Kit Lists for Mountain Activities
Our kit lists are here to help you make sure that you have the correct equipment with you for each season, for your own comfort and safety... Please remember that it can get mighty cold and damp up there. We've even known it to snow on Ben Nevis in June !
These are basic requirements, any additional specialist equipment for the activities can be hired from several different places in Fort William, ie Ellis Brigham, Cotswold, etc.
Summer Mountain Kit
The Basic kit to travel through the Mountains is:-
Hillwalking Boots- Gore Tex lined or Leather.
Waterproof jacket & trousers- A reasonable hood, plus the Trousers should be able to go on over your boots!
Next to skin layer- Usually made from polyester or merino.
Mid Layer- Fleece type jacket
Walking Trousers- Anything not made from cotton.
Hat and Gloves
Good quality socks-Wool Mix
Food for the day-Take more than you think !
Enough water !
Map (Waterproof or with cover)
Winter Mountain Kit
These items are in addition to Summer Hillwalking Kit:-
Winter Boots-Must be Crampon compatible, a "B2"type is ideal
Crampons-"C1"Strap-on or "C2"type
Walking Axe-55-60cm works well
"Belay" type jacket-Insulated with synthetic or Down Fill
Goggles-Essential for seeing in Spindrift!
Spare Torch or batteries-Short daylight hours!
Flask-For your favourite beverage
Helmet- Essential for Winter Skills and Climbing
Wild Camping Kit.
All clothing appropriate to the weather plus:-
Tent-Must be lightweight, packable, and stable in adverse weather!
Sleeping Bag-Synthetic or down. a "3 Season" type should work well up there during the Summer Months
Sleeping Mat-Closed-cell foam or Self-Inflating. Standard Airbeds are cold.
Stove plus fuel-Lightweight Gas stove4s are clean and easy to use
Pans- For cooking
Food for the duration of the trip-Take whatever you fancy,just remember you have to be able to cook it!
Toilet trowel-Sometimes you have to dig your own...
These lists only have the real basic requirements in them... Don't forget to pack you other essentials, like a little personal First Aid Kit, your Glasses, or your favourite sweets!
If you need more information or advice about specific clothing or equipment, please contact us... We have had 25 years of Outdoor Retail experience, so there shouldn't be too many questions out there that we cannot answer...