“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”
Having the right kit is vital for keeping you safe during our adventures together. That's why we will insist that you have the items outlined below in order to take part in our activities. We've also included a list of optional extras as our needs can change according to the seasons.
Please get in touch if you have any kit questions or would like to borrow any items.
- a T shirt to wear against your skin whilst walking
- synthetic materials or merino are best as they draw water away from your skin
- avoid cotton as it soaks up water, which may make you cold or cause chaffing
- long or short sleeves depending on the time of year/weather
Depending on the time of year, I usually take:
- a thinner top, similar to the base layer
- a thicker top, such as a fleece or jumper, to put on at lunch time
- lightweight, comfortable trousers that allow a full range of movement
- avoid jeans as they soak up water, which may make you cold or cause chaffing
- walking socks have more padding at the heel, ball and toes
- they are also designed to wick away sweat, which helps to prevent blisters
- some people prefer to wear thin socks and then a thicker pair over the top, which can help reduce the friction against your skin
- walking boots provide ankle support which is essential over rough or rocky terrain
- walking shoes have a stiffer sole than trainers and can be a great option for walks on well-defined paths
- go to an outdoor shop and try some on - the best boots are the ones that fit your feet!
- make sure this is ‘waterproof’, not just ‘water resistant’
- it needs to be big enough to feel comfortable with all your warm layers underneath, but not so big that it flaps around or makes it difficult to move
- make sure these are ‘waterproof’, not just ‘water resistant’
- try them on over your trousers to make sure you still have a full range of movement
- even on a warm day it can feel cold when you’re in the hills and mountains
- on a rainy day, bring two pairs in case the first set become too wet to wear
Hill and mountain walking in particular can burn a lot of calories so bring plenty of snacks!
- 1 – 1.5 litres for a day or half day walk
- 2 litres for a mountain or challenge walk
- plastic survival bag – an essential purchase if you’re walking regularly, but we have these available to borrow on our walks if needed
- whistle - good for attracting attention in an emergency
- spare food – chocolate bar, flapjack or something similar
- headtorches are a good option as they leave your hands free
- you will not be able to take part in a sunrise, sunset or wild camping event if you do not have a torch
- don’t forget any medication that you need
- plasters and antiseptic wipes can also be useful
20 – 30 litres will be big enough to carry your spare clothing, food and drink
These come in a variety of sizes and keep your kit dry inside your rucksack (rucksacks aren’t waterproof)
- you can use one 20 – 30 litre dry bag to line your rucksack
- or you can use several smaller ones for different items of kit
- a heavy-duty bin bag can also work well for lining your rucksack
- carrier bags are another option, but they are more likely to tear
- can help reduce the impact on your joints when walking downhill
- useful for stability and testing for soft ground in boggy areas!
There’s nothing quite like a brew with a view on a cold day!
Essential for protecting your skin on a sunny day.
Useful for keeping the midges and other insects at bay
- may help to keep the bottoms of your trousers clean and your feet dry
- may help to keep mud or stones from getting inside your boots