Since 1664 Kit List
This kit list has been put together in order to keep you and your fellow yompers safe. While it may seem excessive it will all fit into a small rucksack and could in extreme circumstances save your life. We take your safety seriously, remember the Yomp is almost 4 times a marathon distance, is the equivalent of climbing 40% of Mt Everest and crosses fairly remote and exposed spots – all in some 36 hours. Travel overnight is difficult and the terrain can be very flinty. Never underestimate the weather. It is highly changeable and can be extreme even in the middle of summer. However, we will not stoop so low as to insist upon a kit inspection!
Also remember that this is not a fully “guided” walk. You are expected to provide and be able to read a map of a trail (there is generally good signage, but you need to be alert so as not to miss any!). Our recommendation is to use a Harvey’s Map or alternatively an A to Z of the trail available on Amazon.
It is important that your kit is fit for purpose, comfortable and broken in. Wear/carry the same kit when out training so you are prepared for all weather types and so you get used to the weight of the bag. You should also ensure you get used to yomping up and down hills – if not you will likely as not succeed.
Also you will get the chance to drop off a “drop bag” of kit you may need later during the yomp. Such kit checked into the baggage wagon at the start, will appear at every food point and the end, so if the weather forecast is dry on the day, think about leaving the waterproof in the drop bag and taking it out at supper or breakfast in advance of any rain.
- Waterproof jacket (with hood)
- Waterproof trousers
- Hiking boots and socks (essential for overnight wear – trainers may be OK during the day depending on weather)
- Day rucksack (waterproof or lined with a plastic bag)
- Mobile Phone (please remember reception may be patchy). Spare batteries (especially if using for navigation).
- Energy drinks
- Water bottle or platypus (we recommend a minimum of 1.5L)
- Thermal top or wicking base layer
- Warm hat & gloves
- Energy food (nuts, fruit, energy bars) Survival bag
- Sun hat
- Participant number (to be given out at registration)
- Notebook and pen (for use in emergencies)
- Head Torch
- Ordinance survey or Harvey’s maps of the route – (Harvey’s recommended as whole route on one map sheet)
- First aid kit, including blister kit
- Flask – for overnight hot wets