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Hiking Gear Tried And Tested: The Three Peaks Challenge

Hiking Gear Tried And Tested: The Three Peaks Challenge

This August, wholesome Editorial Director Ellie and Way of life Author Hattie took on the Three Peaks Challenge, together with some colleagues from our firm River. From a number of coaching walks by way of to the large day, we examined plenty of mountaineering gear, clothes and gear, in addition to meals and restoration merchandise. Listed here are our prime picks:


From coaching in a heatwave it turned clear we’d want a brand new T-shirt for every mountain – not least for our personal consolation but in addition for the sake of these round us! We examined three worth factors, and these got here out on prime (no pun meant):

Smartwool Merino 150 Baselayer Sample Brief Sleeve T-Shirt 
Merino actually is a marvel material, maintaining you cool when it’s heat and vice versa. This t-shirt didn’t fail to ship, and was tremendous light-weight too – important when rucksack area is restricted.

Berghaus Voyager Brief Sleeve Crew Tech T-Shirt
Skinny sufficient to be layered and breathable too, this tee was very snug and a flattering match too (not one thing you’ll be able to typically say about climbing gear).
Obtainable at and chosen specialist outside retailers

Quechua MH500 Brief-Sleeved Mountain Hiking T-Shirt
Don’t let the worth idiot you, this shirt was simply as efficient when it comes to sweat-wicking and breathability as the 2 costlier choices. Whereas maybe rather less snug, it nonetheless offered ample safety from heavy backpacks.

Sprayway Akka half Zip Pullover
It’s a good suggestion to maintain one light-weight layer in your rucksack which might be popped on underneath your jacket if it will get chilly in the direction of the summits. This jersey fleece stored us heat however not sweaty, with the choice to zip all the best way up when the wind begins howling.


Zip-off trousers, whereas undeniably trendy, have been additionally a should.

Sprayway Escape Combi Trousers
These are quick-drying, which was important, and three zipped pockets meant loads of area for snacks. Eradicating the decrease sections is straightforward and fuss-free, good for when it warms up – as was the UV safety of UPF50. They’re very straightforward to maneuver in and didn’t prohibit when scrambling up sheer rock faces.

Quechua MH550 Modular Mountain Hiking Trousers
These additionally did nicely within the mobility stakes and are mild and breathable. The abrasion resistance on the knees was a pleasant (and, because it turned out, vital, contact) and whereas the match wasn’t as snug because the Sprayway pair, for the worth they’re nice worth.


We have been fortunate sufficient to spend 90% of our time on the mountains in thick cloud and so made good use of our waterproofs, however they’re all the time a necessity, even when the forecast is kinder to you. Rain might seem like an impossibility on the backside of a mountain, however a couple of hundred metres up is a completely totally different story.

Sprayway Period GORE-TEX Jacket
This was an actual carthorse of a jacket. We’d liken it extra to a coat, which, whereas nonetheless light-weight, felt extra sturdy than a single layered cagoule-style waterproof. With a number of pockets, nice air flow and adjustable toggles for nearly the whole lot, it proved a trusty companion on the mountains.

TOG24 Vettel Efficiency Waterproof Jacket
A lighter choice, however nonetheless providing complete safety from the rain, this one fared nicely in hotter climbs and dealt with sudden showers nicely. Plus, it squashes right down to virtually nothing in your rucksack. A should for brief day hikes or coaching.

Sprayway Atlanta Rainpant
There’s not likely a lot to say a few good set of waterproof trousers. Fairly? No. Practical? Sure. And that’s precisely what these are. Nothing is getting by means of these, and they are often thrown on over common strolling trousers when the heavens open and adjusted round boots.


Arguably an important little bit of package, we advocate getting your boots nicely prematurely and testing them out on lengthy coaching walks. We liked the  – they have been sturdy, match like a dream, utterly waterproof and did not create ANY blisters on three lengthy mountains.

And all the opposite bits…

We have been suggested by our guides to not overlook the little issues – actually. Your sock and even underwear decisions could make a huge effect in your time and luxury. Take a trusty winter hat and gloves, and think about the next:

Stance Hike Socks
These socks are available a bunch of cool designs, are sweat-wicking and tremendous snug. Plus, a strengthened toe and heel imply they don’t put on on these agonising descents. As with tops, you’ll need three pairs.

Bridgedale Merino Trekker socks
It’s our climbing favorite merino once more – right here mixed with Bridgedale’s Coolmax® for final dryness (learn: no blisters). These are so delicate yo’ll find yourself sporting them spherical the home on Sundays, however make no mistake, they’re sturdy and supply day-long safety.

