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Kit List

In order to participate in our trips, we require that you at the very minimum have a rucksack to carry your kit, a full set of waterproofs (jacket and trousers) and walking boots with ankle support. This BMC video explains what is meant by this:

 

 

 

 

A more complete list is outlined below:

  • Rucksack

  • Walking boots

  • Waterproof jacket (can be borrowed, see below)

  • Waterproof trousers (can be borrowed, see below)

  • Hiking socks

  • Trousers (not jeans, see below)

  • Baselayer/t-shirt (not cotton, if this gets wet you will get cold and stay cold)

  • Warm fleece/jumper/insulated jacket

  • Gloves

  • Hat/buffs

  • Water bottle

  • Sleeping bag (for weekend trips, where required)

  • Food (for snacks and lunch out on the hills)

Other items that may make your life easier if you have them:

  • Gaiters

  • Walking poles

  • Waterproof drybags to line your rucksack

  • Headtorch (always a good thing to have for when daylight hours are shorter or if your walk takes longer than expected)

  • A spare pair of socks in case you end up in water higher than your ankles

In addition your respective walk leader will also be carrying the following:

  • Group first aid kit

  • Group shelter

  • Map(s) & compass(es)

  • Spare gloves/hats/buffs (not always)

This list is not exhaustive. Pack sensibly and ensure that you have enough suitable warm clothing to stay comfortable and safe when outdoors. It would be wise to consider carrying spares or extras of gloves, fleeces or socks for example in case of worsening weather.

Please note that jeans are not suitable clothing; they retain water and get heavy and cold when wet. For your own safety, you will not be permitted to walk with the club if you are wearing jeans.

 

Similarly, cotton clothing should be avoided as it offers poor insulation when wet and doesn't dry easily. For your own comfort and safety you should try to wear clothes made from wool or synthetic fibres and consider this when buying new gear.

If you would like advice regarding kit, many of our membership are experienced mountaineers and would be happy to share their knowledge.

The club does have a limited supply of waterproofs and other kit available to borrow. Please contact our Gear Master well before departure on one of our trips if you need to borrow some of these items.