We provide all you will need for your Multi-Day Cairngorm Trek except for your clothes, waterproof jackets, trousers, boots and very personal items. Please see What do you need? for more details for Single and Multi-Day treks.
For Multi Day treks we provide the following:
High quality lightweight four season tents:
This year we will be using the new lightweight single person MSR Access 1 [1.37 kg] and two person MSR Access 2 [1.64 kg] tents. These are extremely robust, warm and spacious tents compared to others, and are the lightest 4 season tent on the market. These are new to the UK for 2017 and are a revolution in lightweight four season wild camping and include the nearly unbreakable Easton Sylcone pole systems. By using this top of the range four season tent we are able to camp confidently in higher and more isolated and exposed mountain areas. Each tent comes with an additional footprint [groundsheet] and gear loft for storing your personal gear. The advantage for couples using the two person version is that each person has their own entrance and vestibule and each person carries less when the load is split. These tents can also be used purely as a tarp for more ‘al fresco’ camping experiences and go well with our Thermarest Antares 3 Season down sleeping bags and Thermarest NeoAir Xlite sleeping mats.
Down sleeping bag:
Our preferred bag this year is the three season Thermarest Antares with 750 quality down fill. Light [890g], comfortable and very warm. These bags also have a water resistant Hydrophobic outer and inner lining as well as Nixwax Hydrophobic down. This makes them more durable in damp conditions and, with their extra warmth, for camping above 1000 metres and for early Spring and late Autumn wild camping. They also have a ThermACapture lining which reflects body heat back into the inside of the bag, boosting warmth. Their Synergy Link system holds the bag onto your NeoAir Xlite sleeping mat. These bags are great for a comfortable nights sleep whether in a tent, under a tarp or, on those balmy nights, completely under the stars. We also provide silk sleeping bag liners for extra comfort and hygiene.
High quality sleeping mats:
Our choice is the Thermarest NeoAir Xlite. This is super light [340g], has good insulation and is extremely comfortable to sleep on. The nearest thing you will get to your home sleeping comforts. They are also ideal for linking with our Antares Thermarest down sleeping bags.
An iconic Thermarest product, their down pillow is compact and lightweight [113g] giving luxurious comfort on the go. Updated with 650 Nixwax Hydrophobic Down and a larger cinchable area to stuff unused clothing for enhanced loft.
Lightweight trekking rucksack:
We have rigorously tested the Deuter ACT Lite sacks [50 + 10 for men (1.73 kg) and the 45 + 10 SL (1.69 kg) versions for women] and they will be the ones we will use again this year, with an updated model. Light, comfortable, easy to adjust to differing back lengths, robust and packed full of features, they are the ideal size for lightweight trekking adventures.
Cooking stoves, pans and gas:
This year we are using the ultimate stoves – The MSR Reactor and the MSR Windburners. Unlike other stoves these work in ALL weather conditions, including very cold temperatures, and uses the least amount of gas for boiling a litre of water than any other stoves on the market. This means less gas has to carried. We also occasionally use the tried and tested Trangia stove with gas adapter. This system is light, robust, efficient, easy to use, clean, performs well in windy conditions and is one of the safest options for using in wild camping environments. We will also provide you with a collapsible lightweight eating/drinking bowl and a spork.
Water treatment systems:
All water from rivers, streams and lochs needs treating no matter how clean it looks. It is a myth that mountain water sources in the UK are safe to drink as animals are present in all areas. Each trekker will be given a water filter bottle system so that water can be treated on the go from source to source, reducing the amount of weight carried. This year we are using Water-to-Go as our supplier. Additionally, water purification tablets [chlorine] and neutraliser tablets might be provided. Boiling and UV purification systems will also be used so that you have a full understanding of the range of ways to get safe drinking water whilst out in the hills.
All food and drink for your trek will be provided. Trekking burns a significant amount of energy – typically up to 4000 calories a day. Accordingly, provided food will be based on lightweight and highly calorific dried foods such as muesli, dried fruit and nuts, commercial expedition dried meals, pasta, rice, multi grain snacks and hot drinks – chocolate, coffee, tea etc. Dietary requirements will be discussed on an individual basis and we look to cater for all needs. On longer multi day treks there will be restocking points on route so that carried weight is reduced.
Urination and defecation are wholly normal bodily functions but can be the greatest worry and embarrassment for some of our trekkers. We provide small latrine trowels and biogradable toilet paper so that all human waste is dealt with in an environmentally correct way and is buried appropriately. Advice will be given on suitable toileting sites. SheWees can also be provided for women on request. Mountain streams and lakes are a great, if somewhat invigorating, way of keeping clean but ordinary soap cannot be used in these situations. Accordingly, each trekking group carries a collapsible bowl for washing in with supplies of biodegradable soap. We also provide wet wipes for your convenience. These are non biodegradable and will need carrying out with your other rubbish.
Other items we provide are:
Where can you buy the gear we use?
If you are interested in purchasing your own gear before or after a trek, we can help advise and guide dependent on your requirements. We highly recommend Ultralight Outdoor Gear as an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for all equipment needs. If you are in Aviemore or Braemar and are needing outdoor clothing prior to one of our treks, we recommend Cairngorm/Braemar Mountain Sports where the staff can help to ensure you are appropriately clothed for the conditions of the Cairngorms.
NB: The make of certain items used may vary subject to availability. We pride ourselves on keeping our gear up to date and in excellent condition. As such we usually sell our equipment on every 2 years at least. Please look at our online shop for any used items currently for sale.