Kit & Clothing for the Walk
I would like these days out to be accessible to anyone, especially those with limited mountain walking experience so I understand that you may not have specialised kit or clothing, as long as you have the items listed as essential that's fine.
When experienced walkers take to the hills of Snowdonia in the summer months they will probably wear clothing that is comfortable, practical, wicks away sweat and dries quickly. They will probably wear hill walking trousers or shorts and what is known as a technical ‘T’ shirt. On top of this they will wear a mid-weight layer and have a fleece in their rucksack with a waterproof jacket and trousers. This is a layering system to enable them to adjust to the constant changes of temperature due to elevation, weather, or physical exertion.
This sort of clothing is not actually that expensive to buy, although I realise that you may not want to spend money on walking clothes just yet.
When you come for a walk with me you will need a waterproof jacket and trousers as a minimum. The clothing you choose to wear must be comfortable and dry quickly, definitely no denim. Please do not bring umbrellas as they get destroyed in the wind. If you have any queries about what to wear please contact us.
Your walk will be much better appreciated if you are wearing the correct clothing and waterproof hiking boots. Obviously your experience and comfort will depend on how well prepared you are for the weather we may encounter. It can be very cold high in the mountains even in the summer months and weather can change very quickly. You need to be aware that it is simply not possible to go indoors and the car could be 6 hours walk away. We always prepare for the worst in the mountains!
Your Walk Leader will be carrying a comprehensive first aid kit
Please read this list carefully and make sure you bring everything you need.
- Water proof jacket
- Waterproof over trousers (Ensure you can put the over trousers on whilst wearing your boots)
- Gloves (2 pairs)
- Walking Boots
- Rucksack (25-35 litres in size depending on how much stuff you want to carry)
- Food for the day. You will be burning off twice the amount of energy you normally do, so bring enough food. Foods like bananas, dried fruit, flapjacks & sandwiches are good.
- Water. (1 litre minimum) On hot days you can drink up to 4 pints/2 litres of water. Platypus water sacs are a great way of carrying water.
- On cold days a warm drink is nice to have.
- Personal Medicines (Inform your guide on the day of any medication you are taking)
- Thick/Walking socks
- Wicking base layer (This is worn next to the skin and should not be a cotton t-shirt)
- Mid layer (Worn between the base layer and your jacket, lightweight fleeces are ideal)
- Walking trousers or shorts (Do not wear jeans or jogging bottoms)
- Sun Cream / Sun Glasses / Sun Hat
- Map (of area) / Compass / Whistle
- Orange Poly Survival bag (available for a couple of pounds)
- Rucksack liner (essential in wet weather, rucksacks are not waterproof!)
- Walking Poles
- Camera / Phone