Initial Expedition Training Chapter 3 - Kit
Map Compass Whistle First Aid kit Rucksack and polythene bag Equipment Each member should have:- Emergency rations
Tents and shelters Group shelter Good for lunch in the rain Two-man dome-style Vaude Good for wild country work. Four-man tent Comfortable, but not so good for carrying Three-man ridge tent Good for cadet expeditions
Kit adjustments There are a small number of adjustments that will need to be made to any kit before it’s ready to use. Most kit is good to go when you buy it. We will look at the small number of exceptions: ● Rucksacks ● Walking poles ● Gaiters By the end of this section you will know how to adjust your kit to make it comfortable and safe for use.
Rucksacks • Make sure any Back System is best for you, and that the sack fits! • Size is in Litres • 35-45l is Daysack sized • 65-75l is good for overnight expeditions • 75l> is probably too big, but used by military • Rucksacks are generally NOT waterproof!
Load Carrying • Use a rucksack liner or big plastic sack to keep everything dry • Make sure fuel is sealed, bagged, and kept away from food • Don’t dangle stuff on the outside!
Rucksacks These need careful adjustment to prevent discomfort.
Walking poles Good for taking some of the weight off your knees
Gaiters Warm and waterproof – useful in wild country and when walking through wet vegetation.