Wild About Wales
Guided Mountain Walking


 
Kit for mountain walking
Group on the Nantlle Ridge.
Kit List
Doing mid and high level walks means you will need some essential kit including suitable footwear, a backpack, appropriate layers of clothing, wind/waterproof outer shell, hat, gloves and some lunch.
A group pausing on the Nantlle Ridge


 
Footwear

For low level walks you will need your own comfortable walking shoes or boots. For mid and high level walks you should have well fitting footwear with good grip and ankle support.

Waterproofs

For mid and high level walks it is essential to have wind and waterproof outer garments, (no matter what the weather is like on the day). These are safety items which we insist upon; we have a limited amount of these items for hire.

Suitable clothing

For mid and high level walks you must have warm clothing suitable for the weather conditions. See opposite for details of the layering system. Cotton jeans are not recommended because they can become sodden in wet conditions; it is better to have a pair of light walking trousers that dry out quickly and that will provide warmth under a pair of waterproof overtrousers. Dont forget hat and gloves.

Back pack

For mid and high level walks you will need a back pack to carry your waterproofs and any layers you are not using at the time as well as lunch and some water to drink!

Sun screen

Hopefully we will be walking in sunshine! In the high clear air the UV levels can be quite high, so bring some sun lotion in case of good weather!

Clothing - The layering system The layering system allows you stay comfortable in all the conditions you meet outdoors. There are 3 types of layer; base, mid and outer layer or "shell".

The layer next to your skin (the base layer) should draw moisture away from your body when you are working hard and sweating - walking up hill for instance. Although cotton is comfortable when dry a typical tee shirt does not make a good base layer because it holds onto moisture like a dish cloth -potentially leaving you damp and uncomfortable when you stop and cool down. Much better to wear something non-cotton next to the skin and preferably long sleeved in case it's cold.

The mid layer is the insulating part of the system. It is useful to be able to adjust this - and avoid overheating - so having several thin mid layer garments is a good idea. Typical mid layer materials are fleece and wool. take at least one layer more than you think you will need; just in case of an emergency. As far as trousers are concerned, avoid cotton jeans for the same reasons as above.

The outer layer, or "hard shell" protects you from wind and rain. It usually consists of a waterproof coat with a hood and waterproof overtrousers. Always carry these - always; even though on a fine day they may never have to come out of your back pack. Without an outer shell, your other clothing is not much use in bad conditions. Overtrousers should be the type that can be put on without you having to remove your boots.

On a cold day much heat loss is possible through the head and hands so a warm hat and a pair of gloves are essential items to have in your back pack too.

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