There’s plenty of items you need to complete hiking challenges. Some pieces of kit you may already have and others you may need to purchase. The below items are recommended for your challenge and are available on Amazon:
- Hiking shoes
- Water bottle
- Head torch
- Hiking poles
- Hiking socks
- Waterproof map case and compass
- Energy bars
- First aid kit
You’ll need a pair of hiking shoes; trainers aren’t suitable for long walks and rough terrain, especially when inclines and declines are present. For walks with steep inclines, it is recommended to select boots that have protection above the ankle, known as mid- or high-cut shoes. This provides added support to the ankles.
Budget Hiking Shoes
Karrimor Waterproof Hiking Shoes
If you are new to hiking and unsure if your hiking shoes will be used frequently, you may wish to avoid spending too much on a decent pair of shoes. Even a budget pair of hiking shoes will offer substantial protection against a rocky underfoot and increase ankle support.
Mid-priced Hiking Shoes
Merrell Gore-Tex High Rise Hiking Shoes
If you are looking to adventure outdoors more often, tackle new challenges or attempt new terrains, a higher quality boot will benefit you in the long run.
High-Quality Hiking Boots
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking boots
Salomon are a well-known and respected brand with the outdoor community. A pair of Salomon boots are built to last for years.
Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack
A 40-litre backpack is a good size for a full day’s hike. It provides plenty of room for extra clothing, water and food.
1-litre Camelbak Water Bottle
A 1-litre water bottle can tuck into the side of your backpack for quick access. Additional water can be stored in a backpack for long hikes.
Rechargeable or battery powered head torches
If you are hiking in the late afternoon it’s essential to have a torch in your bag. It is dangerous in the countryside without a torch and the sun sets quickly. Head torches are handsfree and are also useful for camping.
Anti-shock and adjustable hiking poles
Hiking poles provide added support and balance when walking across uneven terrain. Hiking poles reduce the amount of stress placed on the knees during long hikes; the additional contact with the ground distributes the load placed on the knees.
Male and female hiking socks
Hiking socks help keep your feet warm while providing ventilation. A good pair of hiking socks adds comfort to your feet and helps reduce the chance of developing blisters.
Waterproof map case and compass
A waterproof case allows you to fold and store your map outside of your backpack. It keeps it protected during any weather. A compass is required to help navigate the map.
Nut bars and flapjacks
High-energy bars are a convenient snack during long hikes. It’s a simple way to keep your energy up during challenging treks.
First Aid Kit
Compact First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen anywhere and when they happen in the countryside it’s good to be prepared.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Map
The Yorkshire Dales South & Western (OS Explorer Map) is the Ordinance Survey map which covers the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Discovery Walking Guides have a waterproof and durable map that covers the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The Discovery Walking Guide has the route already drawn on the map, is zoomed in further than the OS map and is more durable.
National Three Peaks Maps
The National Three Peaks requires three different OS Maps. The maps are good if you want to explore the surrounding areas, but if you just want to complete the National Three Peaks, the Discovery Walking Guide is a single map with a dedicated page to each of the National Three Peaks.
OS Maps of the National Three Peaks Challenge
Ben Nevis OS map: OS Explorer 392 Ben Nevis & Fort WilliamScafell Pike OS map: OS Explorer OL6 The English Lakes – South Western area