Kit List -
1. Berghaus Waterproof Jacket (www.ellis-brigham.com) This has been my trusty jacket for a few years and has always performed very well. Gore-tex or equivalent is a must!
2. Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots (www.ellis-brigham.com) These boots are really comfy and kept my feet dry even when wading through boggy moss. They are light but supportive and grippy on most mountain surfaces, including wet rock.
3. High Gear Sleeping bag (www.gooutdoors.co.uk) Not the lightest or smallest, but for less than £50 you can't go wrong with this 2-3 season bag.
4. Osprey Aether 70AG (www.ellis-brigham.com) I carried 21kg of gear without major issues. Really well made bag with the best support system I've ever used. There's loads of space to hold all your stuff, and a perfect bag for hiking, travelling or backpacking round the world.
5. Quechua Quickhiker Ultralight 3 Tent (www.declathlon.co.uk) Super tent, lightweight and dry even in very wet highland rain. It's more 2 man than 3, but really good all round tent if you want more space. The porch big enough to store kit in or strip out of wet weather gear. Only 2.6 kg which was lighter than my dslr camera body!
6. 1000 Mile walking socks (www.1000mile.co.uk) If your prone to getting sore feet then good socks are a must. These ones are brilliant!
7. Mosquito spray (www.boots.co.uk) The scottish midgies are relentless at this time of year, so make sure you have something to keep them at bay. There are local concoctions which are said to work well, but this stuff from boots seemed to do the job for me.
8. Karrimor waterproof bag (www.karrimor.co.uk) A must if you are carrying anything that must not get wet. I put all my camera gear in this to keep it dry.
9. Suitable walking clothes (various outlets) You don't need to go mad on expensive hiking clothes, but a pair of quick dry trousers and various mid layers (fleece and t shirts) should be enough. I also invested in some waterproof trousers which were a godsend in the rain.
10. Coleman Divide+ 200 LED Torch (www.coleman.eu) A nice little LED torch which is plenty bright enough and has a special twist lock to keep the batteries from draining or the torch turning on in your bag.
11. Ever Ready LED head torch (www.amazon.co.uk) A head torch is a really good tool for camping or even festivals. This one was cheap and cheerful but works well and does the job.
12. LightMyFire Spork Set (www.cotswoldoutdoor.com) The ultimate in outdoor eating. Is it a spoon, is it a fork, nope it's a spork!
13. Cloud Base Sleeping Mat (www.alpkit.com) This is a great lightweight inflatable sleeping mat, comfortable and doesn't make as much noise as some when you roll about.
14. Vango One Person Cook Kit (www.blacks.co.uk) Perfect for the solo trip, doubles up as a mug too!
15. Coleman FyreStorm Stove and Xtream Fuel (www.coleman.eu) This is a really well performing stove, works in all weather conditions and high wind too.
16. Kupilka cup and spoon (www.kupilka.fi) This is a cute and quirky wood looking bowl made from some sort of composite material so is super strong.
17. Matches and Lighter Be prepared! I take both matches and a lighter in a sealed zip lock bag.
18. Plastic trowel for digging holes for your shit with! (www.cotswoldoutdoor.com) Not much to say about this...
19. Compass (www.ebay.co.uk) Tech like GPS is great, but not always reliable, thankfully the magnetic field of the earth is so don't forget a good paper map and compass.
20. Mora Bushcraft Black Knife (www.morakniv.se) Mora make hands down the best value knives on the market and this one is no exception. It's really sharp so be careful!
21. Go Pro Hero 5 and battery (www.amazon.co.uk) This is a great camera for all weather use. It came out more often than my pro gear did due to the weather. It's waterproof and can put up with some abuse so perfect for this type of trip.
22. Freeloader off grid photographer charger (www.poweryouradventures.com) This is a really cool battery charging system. It has a small battery pack suitable for charging mobile phones etc. The pack has a solar panel on it so you can replenish your battery on the move. For bigger tasks like camera batteries it also comes with a big solar panel which you can strap to the top of your rucksack. It wasn't the best conditions in Scotland with little direct sunlight, but the charger kept me juiced up for the whole trip.
23. Tissues and anti bacterial wipes
24. Corcicle insulated canteen (www.root7.com) Great stainless steel bottle for keeping liquid cold or hot!
25. Real Turmat dehydrated food, Forestia Wet food & Kendal mint cake Low fuss, low weight and high energy food is important and I can really recommend both Forestia and Real Turmat for both wet and dehydrated food. Takes no time to cook and really filling after a long day walking.