Equipment List for UK Scrambling & Mountaineering Courses
- Clothing – Loose fitting comfortable clothing to cover both warm and cold days. Thermal wicking base layer and a couple of fleece / soft shell tops. Light, quick drying trousers – polyester or fleece, cotton not ideal. Wicking T-shirt and shorts are worth bringing also.
- Mountain boots – 3-4 season with a good quality sole (such as Vibram) for scrambling. If you are training for Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn, you can wear your boots you will be wearing in the Alps.
- Rucksack – Around 30 – 40L, with a waterproof liner. You should easily be able to get all the kit listed here inside.
- Harness – make sure it fits before the course and is not too big at its smallest possible waist size. Likewise that you can get it over fleeces, waterproofs etc.
- Helmet – Easily adjustable and big enough to go over a warm hat.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers – Lightweight waterproofs will be sufficient for most courses.
- Warm hat and gloves
- Water bottle and packed lunch – At least 1L Capacity.
- Spare warm layer – Large fleece or light duvet jacket.
- Personal first aid kit – Plasters and personal medication, midge repellent.
- Sun cream, sunglasses and sun hat
- Head Torch – small and light one sufficient for emergency use only for most courses
- Emergency survival bag – very light one to be used in emergency in conjunction with Guides Group Shelter
Skye Ridge traverses – or other courses with a bivvi
- Lightweight sleeping bag – 2 season should be sufficient.
- Bivvi bag – Ideally breathable.
- Bivvi food – Lightweight dehydrated meals, noodles, packet soups, power bars, sweets etc – enough for 2 long days on the Skye Ridge.
- Camping Mat – Lightweight variety. Heavy therma-rests are excessive.
- Mug and spoon
Group Items – Supplied by your Guide
- Scrambling / climbing protection hardware
- Group Shelter
- Map / Compass
- Cooking Stove, pots and fuel
- Lighter / Matches