Hill Walking Essential Kit


Hill Walking Essential Kit


For a hill walking trip to the mountains, even popular mountains, means that you have to take certain kit with you for your safety


Hill Walking Essential Kit 

Essential Items

A one page summary of the essential items that you should take for a safe and enjoyable day in the hills.

 

Essential Items

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Water Carrier

Obviously you need water, so you need something in which to carry it in the required quantity for the day's walk. Be mindful of quantity of water required, given the route and weather forecast (heat in particular). Whilst a 'bottled water' bottle is fine for the hills, a more robust 'outdoor' one will not split.
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Map

Always take an Ordnance Survey, Harvey's or BMC map with you. Always. Simple. 
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Map case Having a map is one thing, but making sure that it remains legible and with you all day is another issue. Maps turn to pult when wet, and blow away if not fastened to you. A map case solves these issues.
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Compass  A compass will assist with your navigation and help you know whether you are travelling in the right direction.
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Head torch You may not intend to come down in the dark, but circumstances could mean that on occasion you have to. Mountain Rescue teams are called out far too often because people cannot see where they are going. Even in summer, always take a torch.
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Survival bag If you have to stop and await rescue, your survival bag will stop your body from losing heat by convection, and keep the rain off you. Everyone in the party should have their own survival bag.
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Whistle The most basic form of calling for help, cost next to nothing, but could save your life. Always take one.
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Emergency comms device If you need to call for help, how will you do it? A mobile phone is an obvious choice, as is a whistle. However, sometimes there will be no mobile signal, and no one around to hear your whistles. Consider alternative means of communication in an emergency.
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Watch Having planned out your route you need to keep track of whether you are on target, and whether your EPOC is about to call for help if you are delayed.
There's little more to know on this one, but click here if you'd like to read the page anyway!

First aid kit A basic first aid kit will help you deal with minor injuries, including blisters. Carry at least one within the group.
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Rucksack An obvious one; something to keep your stuff in. 
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Sunglasses Take care of your eyes and always take sunglasses. This is especially important when there's snow on the ground, as harmful UV light is reflected off the snow surface, even on overcast days.
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