Spring- autumn kit list UK/ Western European conditions


This may seem a lot but carrying the right kit is essential to your comfort and potential survival, every year mountain rescue are called out to people in the UK Mountains who are in danger because they are not properly equipped. Don’t underestimate UK mountain weather it can change very quickly be prepared.

Weight of equipment is important often a slightly lighter piece of equipment is more costly and any savings in weight really add up. Most of the kit companies listed will give weights for any kit on sale. As a general rule your backpack should not be more than 1/3 your body weight. If you are over weight this does mean you can carry more! Military personnel often carry half their own body weight or more but they are trained for this!

Remember check your kit before setting out! You may have forgotten something or a piece of equipment might need repair, cleaning or even new batteries!