Alan Hinkes, Himalayan Mountaineer

Mountain Guide, record-breaking mountaineer and all-round lover of the British hills, Alan Hinkes OBE knows exactly what works on the hill in all weather...

Alan Hinkes, and what he takes on the hill for a typical day out... Photo: Terry Abraham

Alan Hinkes OBE is the only Briton to have climbed all 14 of the world's 8000m peaks. He lives in his native North Yorkshire and can regularly be spotted walking in the fells and moors of the Lake District and Pennines.

Natural wool hat
You’ve got to keep your head warm – it’s full of brain. This is the Fjällräven Byron. In hot weatherI often wear a sun cap [pictured below] instead, and I also carry a spare beanie hat and a Buff.

Hooded fleece
I’ve recently converted to a Fjällräven Abisko hoodie. It’s stretchy with thumb holes, lightweight, packable and luxuriously snug with the hood over my head. Nice blue colour too – good for cheering up a dull day!

I carry these binoculars to check out climbing routes, wildlife or the view – such as Heysham nuclear power station and Blackpool Tower from the top of Helvellyn.

Scran (lunch)  
I always carry ’real food‘ with me – sandwich, pork pie, banana, apple and natural energy bars like Mule Bars. You won't find Snickers or Mars bars in my sack, but maybe some nice chocolate like Valhrona or Green & Black’s.

It’s impossible for me to go out without a camera. This is a compact – the Canon PowerShot G11. I use my phone a lot for pics too, but not for selfies – I’d make them illegal! Phones are also good for uploading photos to Twitter.

I love maps! This is an OS 1:25,000 scale – I also use BMC/Harvey 1:40,000 maps. The purple case next to it contains my reading glasses!

Mini Swiss Army knife
You never know when you might need to cut a rope. This has useful scissors and a blade.

Insulated jacket
This is a test sample waistcoat with a Pertex Quantum fabric and PrimaLoft filling. It weighs just a few grams, packs down small and keeps me warm under my waterproof jacket.

Medical kit
This contains medical gloves, medical tape and a triangular bandage – and I always renew a two-day emergency care/first aid course every two years.

Always useful, and carrying a thin pair is good to prevent your hands getting sunburnt.

Waterproof jacket
This item is Fjällräven’s Eco-Shell jacket. I like the generous long length and the supple, rustle-free waterproof fabric. It’s designed for general hillwalking, but I’ve used it for ice-climbing in Britain and scaling frozen waterfalls in Norway, and it performs superbly.