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Scotland Tour Kit List

In order to come on the Scotland tour, you'll need to demonstrate that you're competent at navigation and route planning. In addition, we also require that you equip yourself appropriately. Your gear should include (but is not limited to) the following: 


  • Winter mountaineering boots - four season stiff-soled leather or plastic boots that will take a crampon (B2 or B3). Wear one thin pair of liner socks and one slightly thicker pair. Cheap socks are usually bad

  • Gaiters

  • Rucksack – Around 40-50L, with a waterproof liner. All your kit needs to fit in here. Avoid having things strapped to the outside (apart from ice axes)

  • *Crampons and bag - 10 or 12-point mountaineering crampons! 

  • *Ice axes – for general mountaineering a single axe of 55-65cm is fine

  • *Helmet – easily adjustable and big enough to go over a thick hat or balaclava

  • Waterproof jacket – good quality breathable model with a large hood that will go comfortably over your helmet (try it on in the shop with a balaclava and helmet on)

  • Waterproof trousers or sallopettes – make sure they have a full length or ¾ zip so you can get them on over your boots

  • Gloves – ideally several thin liner pairs, a pair of thicker gloves and a pair of mitts

  • Hat or balaclava – take both if you have them. ‘Buffs’ can also be useful

  • Head torch – with spare batteries!

  • Water bottle – 1L capacity or, heavier, a flask. For Isotonic drinks, hot drinks, water

  • Hill food – cereal bars, honey sandwiches, power bars, fruit cake, chocolate etc. Not fruit!

  • Clothing – thermal top and two fleece layers. A warm jacket is also essential, preferably with a large, insulated hood. Fleece, power stretch or similarly warm trousers or sallopettes

  • Personal first aid kit – plasters and blister kit. Personal medication. Sun cream and lip balm for sunny days

  • Personal emergency survival/bivi-Bag – blizzard bag recommended, classic orange plastic style better than nothing

  • Map, compass and map case – essential! (As is being able to use them properly)

  • Goggles – cheap goggles are a false economy. Sunglasses for the optimistic! You'll need goggles to avoid snow blindness

  • Mobile Phone – a waterproof bag for this is recommended


* These items may be borrowed from the club, so you don't have to spend your entire student loan on equipment. 

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