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Summer Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Kit List

SUMMER

KIT LIST  

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.

 

HELMET

Lightweight climbing helmet

Recommended: Petzl Sirocco or Petzl Meteor

 

CLIMBING HARNESS

Full sit harness with leg loops and gear loops

Recommended: Petzl Aquila

 

HARDWARE

You can get this hardware online or in store, make sure that you buy it from a reputable supplier. Good brand names are either Petzl or DMM

  • 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

  • Belay/abseil plate

 

RUCKSACK

45-55 litre capacity. Lightweight and comfortable.

plus waterproof /dry-bag liner or nylon rain-cover, sadly Scotland is famous for the odd wet and rainy day!

BOOTS

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. 


Recommended:

(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

  • Recommended: La Sportiva TX, Scarpa Zodiac

Please bring both Boots and Approach Shoes if you can

 

SHELL GARMENTS

  • Lightweight wind and waterproof Jacket

  • Waterproof Overtrousers

 

INNER CLOTHING

  • Lightweight Fleece or Softshell Jacket

  • Mid-layer Fleece shirt

  • Long-sleeved thermal Vest and Leggings

  • Lightweight Stretch Trousers

Recommended: Mountain Equipment Ibex pants or any Leggings or Tracksuit Bottoms

  • 2 pairs of good quality walking socks

  • Shorts

 




GAITERS (not essential)

Lightweight Alpine gaiters (advised when weather is wet)

 

GLOVES/MITTS

  • 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)


 

WOOL HAT/BALACLAVA

It can get cold even in Spring & Summer, it is best to prepare for all weather conditions in Scotland!

 

 

CAMPMAT/THERMAREST AND SLEEPING BAG ( 2- 3 SEASON )

+ Camp Cutlery, Mug, Plate (for overnight expedition)

 

DRINK FLASKS

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!

 

FIRST AID

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)

 

MAP CASE

Waterproof plastic


If you have any queries about your kit - get in touch!

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