do the same but its not going to happen right now. I do agree though, if sleeping above 5000m becomes a regular thing, then life is much easier if you get the best equipment that allows you to simply forget the cold. Maybe I will rent a bag but I keep doing that and wanted to stop.
About Kili – yes I have an opportunity and time in September so I thought I would have a go, as this year I will be finishing my work assignment in Germany and going back to the UK, and after that it will be more difficult to do this type of stuff, since I won’t have the flexibility or money that I have right now. It sounds like you have already done this, if so you may be able to offer some more advice?
Which route did you take and would you recommend it? I was thinking about the Rongai route because the descent is a different trail to the ascent, which I like the idea of. I understand that it is mandatory to use a tour company, which did you use and how was it? Also, where did you fly to and start from – it seems you can fly to Kili direct or Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam or even Zanzibar? Nairobi appears to have the best flight options so I was thinking of flying and starting from there. Finally I am told it can be done in 6 days (Marangu to Marangu) but that is a minimum and involves long days, how long would you recommend?
Thanks again for the continuing good advice...