Up in the mountains the weather can change rapidly, and therefore we must be prepared for any eventuality. If you take the equipment given in the list below, you can be sure of a pleasant mountain adventure, whatever the weather.
Good mountain boots. Statistically, the most common type of accident in the mountains is injury to the lower part of the leg. A twisted ankle is the real star and number one leader! High, rigid boots will protect you against this kind of problem when climbing on uneven terrain. Thick soles improve the level of comfort when walking on sharp rocks, whereas shoes with a soft sole such as trainers or sneakers will result in you literally feeling every stone and pebble on the ground and you will end up in considerable pain. The boots have to be waterproof as mountains are a wet environment, and I am sure there is no need to convince you that walking in soaking wet shoes is not exactly comfortable.
It is also very important to bring waterproof trousers and jacket. On warm, summer days, you can carry these in your rucksack, but the moment the rain falls, you will not regret having brought them with you. They also give protection against the wind. The best trousers are ones with a long zip along the leg, at least ¾ of the length down. Such trousers can easily be slipped on without any need to remove your shoes.
Regardless of the season, it is worth remembering that the temperature drops about I degree Celsius for every 200 metres of altitude. Therefore, even if it is warm in the foothills, always take gloves and a hat with you as you will need it higher up. There are often situations, when even on a nice day in July, the winds suddenly picks up around the summit, and the wind chill factor makes gloves and a hat a necessity if you want to feel warm and comfortable.
We always need to bring an extra layer of clothing with us. Prolonged physical effort and general fatigue together with the effects of the elements can influence our sensitivity to the cold. Often I put on a warm coat while resting, as when you are not moving it can get really cold. A good solution is a fleece or warm sweatshirt as they will keep you warm when necessary.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU NEED TO BRING WIH YOU:
- Food for the entire day (as there are no shops or huts, with Snowdon being the exception),
- Water (on a hot day, the average person needs to drink half a litre of water per hour),
- Trekking poles (optional),
- Sunglasses (compulsory),
- Sunscreen (highly advisable as sunburn can be dangerous),
- Rucksack (spacious enough to pack everything in ).