Walking Gear Requirements
The weather on the mountains can be very unpredictable and can change quickly. As you ascend the hills the temperature will drop. It is not uncommon for it to be warm in the valley at the beginning of a walk and to encounter snow at the summit. Therefore it is essential to be kitted out properly for all weather conditions.
Essential Gear you cannot walk without.
While on an Introductory Walk.
Waterproof Hiking Boots.
Walking Pants - (Not denim)
Two top layers- Fleece & T-Shirt.
Rucksack with shoulder straps.
Packed lunch and fluids.
Extra food in case of delays on the hills.
After completing one walk and all subsequent walks:
All the above plus:
Small first aid kit.
Optional Extras which can greatly add to comfort:
Gaiters for extra water barrier and to protect your leggings & pants.
Foam mat for sitting on.
Flask for warm drinks.
Extra layer to put on while stopped in cold weather. eg at lunch time.
Essentially there are four levels of walks which are we use in this club. Graded A,B,C and D walks. We have used the international standard grades so that If you decide to walk with other clubs or go on a walking holiday with a travel company you will know in advance the standard of the walks.
Each walk may also be denoted by '+' or 'long' e.g. 'A+' or 'A Long'.
The difference being:
'+' means the walk grade will be at the upper limit of that grade.
'Long' means it will be the same type of terrain but extra time added.
We also have one extra graded walk which is used for the purpose of introductory/guest walks for new members. This will always be called 'Guest' walk and will be the least strenuous grade. Guest walks are on every second sunday.
Walk grade D and Introduction walk:
Used for new members first walk and walkers comfortable with this grade.
On terrain with a height gain not more than 400m, duration up to 4.5 hours, on track and trail, open moorland, with frequent breaks. Moderate pace. Moderate level of fitness required.
Walk Grade C:
On Track and trail, open moorland, up to 4.5 hours, height gain not more than 800m, mountain summits, little scrambling. Regular breaks. Easy to quick
Walk Grade B:
On Track and Trail, open moorland, up to 5.5 hours, all mountain peaks,
scrambling, less frequent breaks. Quick pace.
Walk Grade A:
On Track and Trail, open moorland, up to 7 hours, all mountain peaks, scrambling, few breaks, fastest pace.
As always the pace is gauged from the slowest walker in the group. 'A' grade walkers on 'B' walks will slow to B pace and B to C pace etc.