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.
- Walking Socks
- Walking Trousers
- Base Layer Top
- Fleece Top
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof Trousers
- Warm Hat/Gloves
- Water Bottle or Bladder – at least one litre
- Sun Hat
- Trekking Poles
- Sun Glasses
- Sun Cream
- Lip Protector
- Personal Meds and First Aid
- Sleeping Layer
- Vacuum Flask
- Mobile Phone
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
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.
Try out those which suit you best. We recommend three pairs.
Comfy and not too long (not jeans!)
Top – Should be non-cotton and have ‘wicking’ properties to help keep you dry and comfortable.
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.
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.
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
Whether a wide-brimmed hat or cap with an extension flap or baseball cap with a buff or collared shirt to cover your neck.
These will ease the pressure away from your knees – strongly recommended.
For those good days – because the mountain sun can be very strong.
At least SPF-20.
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.
To attract attention if you’re lost (not part of the plan!).
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: Filled with a hot beverage.
For texting home when you reach the finish line and for breathtaking photos, in a waterproof bag (resealable sandwich bag for example).
Easy to eat snacks, chocolate, energy bars, fruit, nuts, etc.
“A good system shortens the road to the goal”