Kit List - Summer Mountaineering and Climbing
This kit list covers Summer mountaineering, scrambling and climbing. It is extensive and there are some more technical items on the list. I can lend out these more technical items if you would prefer to wait before purchasing your own.
ROCK CLIMBING SHOES
If you have your own then please bring them. If you are going to buy rock shoes then make sure that they are well fitted and comfortable for all day wear. It is often best to go into a specialist shop to try them on as all brands have a slightly different sizing. I do have a selection of sizes if you would rather borrow these to try them out.
Lightweight climbing helmet
Full sit harness with leg loops and gear loops
Recommended: Petzl Aquila
1 x long sewn Sling (11mm width) (1.2m length/2.4 metre circumference)
2 screwgate Karabiners
1 non-s/gate Karabiner
3m length of 5mm cord to make prusik loops
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!
Just like the rock shoes 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.
(Boots must be walked in/worn in until comfortable - brand new boots will give you blisters and can ruin your fun!)
Climbers’ Approach shoes with stiffened edges which are excellent for scrambling in good weather but don’t offer ankle support and can get wet/cold quickly
Please bring both Boots and Approach Shoes if you can
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
MAPS OS (not essential)
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!