Mountain Equipment – Kit List


The equipment that you take, either for the national three peaks challenge, or for a general walk or mountain walk is very important and worthy of great consideration. There are the ‘bare essentials’ that everyone should take individually and there is also equipment and provisions that you may need to take as a team, and these items will need to be shared out equally, with each person having their own responsibility.

The Bare Essentials

The items listed here should always be carried on a mountain walk, by each and every member of the team – this is a basic kit list. Even if you’re thinking “it’s the middle of summer, I won’t need gloves and a hat” – take them anyway, it will be a lot colder higher up than it is at base, and as the day goes on the weather may change for the worse.

  • Map & compass – ensure that you can use them proficiently
  • Torch / head torch
  • Whistle
  • Watch
  • Mobile phone
  • Warm base layer and mid layer / fleece
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm walking trousers (not jeans)
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves or mitts
  • Good ankle supporting boots
  • Spare food & water
  • First aid kit (if you’re in a group at least one for the group)

In a Group

If you are taking on the challenge or heading off for a day on the hills/mountains in a group, then you should also include the follwing items of equipment:

  • Survival bag or lightweight bivvy shelter
  • High energy emergency food
  • Plastic bags to keep equipment dry

Optional / Seasonal Items

  • Helmet (required for some scrambling routes)
  • Gaiters
  • Sun cream and insect repellent
  • Sunglasses (the snow covered peaks will be very bright!)
  • Ice axe and crampons
  • Walking poles
  • GPS device and spare batteries
  • Camera

National 3 Peaks Challenge Ordnance Survey Maps

OS Explorer Maps

You should kit yourself out with the relevant Ordnance Survey maps as these provide the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data. The OS maps required are listed above and you can purchase them from Amazon by clicking the individual links, or visit the Ordnance Survey website to purchase maps, compasses, cases and other useful stuff!

You can also purchase the 3 peaks map bundle from our friends over at

Retailers & Outdoor Equipment

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