The summit of a mountain can be very rough terrain, consisting of boulders and crevices, make sure your walking boots have a sturdy sole, so you can’t feel the small rocks as you walk over them. The boot should be high enough that it covers and supports all of the ankle joint, to avoid a painful twist if you accidentally misplace your footing. A good rugged grip to cope with smooth wet stones. We also recommend that you have walked in your boots for at least a week, so they have had time to adjust to your feet, the slightest discomfort will be magnified many times, over the ten-mile walk.
Windchill and rain can take their toll during a climb, so it is essential so have a good quality, breathable waterproof jacket and trousers. When not required, lightweight waterproofs can always be packed in your rucksack without taking up too much space.
There could easily be a bitter wind chill at the summit, which makes wearing several thin layers, that can be removed (depending on weather and time of year), with a warm jumper carried in the rucksack for extra warmth.
Avoid jeans, which are terrible for chafing, and become heavy and clingy when wet, which can quickly lead to hypothermia.
Thick walking socks will prevent blisters at the back of the foot, and/or gel insoles will help cushion the soles of your feet.
You’re going to need a rucksack to carry things with you, we recommend a minimum capacity of 25 litres. If at all possible, try it on before you buy it, and fill it with around the same weight and volume that you’ll be carrying to the summit. When packing your rucksack, put items you are less likely to need at the bottom, food that you are likely to consume should be near the top, and take extra carrier bags with to safely store wet items, or to double wrap drinks.
Food and Drink
Physical activity burns a lot of calories. So you’ll need food (high energy snacks as well as sandwiches) to maintain energy levels, as well as plenty to drink to keep you properly hydrated. Some people just take water, whilst others prefer one of the many Sports Energy Drinks available. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to take plenty of it.
Having a mobile with you makes sense as it enables you to take pictures, use it as a torch, call for help in an emergency, or just to let family and friends know if you are simply running a little over-schedule. However, on no account should you ever rely on a mobile phone for navigating or even making calls, the phone signal might be non-existent, and their GPS accuracy is often unreliable. If you drop and break the phone, or it gets soaked by rain – then you’re in trouble. Take one with you, but DON’T rely on it.
If you’re taking a phone take a power bank with a rechargeable cable.
We recommend taking a good Quality Compass, along with an Ordnance Survey Map with a scale of at least 1:25000, inside a Waterproof Plastic Pocket to practice your map reading skills. A Whistle should you need to summon help and a travel First Aid Kit.