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Essential Kit For Spring Expeditions

May 6th, 2013

On group expeditions you’ll probably have a porter or pack animal to carry most of your personal gear. Each day, you’ll only need to carry a daysack with what you’ll need until the evening. Obvious items are a water/windproof, water bottle and a warm layer. After those key items, it’s very much a matter of personal preference camera, snacks, notebook/pen, small first aid kit, spare socks, hat, gloves and so on. Of course, if you’re exploring independently, then you may hire a porter or find yourself carrying all your own gear. That’s when ‘lightweight’ really matters!

Whatever style you choose, it makes sense to have a checklist of what you will probably need and take advice from your expedition company, if appropriate, on local variations. If you’re independent, then ask fellow explorers for up-to-date advice and tips from their own experience.

Clothing should be flexible enough to cope with a range of conditions so layering makes sense, especially with fast drying materials. To get you started, here’s a useful list that you can readily add to and adapt to suit your plans.

  • Photocopies of your passport and other important documents
  • Tough, comfortable mountain footwear
  • Light sandals
  • Trekking  poles
  • Waterproof duffel bag
  • Daysack
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Warm hat
  • Wind/waterproof jacket
  • Polar fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Wash kit
  • Water bottle
  • Small first aid kit and insect repellant
  • Sun cream and lip balm
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Whistle

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Ten Essential Items Of Kit For Summer Hill Walkers

May 2nd, 2013

With summer around the corner, it’s important not to take the hills for granted when heading off for the day. Britain’s mountain rescue teams advise hill walkers not to drop their guard and make sure they are well-prepared for fast-changing weather, navigation errors and accidents. A key consideration is to pack your rucksack with the ten essentials and always let a reliable person know where you are going and when you expect to return.

For help from Mountain Rescue, call the Police on 999 and ask for Mountain Rescue

Ten essentials for hill walkers

  • Map & compass – know how to use them!
  • Whistle – to signal searchers
  • Torch – for path finding and signalling – take spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Warm drink and food
  • Windproof and waterproof clothing
  • Hat & gloves
  • Extra warm clothes – fleece is ideal
  • Emergency rations
  • Emergency shelter – survival bag big enough to get into


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