Hursley HWC: suggested kit to take on trips
If you haven't been on a trip with us before, or you aren't sure
what technical equipment you will need, you should consult this list
before packing! It may sound fussy, but having the wrong kit on
the hill can make the difference between a fun day out and being cold,
wet and miserable! (I speak from experience here...) Decent
kit does cost, but it is worth getting hold of, particularly for winter
trips where it's more critical. For some of the high winter
walks, you just won't be able to take part unless you have the right
If you work for IBM, don't forget that the IBM employee discount
scheme (Bringme) gets you 20% off at Cotswold Outdoor, which makes the
shopping slightly less painful.
As we normally stay in Youth Hostels, you may need a few more things
than if you were staying in a B&B. For example:
- Nightwear - if you are in a Dorm, the toilet may be down the
- Wash kit & towel
- Food to make packed lunches, if you want to - although you can
sometimes buy made-up packed lunches from the hostel
- Wine or beer to go with your evening meals - unless the hostel
has a table license, in which case you can't bring your own (recent
Finally - if you aren't sure what you need for a particular trip,
have a chat with the organiser who may be able to advise you.
There is some advice in two books in the club library - "The
Hillwalker's Manual" and "The Hillwalker's Guide to Mountaineering"
(both published by Cicerone).
Kit for Winter trips
This assumes a 4/5 day walking trip :- (this might sound a lot but if
the weather is foul, you may need it, if it’s good you won’t need it
all , but it is better to have more than you need than less)
- Good waterproof jacket - (not a lightweight kagool - this won’t
do any good in winter conditions)
- Good waterproof over trousers - preferably you should be able to
them on and off over boots, not nice having to take your boots off in
the rain to put over trousers on ;-)
- Gaiters - very useful items
- Good walking boots. Make sure they are waterproof! A
stiff sole is required - you can choose leather or fabric but leather
is best for winter conditions.
- At least two pairs of gloves or mitts, one lightweight, one
- consider having an extra pair to change into if one pair gets cold
Other walking equipment
- Layered clothing for your top half, preferably something that
well, and doesn’t feel cold and clammy when you sweat into it and then
stand still for a while.
- Several thin layers are better than one
thick one since they allow for temperature adjustment. It's a good idea
to start with a good wicking vest/layer then add a thin fleece or thin
jumper and then a thicker fleece or another jumper.
- Duvet jackets are
warm but not as versatile and tend to take up most of a rucksack when
not being worn!
- Thermal base layer - if you want them
- Fleece jacket or similar
- Trousers for walking, NOT JEANS or heavyweight cotton - if it
gets wet, it stays wet, cold and very heavy
- not a good idea. Stick to something lighter, if you have
windproof/shower proof trousers they are ideal, otherwise loose-fitting
trousers, stretchy leggings or tracksuit bottoms are all adequate for
winter walking. Thermal long johns or thick tights could be worn
- Scarf or neck warmer if you use them when it’s cold
- Socks - at least one pair of walking socks for each day - and a
pair in case you need them (again if you get very wet feet - something
to change into in needed)
- Day rucksack to carry clothing you need but are not wearing, food
the day, drink etc. For winter use you need a minimum of about 35
litres but not more than 50. Large rucksacks have a tendency to
- Waterproof liner for your rucksack - heavyweight plastic bag/
bag will do, no good having dry clothes if they get wet in your bag
when you are carrying them around - and believe me all rucksacks will
let in water somewhere !
- Walking poles if you use them
- First aid stuff - we have some club kit but if you are prone to
blisters, bring something to treat/cover those
- Water bottle, flask for hot drink, something to carry your food
- Sunglasses or ski goggles (you never know :-) )
- Sun cream or sun stick - especially if snow is forecast
- Compass and map case - the club has a few, but bring your own if
you prefer. Map cases need to be waterproof! Ortlieb make
Kit for Summer trips
Summer trips tend to be shorter, and the walking easier. However
it is still worth checking your kit before you leave.
You should still carry a waterproof shell (top and trousers) but
doesn't have a be a heavy one.
Boots - don't go out hillwalking in trekking sandals, stubbed toes hurt
and don't protect against nettles!
Other walking equipment
Rucksack - doesn't have to be as big as a winter one, 20-30 litres is
Waterproof liner for above - it rains in summer too!
Walking poles if desired
Personal First aid kit - especially for blisters
Sun Cream - vital
Sun Hat - also very handy