Suggested Mountain Kit List

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“It’s better to be looking at it, than looking for it.”

Having the right clothing, equipment and supplies is vital when heading into the mountains and big open outdoor spaces. Often times you will be a long way from roads and civilization and the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. With this in mind it is very important to be as self sufficient as possible and to have everything you need for when you set off – and other things you might need should your day change while you are out adventuring.

Below is a list of items that you will need for a day out in the mountains:

Essential Items:-

  • 1 Rucksack – 25-35l capacity
  • Several waterproof fold top bags to put kit into to keep it dry. (Exped are good)
  • 1 Pair of Walking boots or shoes. Boots are preferable for added ankle support. Must be worn in.
  • Trekking trousers or leggings – if the day is hot, shorts can be worn.
  • 1-3 pairs hiking socks. Choose Merino wool if possible.
  • 1-2 Long sleeved base layers. Merino wool for cold days, Helly Hansen for warmer.
  • 1 short sleeved base layer.
  • 1 mid layer fleece. On a very wet or cold day it can be worth having a second layer in your bag within a waterproof bag.
  • 1 pair of good gloves. Ideally waterproof.
  • 1 Beanie
  • Vessels for carrying 1-2l of water. (A 1.5-2l bladder is good for drinking on the move but also carry a solid water bottle in case of a leak).
  • Small flask to carry hot drink (essential on cold days.) Not always needed in summer.
  • Sandwich box for carrying lunch.
  • Small personal medical kit containing blister plasters and painkillers (paracetamol/ibuprofen) plus any other medication you may need such as inhalers/insulin/aspirin. Can be useful to take some bite cream and midge/tick repellent.
  • Waterproof bag for phone and personal belongings such as wallet.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm – High SPF Factor
  • Toilet tissue in waterproof bag to go in rucksack – just in case!

Optional Items:-

These are items that can make your time on the mountain more comfortable but are not essential.

  • Camera – Store in waterproof bag
  • Trekking Poles – These can be VERY good for saving your legs and knees or navigating over wet rocks.
  • Electrolytes/pink salt to go in water. Cramp can be issue on long days hiking. This can help.
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Waterproof rucksack liner (or bin liner) to be extra sure your kit will remain dry on rainy days.
  • Peaked Cap can be a game changer on rainy or bright days.
  • Shades
  • Maps/compass of the area for navigating (not needed on our trips as we lead you!)

This may seem like a lot of equipment. But the golden rule of thumb for long days out in the mountains is be prepared for most eventualities.


Contact me if you need any help with your Kit List.

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