We get it… it can be quite daunting when looking at the kit requirements for a trip like this. The good news is if you’re an outdoor enthusiast or have skied before then you’re likely to have quite a lot of this kit already. If not it might seem like an investment at first but once you’ve got the kit you’re set for other popular mountain routes like Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Elbrus, the Eiger and the Monte Rosa.
Below is a list of our recommended kit for your trip.
KEY CLOTHING ITEMS
HARDSHELL WATERPROOF JACKET
A hardshell jacket of Gore-Tex, or similar standard, is one of your key pieces of kit. Make sure it’s big enough to put over multiple layers and that it comes with a hood. You’ll use this if the weather becomes a little wild and you need protection from wind and rain. Something like: The ‘Hodr’, ‘Grim’ or ‘Odin’ Jottnar hardshell jacket.
INSULATED MID LAYER
There are a few options here depending on your preferences but this layer needs to be a warm thick fleece, a softshell or a light down jacket. This is one of your key insulating layers so something comfortable and technical is recommended. Something like: The ‘Asger’ or ‘Floyen’ jackets from Jottnar are ideal.
LONG SLEEVE BASE LAYER TOP
Some long sleeve lightweight mid layers are required as they will be the second piece of your layering system. Something like: The ‘Svend’ or ‘Tyer’ from Jottnar.
SHORT SLEEVE BASE LAYER TOP
The first of your layering system. A top tip is to look for an anti-microbial treatment to keep things as fresh as possible. Something like: The ‘Ove’ or ‘Mar’ from Jottnar.
HARDSHELL / WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS
Hardshell trousers of Gore-Tex, or similar standard, are required for this trip. Ideally they come with side zips to provide a little more ventilation when you’re working hard. Something Like: The ‘Valdyr’ from Jottnar works well.
SOFT-SHELL MOUNTAINEERING / TREKKING PANTS
This is the trouser you will spend a lot of your time in so make sure it’s comfortable. Something like: The ‘Valen’ from Jottnar is ideal.
BASE LAYER LEGGINGS
Make sure you’ve got some full leg, lightweight leggings to keep you warm and toasty.
These need to be an all round 4 season walking boot which are stiffly constructed for winter hill walking and scrambles. These are only compatible with C1 ‘Strap on’ crampons and the combination would be more than adequate for winter fell walking. (B2 Boots are also ok for a trip like this)
To learn more about the correct footwear, check out our ‘Let’s talk about mountaineering boots’ article.
HATS / FACE COVERINGS
You’ll need a sun cap, a warm hat that covers your ears and a buff or balaclava. The idea should be that if needed, you can cover your whole face.
We recommend carrying Cat. 3 sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection, such as VALLON Heron Mountain, or Waylons sunglasses.
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You will need a thin soft-shell glove that provides protection in the cooler temperatures and 2 pairs of thick warm gloves that are ideally Gore-Tex or similar and must be waterproof.
We recommend a 30-35 litres pack but it all depends on how you light to pack and what you like to bring.
ICE AXE (CAN BE RENTED ON REQUEST)
You will need one standard mountaineering ice axe with or without a strap. Something like: The Black Diamond ‘Raven’ Ice Axe.
CRAMPONS (CAN BE RENTED ON REQUEST)
You will need some C1 mountaineering crampons with anti-balling plates. Something like: The Black Diamond ‘Serac’ crampons.
CLIMBING HELMET (CAN BE RENTED ON REQUEST)
While it’s highly unlikely anything will fall on you, a head injury can occur. Taking every precaution in a remote environment is important which is why you will need a lightweight climbing helmet. Something like: The Black Diamond ‘Vision’ Helmet would work well.