This kit list covers the equipment that you will need for your mountain tour in Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps).
Clothing is largely a matter of personal preference but please make sure that you have tried it out in all weathers before the trip. Most important is a correct fit – especially your boots!
All your kit must fit into your rucksack and one holdall. I urge you to reduce your kit to the bare essentials. Please be ruthless in your decision making!
- Rucksack. An ‘Expedition’ rucksack, 60-80 litres (Recommend POD, Macpac, Lowe Alpine or similar).
- Rucksack waterproof liner.
- Dry bag or heavy-duty plastic bag.
- Stuff sack(s)/dry bags (To separate clothes etc. A variety of colours and sizes).
- Holdall / bag (For items not accompanying you on the walk).
- Bungi cords/straps (Useful for strapping things onto rucksack).
Base Layer (purpose is to ‘wick’ moisture away from body thereby keeping you dry). Needs to be light, close fitting and comfortable.
- Thin socks x 2 pairs (Wool, Nylon-wool mix or meraclon. No uncomfortable seams).
- Underwear x 2 sets (Comfortable. Preferably go for sports type bras).
- Base layer vest x 2 (Marino wool or synthetic – personal choice).
- Long-johns x 1 (Not essential, personal preference).
Mid layer (purpose is to provide insulation).
- Thick socks x 2 pairs (Mountain socks with no uncomfortable seams. Best buy new ones).
- Leggings (Powerstretch or similar).
- Fleece midlayer x 2 (Polartec or similar. 1 or both may be worn, depending on the temperature).
- Warm jacket (Primaloft is ideal. Down / fleece is OK). To be worn when camping if it is cold. Recommend: Rab, Mountain Equipment, Berghaus or similar.
- Gloves (‘Windstopper’ type are good).
Outer (Shell) layer (purpose is to provide a windproof / waterproof shell against the elements).
- Boots (Leather or synthetic waterproof mountaineering / walking boots. Recommend: Scarpa, Meindel, La Sportiva or similar. Go for the ones that fit best).
- Approach shoes or trainers / light walking boots. Your only other set of footwear!
- Gaiters (Recommend tough, clip on traditional-style gaiters).
- Waterproof Jacket (Goretex / Event material or similar). Needs to be robust with large map pocket, storm cuffs and a wired hood.
- Waterproof Overtrousers (As above).
- Hat (Warm & windproof).
- Sun hat (Must provide protection for ears and back of neck).
- Scarf, Head-over (neck gaiter) e.g. Polar Buffs are good.
- Sun glasses/ Good quality UVA and UVB block with side protection.
- Sleeping bag (A light ‘3 or 4 season’ bag is ideal, preferably down).
- Bivi Bag (Breathable -Goretex or similar. Expensive but essential. The simpler & lighter, the better).
- Sleeping mat (Full length closed cell foam roll mat or Thermarest inflatable type. If latter, take repair patches and glue).
Cooking and tent living
- Tent (Lightweight 2 or 3 man tent – depending on tent groups).
- Strong plastic bowl (For eating).
- Mug x 1 (Lightweight).
- Spoon x 1 (Lightweight).
- Pen-knife 1/tent (Preferably with good blade, scissors/nail file and tin opener).
- Head-torch x 1 (Ultra-light LED will be fine).
- Water bottle or Camel Back (1 litre minimum, 2 litres is better).
- Thermos Flask (1 litre minimum, stainless steel). Optional
- Pot scourer 1/tent
- Green scratchy one, small.
- Fire steel 1/tent (Always works, learn how to use it and make it personally identifiable as only 2 or 3 types on the market).
- Mending kit 1/tent (Mini sewing kit plus safety pins, velcro, spare buckles, glue and patches).
- Tent booties – Optional.
- Glasses case (Strong enough to sit on without damaging your glasses).
- Line (Elastic washing line for inside your tent).
- Emergency rations (Not more than 500g. Only for REAL emergencies or end of the Expedition).
Toiletries (can be shared to save weight)
- Bag (Use the smallest stuff sac you can find).
- Towel (Small).
- Flannel – Optional
- Soap (Small bar. In plastic ziplock bag).
- Toothpaste (1 x 50ml tube will do).
- Toothbrush (Some keen mountaineers saw the handles off to reduce weight).
You should bring a small personal first aid kit (plasters for blisters etc). Always keep the directions for any drugs you may need with your kit. Please let your leader knows if you need any regular medication.
- Pain killers (Paracetamol and Ibuprofen).
- Antiseptic Cream (Small tube e.g. Savlon or Sudocrem).
- Fungicidal cream (e.g. Canesten for feet and if you are prone to thrush).
- Sun screen (High factor UVA and UVB protection. Screw lids are more secure).
- Moisturiser (For chapped face, hands and everything. Nivea/ E45 are good)).
- Lip balm (Sunscreen or sunblock type).
- Zinc Oxide tape (1 roll, non-elastic, as wide as possible – if not allergic to it).
- Blister kit (Moleskin/second skin/ compeed).
- Elastoplast or a selection of different sized plasters.
- Throat lozenges (A few, e.g. Strepsils).
- Tubigrip (If you are prone to knee or ankle problems).
- Walking poles (Optional but recommended).
- Camera (Most people take small compact cameras rather than SLRs. It is up to you).
- Film/memory card – Optional.
- Batteries for cameras (Remember that these run down faster in cold conditions).
- Spare glasses (if worn). In a robust case. Contact lens wearers should also take a pair of glasses.
- Compass (Silva – type 4 is best).
- Map case.
- Whistle (Plastic, on a string).
- 1 x 16’ sling (For protecting exposed chain sections).
- 1 x HMS carabiner (For protecting exposed chain sections).
Enjoy your tour!