What’s In My Summer Time Rucksack?

As soon as you permit dwelling and step into the mountains there’s an ethic of self reliance. There are not any ambulances, no CCTV and if we get into bother it’s our accountability to unravel the issue we have now created. There are volunteers in Mountain Rescue groups who will assist if we actually want them however that ought to be a final resort. 


After we exit into the mountains we should be outfitted in order that we will keep away from issues and in addition take care of any we’re unlucky sufficient to come across – we should be self sustaining in a number of the harshest environments within the UK. 



Temperatures on the summits are frequently about 10 levels C cooler than they’re within the valleys and wind speeds are 2-Three instances stronger. Couple that with the ever current menace of rain and we have now an surroundings the place staying heat and dry is troublesome and tremendous vital. In the event you twist an ankle you may simply be ready for a number of hours for volunteer assist to reach and so you have to be outfitted to remain heat and dry for that time frame – in any climate. Right here is my package listing for a traditional summers day stroll within the mountains: 


  • Rucksack – 30 litres
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Head Torch
  • Walking Boots and Socks
  • Drink
  • Lunch
  • Hat and Gloves
  • 1 x spare gloves
  • 1 x spare heat layer
  • Spare meals
  • Private First Support & sanitary provides
  • Sun shades, solar hat and Solar Cream (climate dependant!)
  • Map & Compass
  • Cell Cellphone – totally charged and in airplane mode to save lots of the battery 
  • Group shelter for escaping the worst of the climate for rests or in an emergency
  • Blizzard Pack – to be used on a casualty to maintain them heat in case of an issue 


Your Clothes: Keep away from cotton. You want a pair of strolling trousers and a base layer that can dry shortly when moist and hold you cool within the warmth. 


I are inclined to hold every part in dry luggage in my rucksack in order that all of it stays dry – there’s nothing worse than pulling out a spare layer of clothes to search out that it’s chilly and moist earlier than you even put it on. 


I additionally use a set of trekking poles and like ones that pack down good and small in order that they are often put inside my rucksack for any scrambling sections the place I would like to have the ability to use my palms. 


What do you have got in your summer season rucksack?



Rob Johnson

Mountaineering Teacher (MIC) & Worldwide Mountain Chief

Based mostly in Snowdonia and offering expertise programs and expeditions all year long

Chairman of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Group – the busiest crew within the UK. 


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