Hill Walking Equipment
This page provides general information on the basic equipment, including advice on what to go for and what to avoid. Smaller, more specific equipment lists are given in each challenge section.
The most important part of your equipment for these challenges is certainly what you wear on your feet. To some this is obvious, but a surprising number of people hiking wear trainers. If you are considering the Falkland Islands 3 Peaks challenge, you need good solid walking boots.
Proper walking boots tend to be quite expensive which might put some people off, but they last for a long time if you take care of them. Boots that fit correctly will not give you blisters, and should remain comfortable after hours of continuous use.
Almost as important as your walking boots, is the socks that you wear inside them. Many have a habit of wearing one pair of socks covered by a larger pair, to prevent blisters. As long as the walking boots being worn fit correctly, a single pair of walking socks should be perfectly comfortable.
Provided the boots fit correctly, a pair of walking socks will be infinitely more comfortable and should prevent any blisters. A pair of specially designed walking socks will be very thick, with towelling on the inside, and a smooth outer layer. Also take a spare pair with you up the mountain - if your socks should get wet, they'll become uncomfortable to walk in.
Depending on what part of the 3 Peak challenge you are going to attempt you need to consider the backpack or bergen you will be utilising to not only carry the weight but to provide comfort during the challenge. A hydration pack can be particularly useful - with a built in water bladder and straw over the shoulder, generally with space to carry some kit and food.
Possible emergency situations should be considered and planned for, and certain kit should always be taken on a long distance hike, walk or endurance challenge - everyone in the group should know how to use the equipment.
- Map, even if you know the area well
- First Aid kit
- Survival blanket
- Mobile phone
- Optionally: Walking poles, if not already using them, to help with a sprained ankle
Marshall's will be situated throughout the course to provide refreshments and will hold first aid equipment for those minor injuries. There will be support in place if a walker if required to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
Varying greatly depending on the walkers preferences and the challenge being undertaken, it is impossible to sum up clothing. Generally, most scenarios would call for lightweight walking trousers, certainly not jeans, and perhaps a breathable sports top.
Depending how serious you are, you may consider a sports compression top - a tight first layer to help protect against the elements. This can actually be your only layer if the weather's reasonable. A compression top will also dry quickly and not get in the way. You'll also look very sporty.
You might consider thin running gloves if you're walking in the cold, or at night. These will help keep your whole body warm, so your energy can focus on other things. A hat of the same type might be useful.