Firstly, harsh though it may seem but the 'Essential Items' list below is what I insist on as essential items to be in possession of when attending 'any' training. If you book onto a training course and do not turn up with these essential items, then I reserve the right to refuse your to participation on both safety grounds as well as the inconvenience for other clients. In such circumstances refunds will not be contemplated or given. The remaining lists are guidelines only and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to equipment.
If there is something you do not possess and it's unlikely that you won't prior to the course, please don't hesitate to contact me as I may be able to provide spares.
Walking Boots (preferably waterproof)
Torch (a headtorch is best)
Note - Jeans are to be voided, despite the thicker material they pose a very real risk of hypothermia. Even the very cheapest of walking trousers would be safer and preferable to jeans.
Recommended Equipment to Carry
These items are highly recommended for all training and can be carried in a reasonable sized rucksack or day pack.
Smartphone fully charged and waterproofed (a small plastic bag will do)
Compass (I will provide one but you may want to know how best to use your own)
Warm Windproof or fleece to wear under waterproof jacket during periods of inactivity/photography.
Lunch and snack items
Water 1 litre minimum (More may be needed in the summer months)
Scarf or Buff/Neck Gaiter
A small amount of cash (cafe/pub fund)
Personal Medication (if required)
Walking Poles (if needed)
Clothing to Wear
Walking Trousers (see note regarding Jeans)
Base layer (may not be required in the summer months)
Mid layer (T-shirt or thin fleece)
Recommended Camera Equipment for Photographers Mountain Confidence Courses
As these courses are focused (no pun intended) on mountain safety and confidence it is assumed you already have a decent base knowledge of what camera equipment to carry. However, you must remember photography equipment can be heavy, which can take its toll on your legs over long distances or on steep ground. For those of you new to photography I would suggest the following:
1 x Camera body (do you really need two?)
2 x lenses (1 X Wide Angle and 1 X Telephoto (anything over 300mm will really become a burden)
Tripod (preferably lightweight)
Spare Memory Card(s)
Filter kit (optional)
What is a GRAB BAG I hear you ask.... Well, it's a bag that stays in the car for comfort and or emergencies, usually I just use a spare old dry-bag or rucksack liner but to be honest any old supermarket shopping bag will do (used one for years) thrown in the boot of your car. It contains anything you want it to for comfort when you return off the hills soaking wet or sweaty it's especially good for those memorable days where you fall in a bog or underestimate a stream you cross. Mine contains: A towel, socks underwear, running leggings, crocs, t-shirt & hoody. Think cosy Sunday afternoon with your feet up!!! Then you can throw your wet gear in the bag and save your car from the mess.