With careful planning we can ensure we are minimising our risk in the outdoors.


Please ensure your equipment is light but efficient with the necessary essentials required. Most items you will find in your wardrobe or you can borrow from friends. Please do check your own kit prior to arrival, your kit may be checked by your leader incase additional items are required.

  • Suitable footwear for mountain terrain
  • Walking poles
  • Head TorchEnsure your head torch is fully charged with extra batteries.
  • Backpack
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Any personal medication along with instructions
  • Baselayers
  • Mid-layer Fleece Top
  • Insulated layerA synthetic or down jacket is ideal.
  • Softshell Walking Trousers
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Gloves, neck and ear buff


  • Clothing to walk into the mountain terrain
  • Flexible clothing or sportwear
  • Any personal medication along with instructions
  • Trainers or something good for climbingThe best shoes for climbing are specific rock climbing shoes, if you have these then great! Bring them. If not trainers are good and even school style pumps.


Please ensure you have all of the relevant items on the kit list. We will discuss winter kit during your course and how to pack your bag efficiently for winter.

You can easily rent equipment from Ellis Brigham in Fort William. For boots, crampons and walking axe it’s around £42 for two days. Full details will be provided when booking. I have helmets you can borrow for the duration of the course.

  • Winter Mountaineering BootsB1 or B2
  • Crampons C1 or C2
  • Walking Ice AxeT rated shaft, about 55cm.
  • HelmetEnsuring your hat / ear buff fits underneath.
  • Walking Poles
  • Goggles & SunglassesAnti fog goggles, not too dark a lens.
  • Head TorchEnsure your head torch is fully charged and have a spare head torch just incase.
  • Mountaineering Rackpack35L plus, and preferable one that can hold an ice axe
  • Dry bags / CaseTo protect your kit from the elements.
  • Insulated Flask 500L
  • Waterbottle / Lunch / SnacksIdeally 1L nalgene bottle and quick eating items.
  • Any personal medication along with instructions
  • Clothing Wear
  • BaselayersThermal top and trousers.
  • Mid-layer Fleece Top
  • Insulated Layer TopIdeally a synthetic.
  • Softshell Walking Trousers
  • Waterproof Jacket - HardshellWith climbers hood that fits over your helmet.
  • Waterproof Trousers - Hardshell
  • 2 x Pairs of Winter Waterproof Gloves
  • Hat / Head Buff / Neck BuffA hat for under the helmet, no bobble hats
  • GaitorsFor walking around in deep snow
  • For Winter Navigation you will also require the following:
  • Maps 1:25 / 1:50Waterproof or with waterproof case. We will advice on which areas.
  • Compass Silva 4 or similar
  • Watch with stop watch for navigation
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