First and foremost - boots - this is the hardest and most important thing to get right. I’ve gone through a few brands to get to my favourite pair…
[note these brands are suitable for me: and are just to give you a guide to help you find what is suitable for you!
Decathlon & Go Outdoors offer low price brands to start out. I bought low end priced gear when I started and upgraded at a later date]
So, without further ado!
I look for
online approx £100.00
Adidas TERREX Gore Tex AX3 Trail shoes, great for the warmer weather or for when you don’t need the ankle support from a boot. Continental grip sole.
online approx £70
These are incredibly well made shoes, and very comfortable, fantastic grip and hard wearing. I’ve put these in the washing machine and they’re still looking brand new. I’m very impressed with these as I underestimated them.
OSPREY backpack - no complaints. Perfect for hiking.
Rook 50 - great when you’re carrying more kit for camping
go outdoors approx £120
Hikelite 18 for day hiking.
go outdoors approx £70
I have the osprey ‘CAMEL BACK’ / hydration pack/ water bladder for water which fits in with the osprey bag perfectly. These are so handy when hiking saving you stopping and taking off your backpack etc.
go outdoors approx £30
The above mentioned is what you want to get first really, then move on to the finer details! Which I’ll continue…
Trekmates waterproof phone pouch
go outdoors approx £10
…additional to your boots for the winter, spikes are handy, these can be easily put over your hiking boots to allow extra grip on ice and snow on the mountains.
online approx £20.00
[Crampons - if you have high spec mountaineering boots.]
Retractable walking poles - these come in handy when descending if your knees are tired.
online approx £25.00
Head torch - forklaz - nothing fancy but it does the job! Cheap in comparison to all others.
Socks - sealskins waterproof or any anti blister moisture wicking socks or alpaca wool socks
Gloves - touchscreen tip
dope snow approx £25
Jetboil / cooking system - other brands available
go outdoors approx £100 / from £50
Portable battery power bank - online approx £40
Whistle - sports direct
Compass - sports direct
Pen knife - online approx £10
First aid kit - online approx £10
with additional blister plasters as they are the best. I’ve never needed them since my KEEN boots but always good to have.
W I L D C A M P
- Sleeping bag
- Foam roll
W I L D S W I M / paddle boarding
- Dry bag approx £15 [amazon]
- Swimsuit / Wetsuit approx £50 [I have free spirit wet suit from go outdoors]
- Water shoes approx £20 [I have Free spirit from go outdoors]