Do You Need a Balaclava?


Most people don’t use a balaclava on the mountain. Many just zip up their jacket and fleece, pull down their hat, and keep much of their face exposed.

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Personally, it would have been wonderful, only on the last day, to have a balaclava on the final ascent to the Uhuru summit. It would have saved freezing face that was getting nailed by wind. I highly recommend bringing one. And, don’t worry, there are some rather nice ones available through Mountain Hardware, so you don’t have to look like you are about to rob a convenient store.