Hillwalking is the entertaining outdoor activity of walking on mountains, and often climbing up until the summit. This can include activities which might be referred to as hiking, backpacking, or mountaineering elsewhere, covering land which can include elevations, high hills, remote permits and seaside walks.


Hillwalking Equipment


Even if this list may appear to be excessive, remember that weather conditions can change very fast in the mountains and that conditions on the mountain tops differ from those in valleys.


• Waterproof/windproof outer layer (including protection for the legs)

• Warm inner

• Suitable footwear

• Map, compass and watch

• Torch / head torch and whistle

• First aid kit – lightweight and simple

• Adequate food and drink – drinks bottle – flask of hot drink in cold weather

• Rucksack for carrying hat / balaclava and gloves, spare warm clothes, survival bag or lightweight shelter for group use, high energy emergency food, plastic bags to keep equipment dry.


You May Also Need:


• Helmet

• Gaiters

• Sunglasses

• Sunblock/sunhat


Don’t Forget:


• Mobile/cellular phone (recommended)

• Walking poles

• GPS receiver and spare batteries

• Camera (and film for film cameras)


Benefits of Hillwalking


As it goes for walking, hillwalking is a type of cardiovascular exercise. If you are dedicated to losing weight, then cardio is a must. Doing thirty minutes of cardio five times a week helps promote health benefits, and doing cardio for 60 to 90 minutes promotes weight loss. Walking up hills is the best way to challenge yourself the next time you step outside!