Taking on a challenge such as Snowdon or the Jurassic Coast Challenge can seem fairly simple but they require a lot of kit. You need to be prepared for a challenge and ready for all types of weather, the conditions can change in a second and you need to be prepared!
This is your guide to everything you need for a walking challenge…..!!!
- Walking Shoes – these are the most important your shoes need to be strong and sturdy protecting your ankles and helping you to comfortably complete your challenge. Go to an outdoor shop and try your boots on they need to fit perfectly and everyone is different!
- Walking Socks – if you have spent time and money on finding the perfect shoe you don’t want to ruin it by not getting the perfect sock. They need to be specifically walking socks and fit well alongside your walking shoe!
- Sports Leggings or Trousers – you don’t want to wear cotton trousers or jeans as these will get wet and heavy if it rains and also don’t allow your legs to breath if it is hot so best to buy specific walking leggings or trousers
- Thermal Top – this is a base layer and helps to keep your core temperature up, it should be a purpose made thermal underlay so that it is not made out of cotton and will allow your body to breath
- Sweatshirt or Fleece – You need to have layers, the weather at the start may not be the same weather at the end so have warm layers to be able to put on throughout
- Waterproof Jacket – you need a lightweight but waterproof jacket this can be great for in the rain but also the wind, you can roll it up and put it in your bag so it is there ready for if you need it
- Waterproof Trousers – these can be a saving grace in a huge rainstorm and especially climbing up a mountain you don’t know what the weather may through at you so being able to put them on and keep your legs warm and dry can help
- Hat – hypothermia can be a huge issue so be prepared, if walking in the summer this may be less needed but you can never be sure, if walking in winter then this is essential and you should be buying a high quality warm hat
- Gloves – gloves can be important whatever the weather, you can just buy lightweight gloves to help grip your walking poles and keep the chill off or in the winter you will need thick thermal gloves to help keep your hands warm on the walk
- Walking Poles – these are not a necessity but especially walking up a mountain like Snowdon it is essential as there are some steep sections and using a walking pole can be a great help to make your walk easier
- Back pack – you need to have a big enough bag to fit everything in you want to take on your walk plus all the layers you don’t want to wear. You will need it to also be waterproof to keep all of your contents dry while on the walk