Kit List for Mountain Challenge Events

By 30th May 2019 Kit Lists, Resources

Clothing and Equipment for Mountain Challenge Events

The following kit list is a suggested list of the clothing and equipment to wear and carry for any one of a number of mountain challenge events in the UK. A typical example could be the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

There are three essential items which everyone should always have:

  • Walking boots (which come up above the ankle).
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Head-torch.

Other items to wear/carry will depend on the weather conditions on the day:

  • Good weather forecast (e.g. clear skies, sunny):
    • Wear:
      • Walking boots (that are tried and tested).
      • Light trousers/leggings/shorts.
      • Sports top or base layer – something that will remove moisture, so a synthetic or synthetic/wool blend, not a cotton T-Shirt. (“Cotton kills”.)
      • Sun hat.
    • Carry (in 15-20 litre rucksack):
      • Water – 2 litres. Don’t carry less.
      • Food – the best things are snacks that you can eat on the go, or very quickly, e.g. cereal bars, sandwiches, cake, chocolate etc.
      • Sun cream.
      • Sun glasses.
      • Head-torch.
      • One warm layer – e.g. a fleece – in case of chill on top of hills.
      • Waterproof jacket (just in case).
      • Small first aid kit – NB blister treatment and any regular medication and mild painkillers (e.g. Ibuprofen).
      • Mobile phone (and camera).
      • Map & compass.
      • Walking poles (optional, if you already use them/like them).
  • Bad weather forecast: (low cloud, persistent rain, perhaps steady wind):
    • Wear:
      • Walking boots (that are tried and tested).
      • Light trousers/leggings/shorts.
      • Sports top or base layer – something that will remove moisture, so synthetic or synthetic/wool blend, not a cotton T-Shirt. (“Cotton kills”.)
      • Warm layer – e.g. fleece.
      • Waterproof trousers.
      • Waterproof jacket.
      • Warm hat.
    • Carry (in 15-20 litre rucksack):
      • Water – 2 litres. This is probably sufficient.
      • Food – the best thing are snacks that you can eat on the go, or very quickly, e.g. cereal bars, sandwiches, cake, chocolate etc.
      • Head-torch.
      • Gloves.
      • Spare warm layer.
      • Small first aid kit – NB blister treatment and any regular medication and mild painkillers (e.g. Ibuprofen).
      • Mobile phone (and camera).
      • Map & compass.
      • Walking poles (optional, if you already use them/like them).

Our more general kit list for more varied mountain walking can be found here.