Equipment & Packing

To provide an idea of what clothing and equipment you'll need for our various courses and experiences please see the lists below.  For walking, scrambling and climbing Contour provides the ropes, harnesses and climbing equipment, as well as the group and safety kit.  However if you do own your own then feel free to bring it along.  As for Bike Packing & Mountain Biking (MTB) Contour can arrange (at extra cost) bicycle and equipment hire.  If required Contour can loan items that are marked with asterix on the lists below, with major items (clothing and rucksacks) being available for a small extra cost to cover wear and tear. All you have to do is let us know your requirements during booking and we will ensure that the item is made available for you to use for the duration of the activity.  If you have any queries about what to bring, or what Contour can provide out of its own stores, we recommend that you email or call and we will be glad to advise. Also, if you are seeking advice on the merits of a specific item of clothing or equipment please feel free to ring or email, we will be happy to assist 

Equipment lists A, B and C detail what you will need for Walking, Scrambling and Climbing with D for MTB.

EQUIPMENT LIST A | Walking, Scrambling, Climbing & Navigation with No Overnight Camping                           
Daysack 35 Litre*     
Waterproof liner for day sack*                                                      
Torch* (head torch preferable)
Map *
GPS* (spare batteries)
Notebook and pen
Penknife or multi-tool (e.g Leatherman)
Toilet paper
Sun cream
Insect repellent
Small first aid kit
Personal medication
Spare glasses 
Waterproof jacket (with hood).
Waterproof trousers (preferably with leg zips)
Hat (synthetic or wool)
Hat (sun protection)
Gloves and spare gloves                                                                           
Base Layer: Thermal underwear (synthetic or wool)          
Mid-layer: Fleece (synthetic or wool)                                       
Walking trousers
Walking shorts                                                                                       
Socks (plus change of socks)                                                                                             
Water bottle or flask                                                           
Mobile phone                                                                               
EQUIPMENT LIST B | Additional Items for Overnight Trips
Rucksack (65 Litre)*                                                                          
Sleeping Bag and Compression Sack
Sleeping mat                                                                                
Water bottle
Stove, fuel and accessories                                                    
Pots and cleaning pad
Toiletries & Towel
Spare clothing (additional socks & underwear)                                                                             
Flip-flops or similar for wear in campsite
Note | For Contour's extended walking expeditions a separate list detailing extra items and recommendations on equipment required for each tour will be sent on booking
EQUIPMENT LIST C | Additional Items for Scrambling and Climbing Courses
Belay Device*
Chalk bag & chalk
Rock Climbing Shoes/Boots (ring or email for advice)
EQUIPMENT LIST D | Clothing and Equipment for Weekend MTB Courses & Bikepacking
Cycle Helmet
Goggles or Glasses
Hat/skull cap (able to wear under cycle helmet if required)
Cycling mitts
Cold weather cycling gloves
Base Layer (thermal 'wicking top')
Mid-Layer (Synthetic fleece or equivalent)
Padded cycling shorts (one pair per day, on longer trips washing facilities will be available)
Cycling trousers/cold weather leg protection (subject to weather conditions)
Cycle shoes (ring or email for advice)
Cycling overshoes
Waterproof cycling jacket & trousers
Water bottles (2x750ml minimum and/or Personal Hydration System)
We recommend you bring |
Bike pump
Inner tubes x 3
Tyre levers
Multi-tool (Please ring for advice if you do not already own one)
Any bike specific components
Note: For Contour's Bike Packing expeditions a separate list detailing extra items and recommendations on equipment will be sent on booking