The Best Gear to Pack for a Mountain Climbing Weekend

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Could the phrase “They don’t make ‘em like they used to?” be any more appropriate than when applied to the mountaineers of the olden days? There they were, stood at the foot of some cloud-shrouded peak, ready to scale their way to the top in little more than a down jacket, Old Faithfuls laced to their feet, a couple of sandwiches in their pocket and a do-or-die mentality. 

There’s no denying it’s a romantic and hugely masculine image. But that was then. This is now. And things have come a long way. And as much as we’d all love to channel the hardy spirit of ye olde adventurer complete with frozen beard and frostbitten finger nubs, taking on a pinnacle without an arsenal of modern tech and equipment just seems, well, a little irresponsible these days.

With that in mind, we’ve made a top-drawer kit list for you to tick off before you take your first step on the vertical climb. And boy, have we covered all your inevitabilities. We’ve got essential tools like Black Diamond’s crampon foot grips and that all-important helmet. There's Finisterre’s weather-beating outerwear, and even a spicy, masculine scent to splash on to mask the days of hard graft when you reach the bottom again. See? We’ve thought of it all.  


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Craft beer drinker, Devonian, fisherman and former content director of Coach online, Chris contributed style coverage and features between 2016 and 2019.