KIT ME OUT FOR...NIGHT WALKING

Heading up dark mountains requires careful planning. Don’t leave home without this kit!

A DIGITAL CAMERA

To take great night pictures, a camera with manual controls will allow you to slow the shutter speed and capture scenes in long exposure. Pictured: Canon PowerShot G7X, £579

B HIPFLASK

A nip of whisky won’t warm you, but can help lift spirits. Stainless steel hip flasks are tough and practical for walking trips. Pictured: Mountain Warehouse Hip Flask, £5

C REFLECTORS

If your route involves road walking, or you simply want to be seen on the hill, attach reflective strips to your gear. Pictured: Tesco reflectors, £4

D INSULATED LAYER

Temperatures fall at night, especially in the mountains, so you need warm layers. An insulated jacket, stuffed with down or synthetic materials, is a must for this kind of adventure.
Pictured: Columbia Platinum 860 Turbodown Hooded Jacket, £150

E FLASK

A warm flask of tea or soup is a very welcome reward when you stop for a well-earned break on a summit. Pictured: Berghaus Stainless Steel Flask 500ml, £10

F GPS UNIT

Good navigation is the key to safe night walking, and a GPS unit will provide a precise altitude reading and exact location fix whenever you need one. Pictured: Garmin Montana 600, £400

G SMARTPHONE PLUS BACKUP

Modern smartphones drain battery quickly, so it's always worth carrying a second, cheaper phone with good battery life as a backup. Pictured: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nokia 1100

H BEANIE HAT

Your head and ears are often the first place you feel the cold, so invest in a warm hat!  Pictured: Sealskinz Jacquard Beanie, £28

I HILL FOOD

Carry your normal food (nuts, chocolate, energy bars etc) – just pack more of it! You’ll burn more calories in the cold and move slower in the dark, so take extra supplies.

J MAP & COMPASS

They may not be cool these days, but they’re still the most reliable pieces of navigational kit. Pictured: Ordnance Survey Explorer Active map, £14

K CAMERA TRIPOD

If you’ve ever tried taking a long exposure shot with shaky hands, you’ll know why a lightweight tripod is vital for night photography. Pictured: Hama Traveller Flex Pro, £40

L CHARGER

If your phone, GPS or headtorch can be powered by USB, consider a portable charger. They fit easily into your pocket and come with a variety of connectors for different gadgets.
Pictured: Brunton Ember, £70

M BATTERIES

Vital for headtorches and GPS units, spare batteries are thus even more important at night. Lithium batteries perform marginally better in the cold.

N WARM GLOVES

Every hillwalker needs a pair of gloves that are thick and windproof – and always pack spares! Pictured: Extremities Guide Glove, £40

O EMERGENCY SHELTER

If someone in your party gets injured; if you need to escape the elements; or if you simply want somewhere dry to stop for a snack, a lightweight shelter is the answer. Pictured:
Lomo Emergency Shelter, £20

P HEADTORCH x2

One piece of kit you can’t do without is a good headtorch. In case your main lamp malfunctions, make sure you have a reliable backup. Pictured: Black Diamond Icon, £75
Petzl Tikka, £35

*IN ADDITION TO NORMAL HILLWALKING KIT – CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS