Our Multi Day Mountain Treks provide all of your essential wildcamping equipment and food (see What do we provide?), but you will need to provide your personal items including the items listed below. This is to ensure your trek is comfortable but most importantly, safe.
For multi-day trekking you will need the following:
Full set of water proofs:
These should include a mountain jacket with a storm hood and water proof trousers that can preferably be put on without taking your boots off. It is crucial that your waterproofs are waterproof and windproof! Test them by standing under the shower!
Three season walking boots:
Importantly these should be waterproof, support your ankle, and have a vibram sole with good grip on both rock and vegetation. Make sure your boots fit correctly and are well worn in prior to your trek.
Hat and gloves:
Mountain weather is notoriously fickle. Potentially one moment like a hot summer’s day, the next like midwinter. Make sure you pack hat and gloves that are warm, windproof and, if possible, waterproof. A light weight sun hat, which will stay on in the wind, is also a good idea.
Short sleeve wicking T shirt – Merino wool or synthetic material. Not cotton.
Long sleeve wicking T shirt – Merino wool or synthetic material. Not cotton.
Additional warm layer:
Fleece and/or a lightweight duvet jacket…down or synthetic
High wicking and not cotton. Some people prefer shorts over leggings.
Carry a spare pair. Also consider a waterproof pair of socks such as SealSkins.
Pack a spare set for longer treks.
An additional long sleeve thermal top and leggings. Merino is excellent and usually very light. These items can double up as additional layers when walking on cold days.
Personal first aid kit:
This is for your personal medication only. We will carry the rest – plasters, blister treatment, painkillers etc.
Light weight trekking sandals or Crocs:
Extremely useful for river crossings and giving your feet a rest from your boots at bivouac sites.
Guaranteed to take weight off your knees, give additional purchase and power going up hills, and provide balance on tricky descents.
Unless you are an avid photographer who needs a multitude of lenses, a lightweight compact would be the best choice. Remember… whatever you bring you have to carry!
Book or tablet. Some tablets double up as cameras, are lightweight and hold a charge for a long period, as well as providing a range of reading material and facility to keep a diary/blog of your adventure. The best option is to put all your reading material on Kindle and have this as an App on your Smart phone.
Only if you are desperate to maintain connection with the outside world. However, be aware that many areas we trek in have no mobile signal coverage. On the plus side many mobiles can also double up as a camera and can hold your reading material. You might want to consider an additional power pack.
Where can you buy the gear you need?
If you need to purchase gear before 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 already in Aviemore or Braemar, we can recommend Cairngorm/Braemar Mountain Sports where the staff will help to ensure you are appropriately clothed for the conditions of the Cairngorms.