UK Mountaineering

Equipment List for UK Scrambling & Mountaineering Courses – In Summer Conditions


  • 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.

Personal Items

  • 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
  • Cash

Skye Ridge traverses – or other courses with a bivi

  • 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

  • Rope
  • Scrambling / climbing protection hardware
  • Group Shelter
  • Map / Compass

For overnight traverses / bivis

  • Cooking Stove, pots and fuel
  • Lighter / Matches

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