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Silver Expeditions Kit List


Below is a list of compulsory items for the Silver practice and qualifying ventures. If a participant has everything on the list, they will have everything they need to complete the ventures safely and competently. A missing item that turns out to be required (e.g. waterproof trousers) may result in a participant failing to complete the expedition section.

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A rucksack should contain no more than one quarter of the carrier’s weight.

Group Equipment

  • Tent – as lightweight as possible; no bigger than a 3-man    this item can be hired
  • Stove – Trangia type or gas    this item can be hired
  • Matches (2 boxes)
  • 1 small pan scrubber
  • 3 rubbish bags e.g. plastic carrier bag
  • 2 Survival bags

Personal Equipment

  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 waterproof trousers
  • Torch (small, preferably head torch)
  • First Aid kit   suggested contents
  • Paper and pencil
  • 2 pairs thick socks
  • 1 lightweight trousers, not jeans or cotton joggers! Must be comfortable when wet!
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • 2 base layers: T shirt + 1 spare
  • 1 mid-layer: shirt or thin sweatshirt plus possibly spare
  • 1 warm layer: 1 jumper or fleece
  • 1 warm hat
  • 1 sun cap
  • 1 pair gloves
  • Minimal toiletries
  • Personal medicines and hygiene products as appropriate
  • 1 very small towel (e.g. tea-towel is big enough – there’s no shower!)
  • 1 sleeping bag – must pack small
  • 1 sleeping mat
  • 1 rucksack – 65 litres max (otherwise the temptation is to fill it, however large!)    this item can be hired
  • Boots –worn in by the time of the practice expedition
  • 2 (minimum) waterproof plastic bags, e.g. tough bin liner or rubble sack, for keeping clothes etc dry in your rucksack
  • Knife, spoon, plastic bowl and mug
  • Emergency rations (see food section)
  • Water container: 2 Litres, lemonade bottle is quite suitable enough
  • Personal lunch and snacks (see food section)

Packing your Rucksack

  1. Weight should be kept to a minimum – certainly no more than ¼ of your body weight. Ask if in doubt as to how to achieve this!
  2. Share group equipment evenly. This will involve splitting the tent up.
  3. Put your sleeping bag at the bottom of your rucksack. It should be in a tough, waterproof bag.
  4. Put all clothes etc in a second tough plastic bag.
  5. Load the rucksack according to when things will be needed, i.e. bottom: sleeping bag, tent; top: day food, waterproofs.
  6. The sleeping mat is the only thing on the outside of the rucksack. It’s even possible to get the mat inside by making it into a wide tube around the edge of the bag.