Clothing and Equipment for Mountain Walking

By 29th August 2018 June 14th, 2019 Kit Lists, Resources

Clothing and Equipment for Mountain Walking

The following list of clothing and equipment for mountain walking should be useful in deciding what to wear/take in summer conditions (i.e. no snow or ice is present in any quantity):-

Base-layer top (Synthetic or synthetic/wool blend. Never cotton – “cotton kills”)
Base-layer leggings (optional – if you feel the cold)
Socks
Trousers (possibly light soft-shell)
Fleece/insulation layer (x2 if you feel the cold)
Hard-shell waterproof jacket
Waterproof over-trousers
Walking boots (if scrambling, then fairly stiff are generally more suitable – B:1 would be ideal
or perhaps B:2)
Gaiters (optional)
Hat
Fleece buff or scarf
Thin thermal gloves (optional)
Thicker waterproof/insulated gloves (but not ski-gloves)
Map (Harvey maps are definitely recommended but OS Landranger 1:50000 and/or Explorer 1:25000 are also fine)
Compass
Whistle
Camera and case (optional)
Mobile phone and waterproof case (optional, but ubiquitous)
Head-torch plus spare batteries
Rucksack – probably 30-40 litres (or 50-60 litres if camping)
Dry-bags for packing stuff in
Bivi bag/survival bag
Personal medication (and simple treatments, eg blister kit)
Trekking poles (optional – if you prefer them)
Thermos flask and/or hydration pack/water bottle
Lunch snacks
Notebook & pen

If camping:

Sleeping bag
Sleeping mat
Tent
Stove
Cooking equipment – pot, mug, cutlery etc
Food
Toilet paper (biodegradable)
Rubbish bags

Recommended reading:

http://www.mountain-training.org/publications/hill-walking
http://www.mountain-training.org/publications/navigation
http://www.mountain-training.org/publications/rock-climbing

Recommended maps:

Harvey Ultramap Snowdonia North

Harvey Ultramap Cairngorms

Harvey Ultramap Ben Nevis

Harvey Ultramap Lake District West

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Personal Clothing and Equipment – Mountain Walking