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Equipment


No-one should set foot on the mountains of the British Isles without being properly equipped. On a warm summer's day in the valley it is all too easy to believe that a tee shirt and shorts is all you need, but the weather on our mountains is notoriously fickle and every year people get into difficulties simply because they did not have the necessary equipment for the weather conditions. Don't let it happen to you!

Even on the best of Summer days you will need the following:

Boots

On warm dry days these can be lightweight boots or low cut approach shoes (provided you are used to walking on rugged terrain in this style of shoe) but on days where rain is forecast it would be best to wear sturdy waterproof boots. It is best if the Three Peaks is not the first place you ever wear these boots. Try them out for comfort on easier hikes first.

Layers

Layers is the guiding word for how you adjust your temperature to be just right for all conditions. Don't be tempted to take just one big jacket but consider several thinner layers starting with a base layer of synthetic 'wicking' material. Over this wear a shirt and then a fleece or fibre pile jacket. On your legs don't wear heavy cotton such as jeans which will soak up any water and sap your warmth. Choose lighter quick drying synthetics.

Jacket

A windproof and waterproof jacket which is made with a breathable material such as Goretex. One of the biggest dangers on these mountains is the effect of wind. Even when the ambient temperature is not very low, a persistent wind of just 10 or 15 mph can quickly take effective temperatures below freezing and a windproof barrier is absolutely essential.

Trousers

Windproof and waterproof overtrousers or rain pants are also essential. Preferably these should also be made of a breathable material. They are not just for rain but will come into use in windy conditions too.

Hat

A warm hat that can cover your ears is a definite must have also.

Gloves

A good pair of gloves preferably with a waterproof outer shell should be in your daypack even on the warmest of days in the valley.

Map and Compass

A map and compass are essential items of safety equipment and you should never go into the hills without these and of course the skills to use them.


With good preparation you will enjoy the mountains in any conditions. Without it you could become another statistic in the log book of one of the rescue teams that every year has to bring down cold, tired or injured hikers from the fells of the Lake District.



Checklist

  • Essential
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Waterproof over trousers
    • Jacket or fleece
    • Spare fleece or warm sweater
    • Warm hat/sun hat and gloves
    • Sunglasses
    • Suncream/insect repellent
    • Hot/cold drinks (min.1 litre)
    • Walking boots (2/3 season)
    • Comfortable walking socks
    • Gaiters
    • Rucksack (up to 35 litres)
    • Compass/map
  • Optional
    • Walking poles
    • Camera
    • Binoculars