Below is a comprehensive kit list and we’re sure, as you read it, it will look rather daunting! But don’t worry - most of the kit you’ll need is just standard outdoor kit so you won’t have to spend loads. We will also talk in detail about equipment during our training weekend so please don’t rush out on a shopping frenzy before we’ve talked.
The list points out equipment that is essential (marked with a capital ‘E’), essential but will be provided for you (marked ‘P’) or optional (marked ‘O’). Optional equipment is stuff we think will make your life easier but you’ll certainly get by without it.
E 35-40 Litre rucksack - this is the rucksack you’ll use every day of the walk in and take on summit day (if applicable). If it’s comfy you’ll have a happy days walking. If not your life may be hell! We’ll give you lots of guidance on choosing a rucksack during our training sessions.
E Walking boots – another essential….and another bit of equipment we’ll talk about at length.
O Sandals (optional) – great for letting your feet breathe a bit after a days trekking.
E Comfortable shoes – another pair of comfortable shoes that can be worn around town.
E Waterproof jacket – ideally a lightweight and breathable jacket. We’ll talk about these at training but lightweight material such as Gore-Tex Paclite is ideal.
E Waterproof trousers (must go on over trekking boots / plastic boots).
E Duvet jacket – a warm duvet jacket is an essential safety item. You’ll also really appreciate it when you head out in the evenings to watch the stars……….or nip to the loo!
E Fleece x 2 – midweight fleeces that can be layered together are the best option. These can be picked up very cheaply and don't need to be a branded make.
E Thermal /wicking tops x 3 (mix of short and long sleeve).
O Thermal leggings – great to wear under your mountain trousers on summit day or as cosy pyjamas in your sleeping bag.
E Trekking trousers x 2 pairs (ideal to have a thicker mountain pair and a lightweight trekking pair. You might like to consider some of the trousers that allow you to zip the legs off to turn them into shorts.
E Underwear – You can wash them along the way so you don’t need too many sets. We suggest 3 or 4 will be enough.
O Shorts – these should be loose fitting and not too short. Please also see the note about trekking trousers above.
O T-shirts – a couple of cotton T’s for general wear.
E Good quality trekking socks x 3 pairs. You really do get what you pay for with trekking socks and they make a huge difference to your comfort. Look for models by Smartwool or Bridgedale.
E Liner socks x 3 pairs. These are a lightweight sock that should be worn under your trekking socks. They will help prevent rubbing and really improve your comfort. Bridgedale make great ones.
E Light gloves (depends on circulation as to how thick they should be)
E Mountain gloves (preferred to mitts for dexterity but depends on circulation)
E Powerstretch Balaclava or a neck warmer / buff (this probably gives better versatility as it can be used in conjunction with a beanie to give multiple options.
E Sunhat - baseball style hats are not so good as they offer no ear protection from the sun. The best ones are the wide brimmed models you’ll see in camping shops.
E 2 x 1L Water bottles. Nalgene brand are brilliant. You might also favour a hydration bladder (like Camelbaks). We’ll talk about the pros and cons of each option at training.
E 3/4 season sleeping bag and compression storage sack
E Karrimat or Thermarest (repair kit required if using Thermarest). We’ll discuss these at training.
E Headtorch and spare batteries. LED preferred due to excellent battery life, no spare bulbs required and very light weight.
E Sunglasses – good quality glasses rated to at least category 3 are vital.
E Sunglasses hard case
E Sun cream - Factor 50 or above. (Small tubes preferred for the mountain)
E Lip salve with SPF
E Toiletries – you can buy most things cheaply once in country so don’t bring too much of each thing
E Small personal 1st aid kit. We will have a comprehensive first aid kit but please bring along a small personal kit with plasters, blister patches (Compeed are great), paracetamol, throat lozenges (your throat can get very sore at altitude), re-hydration salts and some immodium.
E Other personal medication
O Travel wash – a small bottle of multipurpose travel wash will help you keep your clothes clean.
O Foot powder – helps to keep feet dry and fresh.
O Wet wipes – for a quick clean up when you can’t get to a water source!
E Antibacterial hand gel – essential for preventing the spread of germs. We’ll discuss its use at training.
O Penknife / multitool – best to have a few that can be shared between the team. You’ll be amazed how many little jobs you need them for.
E Watch with alarm
O Trekking Poles (optional – but really useful) – Black Diamond Flicklock are definitely the best option
O MP3 player – it’s nice to have some music to while away the time on long journeys.
O Camera and spare memory cards + Spare camera battery – you need the evidence to show you got to the summit!
O Waterproof rucksack liner or drybags to use inside your rucksack (we can lend you some if needed)
O Reading book – it’s a great idea for the team to co-ordinate the books they are bringing so there is plenty of chance to keep swapping them around.
O Journal – it’s nice to keep a record of your adventure. We’ll provide a team journal which can be filled in as we go too.
O Pen – you can never have enough pens!
E Kitbag for portering (90L) – the best way to get your equipment carried on the trek is to use a duffel style bag. They are simple, durable and relatively inexpensive. We’ll discuss these during our training.
E Small padlock that fits kitbag zippers
Personal Mountain Equipment
E Plastic boots or a supportive B2 boot – These can usually be hired. We’ll discuss them during training.
E Gaiters (must be wide enough at the ankle to fit over your plastic boots). They are very useful for keeping snow out of your boots.
P Crampons – We can lend you some of these.
P Ice axe – We can lend this to you.
P Helmet – we’ll lend this to you.
P Harness – We’ll lend this to you.