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Kit List for Mountain Walking

By 29th August 2018September 18th, 2022Kit Lists, Resources, Summer, Walking

Kit List for Mountain Walking

The following kit 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). (If you are going on a mountain challenge event then you will probably want to carry less, so here is a different kit list for an event such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.)

  • 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
  • WAG Bag for toilet waste
  • Notebook & pen
  • Simple repair kit (cable ties, repair tape, spare buckles etc)

If camping:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Tent
  • Stove
  • Cooking equipment – pot, mug, cutlery etc
  • Food
  • WAG Bag for toilet waste
  • Rubbish bags

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Personal Clothing and Equipment – Mountain Walking