Runderwear – antiVPL  and low rise  
Chafing is one factor you actually don’t need to be enthusiastic about midway up Ben Nevis. Made for runners, runderwear are ergonomically designed to maneuver together with your physique, and supply nice sweat-protection.antiVPL – £18, low rise – £16

Unique BUFF
The most versatile piece of package you’ll personal, this proved itself time and time once more – as a hat, a shawl, a face protector and as an added consolation when trying to sleep between mountains. Moisture-wicking (as with every thing else), it’s tremendous mild however retains you tremendous heat when wanted.

SOLE Lively Thick Insoles
For those who want additional arch help, your boots are slightly unfastened, otherwise you simply need some additional consolation, these are a should. Moisture-wicking know-how retains ft recent and cushioning absorbs shocks on rocky terrain.

Adidas Tempest Operating Sun shades
No, we didn’t run up and down three mountains. However when the solar shines down on rocky terrain you possibly can’t afford to be even briefly blinded, and due to their shut match and ‘Traction Grip’ know-how, these glasses gained’t slip off sweaty faces.
from £85

Berghaus Freeflow 25 Rucksack
An ideal measurement for longer hikes, this rucksack has a sensible air flow system to assist maintain you cool. The design lifts the bag away out of your again, and fewer contact = much less sweat. It’s suitable with hydration packs like CamelBak, absolutely adjustable and comes with an all-important bag cowl.
Obtainable at and chosen specialist outside retailers

Quechua NH100 20L Hiking Backpack
This was primary however did the job, and for the worth you possibly can’t complain. Water bottle holders on the edges and a zipped pocket on the entrance proved extremely useful, and one of many advantages of a easy design was not getting stuff misplaced. Although it’s not as adjustable because the Berghaus, it consists of waist straps for weight distribution, and is snug to put on with any mountaineering apparel.

Komperdell Explorer Compact Powerlock Poles
We might advocate coaching with these, which we didn’t! From our restricted expertise they appeared sturdy, tended to not slip and the telescopic design meant they have been straightforward to hold when not in use. Nice for absorbing a number of the downhill shocks, and a should when you’ve got knee points.

Forclaz Onnight 50 Trekking Headlamp
Important in poor mild and low visibility (of which we had rather a lot), this head torch gave a broad beam of sunshine and went the space.

Whereas within the bus between mountains we guzzled down important and extra substantial meals (assume pasta salads, sandwiches and the occasional scorching noodle pot), we additionally wanted on-the-go gasoline we might simply tackle the mountains:

Grenade bars
These see off starvation like no one’s enterprise, and supply a great power increase. Our favorite was the Darkish Chocolate Mint flavour.
from £1.59
In-store and at

Nakd bars
Straightforward to hold and in a variety of tasty/nostalgic flavours (tricking your mind into considering you’re consuming a Bakewell tart at 1,300 metres is a blessing), these have been a agency favorite with the staff.
In-store and at

The Protein Ball Co
Tremendous useful and tremendous scrumptious, these protein balls, with 15g of protein per 100g, helped assist restoration in addition to see off starvation pangs.
In-store and at

It’s truthful to say we’d by no means felt DOMs like we did the few days after the problem. Whereas foam rolling and stretching have been excessive on our listing of priorities, after climbing three mountains a shower is considerably extra interesting.

BetterYou have a implausible vary of restoration merchandise. We used their joint spray in-between mountains, magnesium flakes within the tub once we’d completed, and the magnesium physique lotion actually throughout our our bodies afterwards. When absorbed by means of the pores and skin, magnesium helps joint and muscle perform and aids muscle rest.
from £9.99
In-store and at

Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak Tub Milk
Arnica has lengthy been used to appease aching muscle tissues, and two capfuls of this within the tub introduced blissful aid. With a pleasing, virtually medicinal scent, it was a wrestle to not drift off!
In-store and at

OOFOS restoration flip flops
They’re not going to win any magnificence contests, however OOFOS restoration footwear saved us the subsequent day once we turned as much as work waddling like penguins. They take in 37% extra shock than conventional flip flops, cradle your arches and scale back stress on sore ft, knees and decrease again.

You’ll be able to nonetheless sponsor workforce River right here – they’re elevating cash for 3 fantastic charities: Demelza Hospice, The Katie Piper Basis, and Canine’s Belief. 

And you possibly can catch us chatting to Editor Anna about our Three Peaks expertise on the wholesome podcast – click on right here to pay attention.


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Climbing three mountains is not any joke, so we made positive we had the perfect mountaineering gear obtainable. Discover our edit of one of the best clothes, gear, sustenance and restoration merchandise that we used for our Three Peaks Challenge.


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