Kit List

What to bring with you for your day on the hill? Bring too little and you might get caught out by the unexpected; bring too much, and you’re weighed down with unnecessary gear. You are always advised to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances, and fortunately, modern gear can be pretty lightweight. If you have any doubts, our members can advise on what is worth bringing and what can be left behind.

The following kit list is based on recommendations by Mountaineering Scotland and Whilst much of it is self-explanatory, you must make sure that you know how to use items like a compass, and the specialised winter gear such as ice axe and crampons. There’s no point in carrying things with you if you don’t know how to use them! Again, our members will happily help you if in doubt.


Summer hillwalking

  • Boots (with ankle support and soles which will grip on rock, grass and mud)

  • Waterproof jacket (with hood)

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Thermal top

  • Fleece top

  • Gaiters (not always essential)

  • Warm hat

  • Gloves or mitts

  • Spare layer e.g. fleece top

  • Compass

  • Map (waterproof or in waterproof case)

  • Watch

  • Torch (preferably a headtorch)

  • Food & Drink

  • Emergency survival bag (polythene is OK)

  • Whistle

  • First Aid Kit (small)

  • Mobile phone (not essential but if you have one then make sure that it's fully charged, and take it)


In sunny weather (more common than you might think!)

  • Sunhat

  • Sun cream

  • Sunglasses


In the midge season (May to September)

  • Midge repellant

  • Midge net


Winter (in addition to the above) - not always needed, but when you need them you'll be glad of them!

  • Boots for winter need to be stiff soled

  • Ice axe

  • Crampons

  • Waterproof gloves or mitts

  • Goggles