Equipment

As a member of the club we provide you with any navigational and basic safety equipment required. Many of the items that you will be required to bring are quite standard, so you probably already own most of the things that you'll need - even if you've never walked before!

Personal Kit

Before each trip, emails are sent out reminding those going what to bring. Kit will be checked before leaving Loughborough, and if a walk leader decides that you do not have adequate equipment you will not be allowed to come on the trip. Please check first with a member of committee if you do not have these items, and we will be happy to advise you on what you will need. The following is a typical list of items needed for a day trip.

Essential

Blue mountain rucksack
  • Hiking boots - This cannot be stressed strongly enough. Without hiking boots, you will not be able to come on trips. Function is more important than fashion. Choose something comfortable and dry, with good ankle support.
  • Socks - An obvious one, but good quality socks can help to stop blisters. Spares often come in handy.
  • Rucksack - Choose one an appropriate size. It will have to carry everything, and will be on your back all day!
  • Waterproof coat (and trousers, ideally) - Trips will be run between October & May in Britain. Rain is a near certainty!
  • Warm layer(s) - Such as a fleece. See above, it will occasionally get cold!
  • Suitable trousers - Wear something that will dry quickly - Jeans are NOT allowed.
  • Water - At least 2 litres is recommended for personal use.
  • Lunch - Keep your energy up, as we won't be able to pick anything up on the way.
  • Warm hat & gloves - Lots of heat is lost through hands and head. Try to avoid this.
  • Shoes (and socks) - in a separate plastic bag to wear for the journey to keep cars & coaches clean

Additionally, the following are needed for weekend trips ;

  • Clothes - to wear at the bunkhouse.
  • Sleeping Bag - in most cases sheets won't be provided. Even if they are, we'd suggest bringing a sleeping bag!
  • Toiletries & Towel - we sincerely hope no explanation is required here...

On weekend trips all food is provided, other than on the evening that we travel, so please remember to eat before we leave Loughborough for weekend trips!

All other equipment such as maps, compasses, torches, first-aid kits, emergency whistles etc are provided by the club. However you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Optional / Seasonal

The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list. There are many other items that may be beneficial to you on a trip depending on the conditions on the day, and depending on your personal preferences. Some examples are given below;

  • Buff/Scarf/Balaclava/Those snood things that footballers wear.
  • Sunglasses (we can dream, right?)
  • Emergency rations
  • Thin extra pair of gloves
  • Mobile phone
  • Gaiters
  • Dry bag for electronics
  • Raincover/large dry bag for rucksack
  • Water purification tablets
  • Penknife
  • Flask of hot drink
  • Camera
  • Walking pole(s)
  • Binoculars

On very rare occasions (only on Easter trips to Scotland), you may wish to bring specialist winter walking equipment, such as crampons and ice axe, if you have prior experience using it. Walking groups with all winter-equipped members will be able to attempt more ambitious walks than those without.

Club Kit Provided/Available To Members

  • Torches
  • Whistles
  • First aid kits
  • Survival bags
  • Compasses
  • Maps
  • Map cases
  • GPS units
  • HI-Vis vests
  • 6/12 person survival shelters
  • Tents (4 man)
  • Maps from the 1970s...

Where To Buy Kit

Go Outdoors in Loughborough is usually the best place in town to purchase kit, with a wide range of budget and higher quality gear. For some items, Sports Direct's Karrimor brand can be a good purchase on a tight budget. Periodically, and particularly in the run-up to weekend trips, committee members will arrange to take members to Go Outdoors to give advice on any potential purchases. We will send emails advising of this ahead of time.

As with anything, you may be able to find a better deal online, but do always try out items (particularly boots & bags) before you commit to buy them. An ill-fitting pair of boots is not good!

Go Outdoors, Loughborough

Bishop Meadow Road, Telephone 01509 633330

Queries

If you have any queries about personal or club kit, or if you wish to borrow any club kit for personal use (a deposit is required to do this), please contact the Kit Secretary;

E-mail... kit@lsuhc.org.uk