I’ve been preparing for my last-but-one munro expedition to the Fisherfield hills in Northwest Scotland and thought I’d describe what I’m taking.  This is essentially my summer backpacking kit which I’d take for trips of 2-3 nights.


I have a couple of GoLite rucsacs for backpacking trips, the cavernous Gust and the smaller Jam 2.  I’ve become a real convert to the lightweight philosophy over the years; a lot of specialist gear is not only robust but extremely light these days and so why on earth would you want to carry more weight on your back if you don’t need to ?  Of course, not all my gear is the lightest possible (it’s difficult to justify a new Goretex jacket, for example, simply to shave off a few grams) but as I’ve updated my equipment over the years I’ve tended to go as lightweight as I could.  And this means that I can easily fit all my gear into a 50 litre rucsac and be able to easily climb mountains carrying it.

I liked the approach Nick Bramhall used in his blog, The Mountain’s Silhouette, and have stuck close to this, using photos as well as text to describe my gear.

Worn stuff

Worn stuff

  • Salomon Mid GTX walking boots with goretex inner
  • X-Socks Trek Expe socks
  • Icebreaker 200 merino wool long-sleeved shirt
  • Montane Terra walking trousers
  • M&S pants and socks
  • Mountain King Trail Blaze walking poles

Weight: 1,844g



  • GoLite Jam 2 50l rucsac
  • Exped drybag
  • Foam sit mat
  • Bin liner

Weight: 630g



  • Terra Nova Laser Competition 2 tent
  • 6″ Titanium pegs – additional 6

Weight: 1,375g



  • Cumulus Ultralight 200 goose down sleeping bag
  • Thermarest Ultralight 3/4 length

Weight: 1,174g



  • MSR Pocket Rocket gas stove (in plastic case)
  • Gas canister
  • Matches
  • MSR Titan titanium pot
  • Homemade pot cosy
  • Orikaso plastic foldable cup
  • Spork

Weight: 331g (excluding gas)

Carried gear

Carried gear

  • Mountain Equipment Goretex XCR waterproof jacket
  • Berghaus Aquafoil waterproof trousers
  • Extremities windstopper gloves
  • Polartec fleece gloves
  • Exremities ice cap
  • Baseball cap
  • Buff
  • Berghaus microlight fleece
  • Montane featherlight windshirt
  • Spare pants and socks
  • Spare walking socks (Sealskinz, waterproof)
  • Mountain Equipment beanie (sleeping)
  • Silk top and trousers (sleeping)

Weight: 2,125g



  • Ortlieb waterproof map case and map
  • Silva compass
  • First aid kit
  • Wash kit (not pictured)
  • Black Diamond head torch
  • Inov8 2l water reservoir
  • Cascade Designs packtowel
  • Midge net
  • REI ‘Ezee’ toilet trowel
  • Debit card and money (not pictured)
  • Plastic bags for waste

Weight: 708g



  • Canon Powershot A720 with case
  • Gorillapod
  • Garmin eTrex GPS
  • Stickpic
  • iPhone
  • Headphones (not pictured)

Weight: 940g

Total baseweight: 7,283g

Note:  The baseweight includes everything carried in a rucsac or on your person but excludes clothing and boots worn and consumables (food, water and gas).  For a 2-day trip away the consumables are typically around 1,300g.

Total weight therefore includes:

  • Baseweight (7,283g)
  • Clothing and boots worn (1,844g)
  • Consumables (1,300g)
  • Total = 10,427g


More reading:


The Mountain’s Silhouette


Section Hiker

Summit and Valley



2 Comments on “My Walking Kit List

  1. Hi, great list. Could you point me in the right direction for the silk top and pants as I am coming up with nothing when looking around.


    • Hi James,

      I think I originally got some from one of those mail order catalogues that advertise loads of useless stuff. I tend to bin them but hopefully you know the kind of catalogue I mean.

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