The HikeandClimb mountain navigation courses all take place in a real mountain environment. This necessitates all participant to be appropriately kitted-out for days and nights on open mountain landscapes.
Good boots are essential as often times we will leave the tails and venture across open mountain landscape. This may include crossing bog, uneven broken ground, crossing small streams and onto steep ground (where appropriate).
The ideal hiking boot for Ireland are full grain/nubuck leather backed up with Gortex with a semi-ridged sole. A fabric boot with a quality membrane will work during various times of the year, but during the wetter seasons leather is the best option.
As someone that worked for years as a boot fitter and specialist, I advise taking all recommendations regarding brands with a pinch of salt. Everyone’s foot is unique therefore you need to take time and try on as many pairs as possible until you find one that suits you.
There is strictly no participation in any of the HikeandClimb mountain courses with trainers.
Rain jackets and trousers are also required. Ideally breathable and with a high quality water proof membrane.
Comfortable moisture wicking socks, baselayer and secondary layer (softshell/fleece) are desirable for comfort and warmth.
It is essential to bring a booster layer. This can be a extra jacket (synthetic/down) or top that you can throw on when we stop for food and chats.
A beanie hat, gloves and a buff are desirable (during the Winter months they are essential).
Food (high in calories), snacks and water is essential for a day/night on the hills.
A Silva Expedition Type 4 Compass is required (or if you have a compass already please bring it).
Depending what mountainous areas we are on, you will need a map/s. This info will be provided before the course starts.
Finally, you must have a sense of adventure and be ready for a few laughs along the way.