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What we’re wearing Part 2–Summer Hillwalking

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 14/07/2020 14:59:06

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What we’re wearing Part 2–Summer Hillwalking

In part 2 of our clothing series, we’re heading for the hills and giving you our picks for the ultimate sunny day hillwalking ensemble.


Hillwalking

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Atop the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District.

Hill walking is one of the most accessible and peaceful ways to enjoy the great outdoors, especially in Summer. I spent much of my childhood Summer holidays dawdling behind my older brother and dragging my younger brother up through the rough, luscious heath of Dartmoor. I spent much of my teenage years and early 20s scrambling up the rocky terrain of the Lake district and Snowdonia. During my very brief time living in a very flat, large city I came to long for the hills like some sort of homesickness. I’m not alone. What is it about large, green, rocky hills that compels us so strongly to walk up them? One thing I know is that there is nothing quite like packing lunch, water, a map, compass and heading out into the hills. There is much British folklore that centres around one wondering too far into the wild and becoming lost, finding great treasure or becoming trapped by some legendary beast. It is the mystery and beauty of untamed wilderness that I think draws many of us to seek seclusion in these landscapes… If only for the day.

Even in Summer, the great outdoors can throw a lot at you and it is important to wear the appropriate, intrepid clothing. We’re going to be going through some of our favourite clothing for walking the hills of Britain and beyond during the Summer months and forming our ideal chosen outfit for both women and men.

Remember…

The great outdoors truly does not belong to us and it is vital that while enjoying these marvellous landscapes that we also take care of it so that it can thrive and be enjoyed by everybody, forever! That said it is also vital that you look after yourself, get to know your way around a map and compass or GPS device if heading out into the unknown, take breaks, keep within your level of fitness, drink plenty of water and bring plenty of snacks to keep yourself fuelled up.

Here are some good to know rules for everybody when spending days out in the hills:

-  Leave no trace, leave nothing at all except for footprints. Always clear up any mess you’ve made during lunch or breaks.

- Take nothing, not even that funny shaped rock that looks a bit like your grandad. The only thing you’re allowed to take with you is everything you’ve brought with you and plenty of photographs.

- Blend in and don’t be an eyesore, let others who have come to take in nature enjoy it just as much as you want to. No amplified music and keep your personal volume down unless in case of an emergency.

- Make sure you’re allowed to be there, many of these landscapes are used by the landowners such as farmers, or the military who often practice live shooting exercises in places cut off from people. It is important to know where you are welcome to walk and not.

- Respect livestock, of course bring your dog, they love it up on the hills, but make sure that they are on the lead and under control around any close sight of livestock.

- Know your emergency numbers, mountain rescue can be contacted in an emergency via 999. Others in more remote areas have their own numbers however and you should always know them before heading out.

- Finally, do everything you can to avoid getting into a situation where you should call them, they’re stretched enough as it is and a little common sense goes a very long way.

Now let’s talk clothing! From the head down, here are some of our very favourite ideas to complete your perfect hillwalking ensemble.


Hillwalking Helag

The Fjällräven Helags Cap

Keep the sun out of your eyes with the very sturdy Helags cap from iconic Swedish Outdoor clothing maker, Fjällräven. Made from their incredibly durable G-1000 material, it is wonderfully breathable, mosquito and midge proof, and can be adapted with their Greenland Wax to become more water resistant against the Summer cloudburst. Further aided by ventilation holes on the hat’s roof and a stong adjustable strap at the back to adjust it to your head size. Also available in blue.

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Sphere SS

The Icebreaker Sphere

Wool is NOT just for Winter. This t-shirt is perfect for those on the move. Made from 130gm jersey, the corespun fabric features merino wool fibres wrapped around nylon for added durability and next-to-skin softness and Cool-Lite technology keeps you cool through the hotter days.

The breathable, odour-resistant and quick-drying design provides all day comfort and the off-set shoulder seams prevent your pack rubbing when you're commuting or hiking.

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Meridian Hillwalk

The Rab Meridian GTX Jacket

Alas, sometimes it rains. You may as well embrace it, after all, the flowers need to drink plenty of water too. For those days when the bright sun seems to suddenly dip out of sight for you to be ambushed by a strong rain it is nice to have something lightweight that you can quickly pull out of your bag and throw on. Enter the Rab Meridian Jacket.

The Meridian jacket is constructed with a recycled 40D GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus outer to keep out the wind and rain while remaining breathable so you feel comfortable on the hills. The generous, semi-elastic hood features a one handed adjustment allowing you to adjust on the go and the stiffened peak helps to keep off the rain. Two A-line hand pockets provide enough room for larger items and YKK pit zips offer ventilation without compromising on protection. Fully adjustable hem and cuffs ensures the perfect fit and a stuff sack allows you to keep this jacket safely in your bag for a rainy day.

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Hillwalk Shorts

The Men’s Fjällräven Abisko Short & Women’s Mountain Equipment Comici Short

Ignoring the rain, we’re being optimistic by opting for a pair of shorts! Besides jumping in a river there is no way more efficient on your hilltop ramble to keep cool than simply wearing shorts. The Fjällräven Abisko Shorts are a lightweight piece of legwear intended for trekking and climbing. All pockets are closeable with either a fastened flap or zip to prevent anything falling out and the rear is reinforced with Fjällräven’s G-1000 material for lunch time perches on rough rock for lunch. The Women’s Comici pant from mountain equipment is a lightweight short designed and made for active use in hot environments. Its intergrated belt allows the perfect fit around the waist. The Exolite 125 stretch fabric has a smooth outer surface with abrasion resistance and a soft inner with lovely all day next to skin comfort.

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Hike Ultralight

The Bridgedale Hike UltraLight Coolmax T2 Boot Sock

Walking socks are some of the most underrated pieces of kit in any hillwalkers gear. The Ultra light T2 micro cushioned non-wool Coolmax® sock with maximum ventilation is for warm weather walking or trekking. The ultra-light non-wool cushioned sock is Bridgedale's lightest performance sock for hot weather adventure. The Hike Ultra Light T2 Coolmax® Performance ensures your feet stay cool, comfortable and dry in hot climates. Engineered advanced T2 zonal padding provides lightweight micro cushioning for comfort with minimal heat retention whilst the open mesh structure promotes easy moisture transportation away from the foot.

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Hillwalking Respong

The Meindl Respond GTX Walking Boot

For hot activity and easy walking whilst still remaining waterproof, I’m a massive fan of the Meindl Respond GTX. Very popular for their easy comfort and strong reinforced features. These boots are supportive and surprisingly tough, perfect for day walks along beaten track and mountainous paths. The Meindl Contagrip Trail sole provides optimum grip and protection and a cupped heel stabiliser and toe protector keep your feet safe while exploring the trail. The Gore-tex lining also keeps yu protected from the morning dew and stealthy, hidden bogs.

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Me with frozen beard

     This intrepid hillwalking ensemble was chosen and written about by Oli who is the caretaker of the TL Blog. 
     Oli loves Hillwalking across his beloved Dartmoor so much that this year he even proposed to his soon to be wife just a yards from Scorhill Stone Circle.

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