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Skye: Kit list & information pack

This pack contains all the information you want, and probably some you won’t. Here’s a good place to find important information.

What’s the plan?

Before Christmas

Winter Skills Lecture at MCC in Basecamp room.

Sunday 19th:

Before 6pm: Leave for the Cairngorms

Friday 30th:

06:30: wake up
07:30: leave bunk house
08:10: leave the carpark
Skills training
14:00: be back at carpark
14:30: back at hut for napping
18:00: onwards food and socialising
20:00: scheming and planning for tomorrow
??? bedtime

Saturday 31:

Plans to be formed the night before

New Years Eve Celebrations

January 1st

Plans to be formed the night before

New Years Day Activities

January 2nd

06:30: wake up
07:30: leave bunk house
08:10: leave the carpark
Do something using new skills
14:00: return to the cars and start driving home

All times are liable to change – but are Tim’s best guess.

Kit and Clothes

One of the challenges of these trips is that there is often a shortage of time. Try to pre-faff.

Below we have 3 lists:

  • stuff you need to have
  • stuff that should readily available for Friday 30th
  • A full packing list and other things you should bring.

Outdoor kit you need to have:

It severe mountain environment. This isn’t jeans and trainers country. Here is the basic kit you need for this trip.

If you don’t have any, you may be able to borrow it – if you let Judith know in advance.

  • Boots (full ankle, stiff soled)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Gaiters (so you don’t get stones in boots)
  • Several other layers.
  • Warm hat or a buff
  • Gloves
  • Headtorch (freshly charged or including spare batteries)
  • Lots of warm thick socks
  • More gloves
  • thermos (according to Judith, this is important. She’s usually right)

Outdoor packing list:

Stuff for you to wear:

  • Underwear ?
  • some kind of leggings?
  • hiking trousers or tracksuit bottoms that aren’t jeans
  • upper layers
  • more warm upper layers
  • outer warm upper layer
  • boots
  • warm socks

Stuff to pre-pack in your bag:

  • Day rucksack (25-35L)
  • chocolate bars
  • cold and hot drinks
  • waterproof jacket
  • waterproof trousers
  • extra warm layer
  • gaiters
  • a pair of spare socks
  • gloves
  • more gloves
  • old t-shirt or tea-towel
  • head-torch
  • warm hat or buff

Here’s the full kitlist of everything you should bring:

Here’s a more detailed kitlist including all the things you should bring (and some you might want to consider)

  • several full changes of clothes back at the bunkhouse
  • Some pairs of Outdoor trousers (not denim or jeans of any type)
  • legging to wear underneath?
  • lots of top layers
  • underwear
  • waterproof top and bottom
  • an extra warm layer
  • hiking boots
  • thick socks for hiking in (ideally 3+ pairs – in case one gets wet or you need to wear two pairs at once)
  • warm hat
  • buff / scarf
  • old t-shirt or tea towel for carrying crampons

General outdoor gear

Since the days are shorter, and it’s getting dark early it’s good to be equipped in case we’re outside longer than expected.

  • Small rucksack (25-40 litre)
  • headtorch
  • water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • sunglasses
  • suncream
  • swimming kit
  • themos flask
  • first aid kit with plasters, hay fever medication, painkillers
  • phone charger and phone cable

Washing

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • toiletries
  • towel
  • all medication you need

Food

All food is included on the trip, but you should bring your own snacks and drinks (alcoholic) and any hot drinks beyond basic tea, coffee and dairy/non-dairy milk.

Cakes (pre-baked!) and other goodies to share are also welcome.

Transport and location information

Where is the bunkhouse?

Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye.

On Arrival

When you start to approach Glen Brittle (maybe 30 mins away), get hold of Tim on Messenger or 01457597007 (a magic mobile number) and he’ll guide you into the bunkhouse.

What’s it like?

We have sole usage of it. Choose your bunk by putting your stuff on it. Plug sockets. Showers. Probably a bunch of other things. There will be mobile signal outside on some networks.

What time do we have to leave on Sunday?

Given its an 8hour drive, we’d be wise to leave as early before 10am as we can.

Do we have to do hours of cleaning?

We have to leave the hut in a state we’d be happy to find.

Where are we driving to on Thursday 30th morning?

Probably Cairngorm Ski Centre carpark.

Any tips for stops on the long drive?

There are services about every 20 minutes, but I usually stop on the M74 (about 3h north of Manchester) at Junction 10 to visit the Tesco with toilets and petrol station.

There are two “posh” services – Cairn Lodge (3 hours from Manchester) and Tebay (1.5 hours). The rest haven’t much to differentiate between them.

The 2 hour section closest to Aviemore has petrol stations that function as services.

Random FAQs

Will walking trainers do?

Walking trainers are great for summer strolls, but we’re going mountaineering. This is exactly the time when we need boots with ankle support. Bring your boots along meet Ryan or Tim and we can help tell you if your boots are ok.

Do I need waterproof over trousers?

In short, yes. Waterproof overtrousers will keep you safe and warm. Whether you get Berghaus Deluge or Regatta £10 overtrousers, you will not regret them when you get them. Avoid “waterproof trousers” that aren’t an extra layer – they’re often very expensive and fancy sounding, but won’t keep you warm when you need it.

Why do I need so many pairs of gloves?

Because they get wet and cold faster than you think. You can layer them, they don’t have to be high quality high end gloves (Aldi sell great gloves). A pair of stretchy childrens wool gloves can sometimes make you very very happy.

Shall I bring climbing gear?

Yep.

What maps, Guidebooks are best for this area?

Avoid the Ordnance Survey maps – they’re hopeless for this area.

More focused on walking and scrambling, this is also a good book: Cicerone Skye guide

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Yes.

Do I need to bring a towel?

Yes.

I have another question.

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