Recommended Equipment and Clothing
1) The basic requirement for hill walking is good sturdy footwear. I always recommend ankle high, waterproof boots. Equipped with these, together with gaiters, you will keep your feet dry and have good
ankle support. You will be able to go almost anywhere and not have to worry about where you must put your next step! Without this basic equipment, you will limit your opportunities and experience.
Having said that, people do venture out with less and get away with it! However remember, in bad conditions when you are cold and wet all over the rest of your body and your feet are also cold and wet, that is where hypothermia will first seep into the body!
What is the best boot to get? If they fit your feet and your wallet(!), I recommend Meindl, which I believe are the best!
2) Two pairs of walking socks, a light 1st layer and thick outer layer.
3) Gaiters. (to protect the lower legs and stop debris and water from entering the boots.
4) Fleece lined hat and gloves (waterproof) (for winter). Sun hat for summer!
5) Towelling Sports Scarf – to prevent rain running down your neck!
6) Other clothing should preferably be made of synthetic fibre. This is much more comfortable to wear when wet (be it sweat or rain!) compared to natural fibres. DO NOT WEAR DENIM!
7) And for after the walk – a change of clothing! Very important – it helps to make you feel famous!
To assist and for safety:
8) Two walking poles (€25 – €35 each – more expensive not necessary)
9) i) Ordinance Survey map – (Discovery Series) Sheet 56 – Scale 1:50,000 for Wicklow.
ii) East West Mapping – Wicklow Mountains Series – Scale 1:30,000
10) Silva Map reading compass – a model which includes the 1:50,000 scale.
11) If possible, a hand held GPS is very useful as using a map and compass in the wind and
rain can be tricky. GARMIN have a super range to chose from, including ones with touch
screen operation. You should have the map and compass with you as well – just in case!
12) Whistle (loud).
13) First aid kit (small).
15) Emergency survival bag (very inexpensive).
16) Rucksack (suggest circa 25 litres) (with plastic liner bag).
17) To protect your good boots, which frequently will be immersed in bog water, an excellent
leather treatment and waterproofing product is RENAPUR. This is a natural leather balsam
which the manufacturer says: ‘will preserve and extend the life of your leather whilst keeping it supple’! I use it and have been very satisfied.
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18) Water (water bag with drinking tube is very convenient).
19) Snack (not supplied!). Suggestions – dried fruit & nut mix, fresh banana, apple, chocolate (you will burn off the calories!). Sandwich if desired.
20) For winter walking – a hot drink is very comforting.