Essentials to bring with you:

  • A rucksack
  • Some sturdy hiking boots (and a spare pair of shoes is always a good idea – there are usually plenty of bogs to soak your boots)
  • A head torch – Don’t get caught out on a walk that lasts longer than expected (trust me these are invaluable… bring two if you can!)
  • A sleeping bag
  • A sleeping mat (it is possible to sleep on a hall floor without one but many weeks of this may lead to grumpiness and mysterious bruises)
  • Spare clothes and cosy layers (thermals, fleeces, etc.)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Gloves
  • Food! – we usually stop en route for dinner on a Friday night but bring something to eat on the Saturday night, a couple of days’ worth of lunches, and plenty of snacks (salted nuts and satsumas make for particularly excellent choices)
  • A water bottle

Optional extras (to make your life just a little easier!):

  • Gaiters (absolute lifesavers – a worthwhile investment)
  • A bobble hat (not many items of clothing make you look this stylish whilst also keeping you so cosy)
  • A map of the area, waterproof map case, and compass (there will be experienced members leading many walks but it is always good to know where you are!)
  • A camera (take some great shots to show off to your friends and family or to send to the journal sec to be included in one of our issues 😉 – you may even be featured on our instagram)
  • First aid kit
  • Munro book

Things you can borrow from the club:

We appreciate it isn’t always easy to get a hold of some of the more expensive items of gear, especially as students. Therefore the club has a stash of things available to borrow. Many of these things will be brought to the meets and other things can be borrowed individually by contacting the Gear Sec.

Items we currently have are:

  • Winter boots (in limited sizes)
  • Ice axes (Mainly walking axes)
  • Crampons
  • Skis
  • Ski boots (in limited sizes)
  • Ski skins
  • Ski helmets
  • Climbing shoes (in limited sizes)
  • Climbing harnesses

For more information on what to bring and what can be borrowed please contact the gear sec, or chat to a member of committee in Dram!