Suggested Equipment and Clothing

  • Walking boots with suitable soles eg Vibram
  • Waterproofs – both jacket and trousers are essential (it rains here …)
  • Walking socks; thin inner socks as well, if you are susceptible to blisters
  • Thermal layer with a fleece/thicker warm layer over the top. Cotton t-shirts are not warm.
  • Gloves or mittens plus a warm hat or balaclava
  • Comfortable trousers, NOT jeans. You want trousers which will still be warm even if wet.
  • Map, compass (know how to use them) and whistle
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Spare dry clothing appropriate for the season
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Survival bag for use in an emergency
  • Food and water, plus some extra emergency rations (see below)
  • Rucksack big enough to carry your gear

Optional items

  • Walking poles
  • Gaiters 

Winter Additions

  • Ice axe and crampons (also know how to use them)
  • Goggles
  • Warmer spare clothing
  • Flask with hot drink (tea, coffee, soup)

Summer Additions

  • Sunhat
  • Midge repellent
  • Suntan lotion
  • Extra water

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