Equipment List

Pupils can encounter severe weather conditions when taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions. It is therefore essential that pupils are properly equipped for training and expeditions to allow them to operate safely and comfortably in a mountain environment. 

Day pupils must provide their own personal expedition clothing and equipment.

Boarding pupils will be able to hire waterproof clothing and rucksacks from the school expedition stores.

Download a pdf version of the Equipment List here.   

TRAINING & EXPEDITIONS: ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT

Clothing

  • Boots with ankle support
  • Waterproof over jacket with a hood (suitable for mountain conditions)
  • Waterproof over trousers (suitable for mountain conditions, with zips for easy access)
  • Walking socks (at least two pairs)
  • Trousers (tracksuit bottoms or light walking trousers are fine but not jeans) 
  • Warm top (jumper/fleece)
  • Warm headwear (to cover the ears)
  • Mitts or gloves 

Personal Camping Equipment

  • Large rucksack (minimum 65 litre capacity) suitable for multi day back packing plus waterproof liner (polythene bin bag will suffice)
  • Sleeping bag with stuff sac
  • Sleeping mat
  • Mug and plate 
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Water bottleTorch

Pupils will be able to hire tents and gas camping Trangia stoves (pupils must provide their own gas canisters) from the school expedition stores. First Aid kits, survival bags, maps, compasses and toilet trowels will also be available. You can find a more detailed and comprehensive equipment list below.

Many outdoor retailers will offer discounts to D of E candidates (use the D of E record booklet as proof of D of E registration if required).

TRAINING & EXPEDITIONS:  FULL EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Boots with ankle support
  • Trainers / sandals (optional) 
  • Socks (at least two pairs)
  • Underwear (a thermal, sweat wicking vest is recommended) 
  • Trousers (tracksuit bottoms or light walking trousers are fine but no jeans) 
  • Warm layer (jumper/ fleece top)
  • Warm headwear (to cover the ears)
  • Mitts or gloves 
  • Waterproof over-jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over trousers (preferably with zips)

 

Personal and Emergency Equipment

  • Map plus waterproof map cover (a poly-pocket will suffice)
  • Watch 
  • Torch (with spare batteries) 
  • Emergency food rations 
  • Spare clothing (spare socks, underwear, trousers and fleece/jumper) 
  • Personal medication
  • Mobile phone (emergency use only)

 

Personal Camping Equipment

  • Rucksack plus waterproof liner (polythene bin bag will suffice) 
  • Sleeping bag (inner sheet lining optional) 
  • Sleeping mat 
  • Toileteries (soap, towel, toothbrush, toilet paper) 
  • Mug and plate 
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Water bottle
  • Polythene litter bag 



Group Equipment

  • Bivvy bag (large poly bag survival shelter) 1 per tent group 
  • Tent £1.00 per tent group member
  • Trangia gas stove   £1.00 per tent group member 
  • Compass 50p per group member
  • Gas canister (screw in, self-sealing) – you MUST provide this
  • Cleaning materials (scouring pad, detergent) 
  • Matches (in a waterproof container) 
  • First Aid kit 
  • Trowel

A £20.00 cash deposit is also payable when any equipment is collected or hired from the school store. This deposit is returned when the equipment is handed back in good order and on time.  Fines will be imposed for the late return of equipment or for the return of dirty stoves or wet tents.