Clothing and Equipment for Mountain Walking

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 (Landranger 1:50000 and/or Explorer 1:25000)
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:

Snowdonia: OS Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 115
Cairngorms: OS Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 36
Ben Nevis & Glencoe: OS Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 41
Penrith and Keswick (incl Ambleside): OS Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 90

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Personal Clothing and Equipment – Mountain Walking