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Recommended hill-walking gear



Listed below are the basic items recommended for a 5 hour plus route on the Scottish Hills. Stuff all of your gear into a 35-40 litre rucksack. If you don't have any of the essential items listed below in time for one of our events, don't fret ! We can help with some of the gear, just give us a call and we'll arrange to bring along spare. Please note that if you do turn up without the appropriate gear and haven't arranged for us to bring spare, your guide may refuse to lead you on the hills.

Download a checklist.


Clothing

Footwear : firm souled and preferably with decent ankle support
Waterproofs : jacket and overtrousers, ideally windproof too
Base layer : wicking top, a cotton t-shirt is not recommended
Mid layer : fleece or jumper
Trousers : tracksters, hillwalking trousers, but not jeans
Extremities : Gloves, hat and/or buff
Spare clothing : minimum of another fleece/thermal and gloves


Food and other essential kit

Survival bag, whistle, torch, small first aid kit (including compeed and plasters)
Enough food for the day and some extra energy giving food for emergencies
Hot drink, energy drink or fluid in a refillable flask or other container


Other useful gear depending on conditions

Walking poles
Camera and mobile phone
Compass and relevant map (OS Landranger is fine for most Scottish hills)
GPS to record the route
Midge repellent and sun-tan lotion


Winter conditions more information, hints and tips

Stiffer soled boots (to B2 standard or better)
Quality waterproof jackets and overtrousers which must be windproof
Gaiters
Goggles and extra warm clothing
Ice-axe and crampons depending on conditions
(we can hire you a package of ice-axe and crampons for £10 per day, or ice-axe, crampons and helmet for £15 per day)


Skye Munros climbs and scrambles

Helmet and harness
(you are encouraged to bring your own, but we can supply if needed)


Back-packing trips more information, hints and tips

Tent, sleeping-bag and sleeping mat
Camping stove, pans, mug and cutlery
Food for meals, breakfast and some spare
Personal hygiene
(we can hire you a package of backpacking rucksack, lightweight tent, cooking equipment (gas extra) and sleeping mat for £15 per day)



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