Kit List

Having the right kit can make the difference between a good day and an unbelievable day. Based in the Scottish Highlands we need to be prepared for all weathers in all seasons. Trends and clothing develop and change but there are essential items that we believe should make it into the suggested equipment list for our trips.

Winter & Summer

  • Day rucksack (25-30 litre) in summer
  • Day rucksack (40-50 litre) in winter
  • Rucksack liner – can be a large plastic bag to keep your kit dry
  • Walking socks
  • Thermal Base layers
  • Walking trousers (lightweight weight and quick drying - no jeans)
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve walking shirt
  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Good quality 3-season walking boots
  • Good quality waterproof jacket (Gortex or similar)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Warm woollen or fleece hat
  • Sun hat
  • Whistle
  • Water bottle
  • Small thermos flask
  • Neck gaiter/Buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip block
  • Insect repellent
  • Walking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Personal 1st aid kit
  • Spare pair of socks and laces
  • Survival bag
  • Watch
  • Spare top to put on during stops
  • Personal munchies
  • Camera and spare batteries!

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Winter Walking - Items can be hired from Tiso Inverness

  • Good quality 3-4 season boots
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons suitable for your boots
  • Crampon anti-balling plates
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Spare thermal gloves
  • Mitts
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Ski Goggles (clear lenses preferred)

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Mountain Biking

  • Socks
  • Cycle shorts (preferably padded for your comfort)
  • Base layer T-shirt – high wicking
  • Cycling top
  • Thermal base layers
  • Lightweight cycling trousers or cycling tights
  • Fleece top (gilets will maintain upper body warmth)
  • Cycling shoes/trainers
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Neck gaiter/Buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip block
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle (camelbak/hydropack systems are ideal)
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Personal 1st aid kit
  • Small rucksack – see water bottle
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Bike Kit

  • Bike – we recommend that the bike has been serviced before the trip and fitted with new tyres and brake blocks or pads
  • Helmet – you won’t be joining the group without one
  • Gloves
  • Cycling glasses and spare shaded lenses
  • Spare inner tubes *
  • Spare brake blocks or pads *
  • Spare rear mech’ hanger *
  • 2 x Speed links *
  • Pump and shock pump (if required)
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multi tool
  • Personal repair kit items

* Essential items on all Intermediate, Challenging and WE graded trips and short break trips.

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Group Kit

NHG will provide the group with relevant necessary group equipment including 1st aid kit and group shelter.

The NHG guide will have navigational equipment but it is always a good idea for individuals to carry a map and compass whilst in the hills.

Bikes, helmets, ice axes and crampons can be hired for your trip. Please contact NHG at any time to discuss your kit requirement.

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