Essentials for a Trekkers Rucksack
You have your trekking boots, your training walks are increasing and everything is going to plan for your challenge so what could be next on the list….. Your Rucksack!
Training with your rucksack is very important as it may feel different to when you first tried it on. The straps may rub or it may cause you some discomfort once weight is added. Weight – now this is a good point; don’t be like me and carry unnecessary items such as suntan cream and sunglasses for a mountain when you are climbing it at night!!
Our kit list will inform you of everything you will need specific for your challenge however here are a few general essentials not to forget (in no order of preference):
1) Hats, Gloves, Scarf – Make sure these are packed (if not already wearing) and to hand as the temperature on the mountain can get cold and reasonably quickly.
2) Suntan Cream and Glasses – Except for any mountains walked at night, these are important as you could be out in the sun’s rays for several hours.
3) Food – High energy snacks are ideal to keep your energy levels up.
4) Water – Whether you prefer bottles or a Camelbak, keeping hydrated is essential whilst on the mountain.
5) Camera/Camera Phone – Capturing your adventure and the scenery is a must. We will set up a WhatsApp group amongst the participants (with approval from each person first) so that everyone can share their pictures.
6) Waterproofs – If you are not needing them at the start of the mountain, you may need them by the end!
7) Warm Clothing – Depending on the weather you may not want to start in a jumper / jacket. That said, it is always a good idea to layer up and therefore just because you are not wearing them at the beginning, take them in the rucksack as a precaution. You can take layers off but you will not be able to add them if you didn’t pack them!
8) Head Torch and Spare Batteries – If you are walking at night, you will need a good torch!
9) Mini First Aid Kit and Blister Plasters – Our team will carry a First Aid Kit however it is always handy to have items such as plasters and painkillers with you. Blister plasters are highly recommended as they could help you continue with the challenge should your feet be affected.
10) Walking Poles – Although directly not in the bag, if your rucksack is fitted with a section to attach poles to, this could be beneficial for you if need to hook up your poles at any time.
These points do not cover everything specific to your challenge however it will provide you with a starting basis. Training with a packed rucksack will help you prepare for the weight you will be expecting to carry round with you. Although the lighter the better, it is imperative you have with you everything you will need as conditions on the mountain can change and you need to be ready for all seasons!