Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, presents a challenging yet rewarding winter climbing experience. The key to a successful climb is thorough preparation, especially when it comes to packing the right gear. This article provides a comprehensive packing list to ensure you're well-equipped for the harsh winter conditions.

Clothing for the Climb

  • Feet: B1 or B2 winter mountaineering boots, trainers or light footwear for camp, optional hut slippers, 3-4 pairs of trekking socks, and extra thick socks for cold conditions.
  • Trekking Wear: 2-3 thermal t-shirts (long and short-sleeved, non-cotton), 2 fleece tops (one thick, one thin) or a Primaloft jacket, walking trousers (preferably with zip-off legs), shorts (if not using zip-off trousers), lightweight trekking gloves or liners, heavy-duty gloves or mittens, a warm hat, sunhat/cap, neck gaiter or Buff, waterproof over-trousers, a waterproof shell jacket with a hood, and a heavy-weight down jacket with a hood.

General Clothes for Camp

  • Extra trousers for evenings, long thermal top and bottoms, underwear, a swimming costume (optional), and a light towel.

Climbing Equipment

  • Climbing harness and helmet, ice axe with leash, and C2 minimum crampons. Note: these items are often supplied if needed.

Camping and General Kit

  • A soft expedition holdall (65-90 Ltr), waterproof rucksack liner or small dry bags, a day bag (35-45 Ltr) with ice axe loops, a 3/4 season minimum sleeping bag, a lightweight dry bag for the sleeping bag, an optional sleeping bag liner, a pillow case, a head torch with spare batteries, and a female urination device for women (optional).

Hydration and Nutrition

  • 2 x 1ltr wide-necked water bottles, a water bladder (with a note on freezing issues), water purification tablets, Vitamin C and hydration tablets, water flavoring, and personal snacks or treats to share.

Hygiene Essentials

  • Hand sanitizer, toilet roll in a ziplock bag, plastic nappy bags, earplugs, wet wipes, essential personal hygiene items, and a lightweight towel.

Documentation and Money

  • Passport with photocopies, money for tips (£40-£50), a credit card, insurance documentation, airline tickets, and a money belt.

Extras for Comfort and Safety

  • Camera, trekking poles, sunglasses (Cat.3/4, 100% UVA/UVB, wrap-around style preferred), ski goggles, phone/book/Kindle/diary, charging cables, and plug adapter.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Sunblock and lip block (SPF 30+/50+), anti-diarrhea tablets, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, throat lozenges, rehydration sachets, antiseptic wipes, plasters, blister plasters, personal medication, and vaseline for foot care.

A well-planned packing list is crucial for a safe and enjoyable winter climb of Jebel Toubkal. This comprehensive list covers everything from essential climbing gear to personal comfort items, ensuring you're well-prepared for the challenges and delights of this unique adventure.