Kit Advice

Choosing the right kit can not only ensure you are happy and comfortable during the trek, but can also help you avoid getting injuries or soreness while out on the trek.

When packing for the trek consider the loose-layered look. Clothing can be removed as needed and put back on as you rest, or as the temperature drops. Loose clothing that permits free air ow is good. Consider synthetic-blend materials that wick away moisture and dry quickly when the weather is hot.

Rain gear should be breathable, waterproof and lightweight. If we work our way from the bottom up your kit should look like this. 

1. Footwear: Your ideal foot wear will be ankle high Water Proof walking boots. DO NOT wear fashionable trainers, boots or shoes as they WILL get ruined if the weather is poor. 

2. Bottoms: This is quite straight forward, quick drying trekking trousers, ideally light combats, will do. DO NOT wear jeans or joggers, as they will become sodden in the rain and make it very uncomfortable and tiring to trek. 

3. Tops: This is where the layering system really starts to take effect. As mentioned above you want lots of thin layers as opposed to a couple of thick layers. What this allows you to do is while you are trekking and your getting really hot you can easily shed o a few layers, then when you rest and it SUDDENLY gets really cold you can add a couple of layers. A wicking base layer will be ideal, to keep your body dry. Other layers can include a synthetic t-shirt and a fleece top. 

4.  Waterproof Jacket: This bit of kit is essential! Like the footwear this is the only other piece of kit that if you didn’t have we would ask you not to complete the trek. The jacket needs to be a breathable waterproof jacket. Make sure you’ve got it with you to keep your clothes dry. The higher up you climb, the colder it gets, you dont want to risk hyporthermia by trekking in wet clothing! 

5. Backpack: It is important you bring the right type of bag. Namely the only important thing is it needs to have two padded shoulder straps. Please please please, don’t turn up with a bag that has one shoulder strap or two shoulder straps made out of string i.e. the bag you got from JD’s the last time you were there. These will really make your life very uncomfortable and could cause you some injury.

 

WHAT TO PACK:

  1. Water bottle, you’ll need to carry at least 1 litre of water

  2. Waterproof Jacket, if you’re not wearing it stays in your backpack - hopefully, inshallah you won’t need this at all

  3. Water proof bottoms, these go over your trekking trousers and will completely waterproof you. 

  4. Warm Layer, a fleece or a warm hoody, this goes in the backpack for when you need it. 

  5. Refreshments, fruit and snacks that will give you a quick release of sugar.

  6. Woolly Hat & Gloves, in case it gets very cold, its always best to be prepared to protect your extremities. 

  7. Head torch, in the eventuality that you are delayed on the mountain and need to get down in the dark. Do not get a hand held torch, as you need both hands to be free.  

This seems like a lot...and it does sound strange, but please bear in mind we all need to be prepared for all eventualities. In the mountains, the weather changes very quickly. You never know what to expect. It can be dry and clear to start but wet, foggy and blustery by the time you've finished.

If we can borrow a motto from the scouts, then it’s this, always be prepared!! 


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