Kit List

This kit list is to provide you with an outline of the ‘on hill’ equipment that you will find necessary for your challenge. We have not listed any casual clothing or other basic items (e.g. toothbrush) that you may also need. The aim of an equipment list like this is to prepare you for poor weather eventualities. It can get very cold on UK hills even in the summer and therefore we need to be prepared.

Essential

  • Boots
  • Walking Socks
  • Walking Trousers
  • Base Layer Top
  • Fleece Top
  • Windstopper/Hoodie
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Warm Hat/Gloves
  • Rucksack/Liner
  • Water Bottle or Bladder – at least one litre

Recommended

  • Sun Hat
  • Trekking Poles
  • Sun Glasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Lip Protector
  • Personal Meds and First Aid
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping Layer
  • Vacuum Flask
  • Mobile Phone
  • Snacks

Don’t Forget!!!

We also recommend something warm and dry to sleep in on the bus (that hasn’t got wet on the hill) and have something with you to use as a travel pillow/stuffbag of clothes etc to use to sleep on.

ESSENTIALS - DETAILED LIST

BOOTS

General hill-walking boots with good ankle support and fitted with a good sole unit for good grip. Make sure they are ‘worn in’. Bring a spare new paper in case you experience wet weather as this helps dry your boots between peaks.

WALKING SOCKS

Try out those which suit you best. We recommend three pairs.

WALKING TROUSERS

Comfy and not too long (not jeans!)

BASE LAYER

Top – Should be non-cotton and have ‘wicking’ properties to help keep you dry and comfortable.

FLEECE TOP

Thick fleece for during rest periods – it is necessary for you to bring two fleece tops (one lighter, one thicker).

WIND-STOPPER / HOODIE

For when it gets windy or cold.

WATERPROOF JACKET

This should have a waterproof membrane (e.g. gore-tex etc) and hood. Ski jackets are not recommended as they are too bulky and heavy and not as waterproof.

WATERPROOF TROUSERS

These are in addition to your walking trousers and should have a waterproof membrane (e.g. gore-tex etc).

WARM HAT / GLOVES

We lose most of our body heat through our heads – a must. Gloves will protect your hands from cold winds on the summits.

RUCKSACK / LINER

25-35 litre with a waist belt. Industrial strength bin liners to pack gear into as rucksacks aren’t waterproof!

WATER BOTTLE / BLADDER – AT LEAST 1 LITRE

You will drink more than 2-3 litres on a hot day so take multiple bottles. Any secure, lightweight container suitable for drinking is fine however ‘bladders’ (drinking containers in your rucksack with a tube running to the front) are very good.

RECOMMENDED - DETAILED LIST

SUN HAT

Whether a wide-brimmed hat or cap with an extension flap or baseball cap with a buff or collared shirt to cover your neck.

TREKKING POLES

These will ease the pressure away from your knees – strongly recommended.

SUN GLASSES

For those good days – because the mountain sun can be very strong.

SUN CREAM

At least SPF-20.

LIP PROTECTOR

Preferably with SPF.

PERSONAL MEDICATION & FIRST AID KIT

Any prescription medicines you need and a small personal first aid kit. Compeed Plasters bring welcome relief to blistered feet.

WHISTLE

To attract attention if you’re lost (not part of the plan!).

SLEEPING LAYER

A spare insulating jacket (kept in the bus) or blanket to use for sleeping. Having something warm to snuggle into will ease sleep on the bus. Use a travel pillow or rolled up jacket for a pillow.

VACUUM FLASK

Vacuum Flask: Filled with a hot beverage.

MOBILE PHONE

For texting home when you reach the finish line and for breathtaking photos, in a waterproof bag (resealable sandwich bag for example).

SNACKS

Easy to eat snacks, chocolate, energy bars, fruit, nuts, etc.

“A good system shortens the road to the goal”

— Orison Swett Marden —