As a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supervisor, I need to ensure I have the best equipment suitable for all weather and terrain. As I suffer from Raynaud’s, ensuring that I am warm and dry throughout my entire body is of the upmost importance to ensure I can fulfil my duties.
Depending on the days terrain it will determine which shoes I will wear, my Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX walking shoes are great for lower terrain, especially in the summer when I need a lighter weight shoe, or my Berghaus walking boots which are fitted with the Superfeet women’s Trailblazer footbed making them super comfortable, ensures there’s no foot movement and keep my feet warm! Pairing either of these shoes with Stance Hike socks is a must! They offer a great fit, keep my feet warm and dry and I never get blisters.
The Maier women’s Helga walking trousers are a great fit, comfortable and keep you toasty warm thanks to the fleece lining. They were the perfect windbreaker for the top of Ingleborough. The Patagonia women’s R1 Air zip-neck fleece is great for layering, not bulky so easy to pack away. Ideal for windy, cold conditions this was the perfect layer on top of all 3 Yorkshire peaks, especially when coupled with the Patagonia women’s Torrentshell. The 20K shell ensures you stay warm while the pit vents allow for great ventilation. The 3-layer, 50 denier construction makes it perfectly hard wearing with a great fitting hood. The stylish design means I can also wear it around town and not feel overdressed.
Rebecca Christie DofE Assistant Supervisorby