Kit List - Summer Hillwalking
45-55 litre capacity. Lightweight and comfortable.
Recommended: Mountain Equipment Tupilak 50+
plus waterproof /dry-bag liner or nylon rain-cover, sadly Scotland is famous for the odd wet and rainy day!
Choosing the right boots is really important. You need to make sure that your boots are nice and comfortable to wear all day. You will be best to go into the store and try them on. Try a few brands as often one will fit you better. If you need any advice on boots please get in touch and I am happy to help!
(Boots must be walked in/worn in until comfortable - brand new boots will give you blisters and can ruin your fun!)
Lightweight wind and waterproof Jacket
Recommended: Mountain Equipment Garwhal.
Recommended Mountain Equipment Makalu
Lightweight Fleece or Softshell Jacket
Recommended: Mountain Equipment Diablo
Mid-layer Fleece shirt
Long-sleeved thermal Vest and Leggings
Recommended: Mountain Equipment Equinox
Lightweight Stretch Trousers
Recommended: Mountain Equipment Ibex pants or any Leggings or Tracksuit Bottoms
2 pairs of good quality walking socks
GAITERS (not essential)
Lightweight Alpine gaiters (advised when weather is wet)
Warm waterproof gloves/mittens
Durable grip gloves for climbing/abseiling (tight-fitting, leather-palmed gloves or plastic-coated hardware gloves are effective for scrambling and are cheap in hardware stores)
It can get cold even in Spring & Summer, it is best to prepare for all weather conditions in Scotland!
It is important to prepare for every eventuality. In some cases, we will be descending at night and therefore it is important to have the right torch to allow you to navigate off the mountain. I now take two head torches, both fully charged, as this means if one runs out or malfunctions, you are not fiddling around with batteries and cold hands in the dark.
CAMPMAT/THERMAREST AND SLEEPING BAG ( 2- 3 SEASON )
+ Camp Cutlery, Mug, Plate (for overnight expedition)
Thermos flask for hot drinks and 1 litre water bottle
SUNGLASSES AND SUNSCREEN
We are optimistic for sunshine and blue skies!
SKI/TREKKING POLES (not essential)
Telescopic, not essential but very useful on descents
Map App is recommended – £20 per year and enables download of any part of the UK map area. It integrates with Smart Phone GPS and has route-planning functions.
Sheet maps that may be used are:
1:50000 OS Sheet nos 19, 24, 25, 33.
1:25000 Harveys Superwalker: Torridon, Skye Cuillin.
1:40000 British Mountain Maps: Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric and Torridon and Fisherfield (BMC) – not essential but bring them if you have them!
For blisters and minor cuts, a full kit is carried by your Guide
COMPASS AND GPS DEVICE
Silva type (bring a GPS if you have one, not essential)
If you have any queries about your kit - get in touch!