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ACTIVITY CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

ACTIVITY CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

When taking part in outdoor activities it is very important to have the right equipment to ensure your overall safety and that you remain warm in the elements.  We have therefore detailed below a concise list of the suggested items to have when taking part in any of our activities, plus what we provide.  Specific information on each activity then follows on with the activities listed alphabetically.  For more information on suitable clothing view our 6 tips for staying warm in the outdoors.

Suggested personal items to wear and bring:

Generic Extra for water activities
  • T-shirt or long sleeve top  designed for outdoor use i.e. base layers
  • 1 pair of trainers (that can get wet if doing water activities)
  • Trousers or shorts designed for outdoor use
  • Fleece top
  • Thermal gloves & hat
  • Sun tan lotion,  sunglasses, cap
  • Food, snacks and water
  • Swimwear
  • Wool socks
  • Spare set of clothes for getting changed into afterwards
  • Towel

 

Provided by Distant Horizons (activity dependent):

  • Water proof clothing
  • Wetsuits
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Wellingtons
  • Helmets
  • Harnesses

CANOEING

When canoeing it is important to wrap up; you will be active as you paddle the canoe and warm up, but sometimes you might be stationary for short periods and therefore cool down.   

We provide Additional items
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Tandem canoes
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Comfortable clothing designed for active use (avoiding cotton)
  • Warm socks
  • Trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. Not slip ons such as Crocs and flip flops
  • Spare fleece jumper
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Take surplus clothing if you get cold easily

 

CLIFF JUMPING

This activity guarantees submersion and so having the right clothing is paramount. 

We provide Additional items
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Wetsuit
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Swimwear for underneath the wetsuit
  • Spare fleece jumper
  • Trainers suitable for getting wet. Not slip ons such as Crocs and flip flops

 

CYCLING

We work closely with a professional cycle hire company who provide top spec bikes for all our needs.  They provide us with a range of Giant bikes including the Trance full suspension and Talon hard tail mountain bike, plus Roam hybrid bikes.  Dress as if you were to go for run and then bring an extra layer; due to the undulating terrain you will be putting different amounts of effort in all the time.  It can range between having to put little effort in downhill to being very active up hill. 

We provide Additional items
  • waterproof jacket and trousers
  • rucksack
  • helmet
  • bikes
  • comfortable and lightweight clothing designed for active use (avoiding cotton)
  • trainers with good grip
  • gloves and scarf

 

Ghyll scrambling/canyoning

Among the activities that require the most amount of dressing up is ghyll scrambling and canyoning.  As well as needing a spare set of clothing for afterwards we will give you entire adventure ready outfit that comes with a range of accessories.  You will get wet, you will sweat, you will probably get dirty, and although we will do everything in our power to stop it, you might get cold. 

We provide Additional items
  • Full length wet suit,
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Selection of wetsuit socks
  • Selection of wetsuit gloves
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Helmet and harness
  • Wellington boots
  • Swimwear for underneath the wetsuit
  • Full change of clothes
  • Fleece or jumper you don’t mind getting
  • Warm socks
  • Bring surplus clothing if you get cold easily

 

HIKING

In the mountains you can be faced with exaggerated weather conditions due to the elevated nature and therefore exposure.  It can however be just as still and calm as in the valley bottom.   Keeping this is mind it is important to prepare for anything and everything that the elements could throw at us.

We provide Additional items
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Comfortable and lightweight clothing designed for active use (avoiding cotton)
  • A good pair of walking socks
  • Walking boots
  • Spare fleece jumper
  • Hat, gloves and scarf 

We also have a selection of walking boots but it is best to have your own boots that have been broken in and suit your feet.  Boots you are not used to can be uncomfortable and cause blisters.

KAYAKING

If you haven’t been kayaking before don’t instantly think you are going to capsize because in our big tandem sea kayaks it very rarely happens.  If you are anxious about getting into a kayak and want some reassurance go to our Nervous About Kayaking page.  For kayaking dress comfortably, warm and prepare to sit down and let your upper body do the work.

We provide Additional items
  • Kayaking waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Wilderness Systems tandem and solo sea kayaks
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Paddles and spray decks 
  • Comfortable and lightweight clothing designed for active use (avoiding cotton)
  • Trainers suitable for getting wet. Not slip ons such as Crocs and flip flops
  • Gloves, hat scarf
  • Full spare change of clothes just in case

If you wish to get wet while kayaking we also provide wetsuits

RAFT BUILDING

There is a good chance you will get completely wet during raft building either because you fall in, get pushed in or your raft falls apart.  We therefore generally reserve this activity for the spring and summer months.

We provide Additional items
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Wetsuit
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Helmet
  • Swimwear for underneath the wetsuit
  • Trainers suitable for getting wet. Not slip ons such as Crocs and flip flops
  • Spare fleece jumper

 

ROCK CLIMBING and abseiling

When rock climbing and scrambling you may find yourself on the side of an exposed hillside where the temperature, moister and wind can change rapidly and can make you very cold very quickly if you don’t have the right clothing.  Plus when you are belaying you could be stood still for a long time so extra layers are essential.

We provide Additional items
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Specialist climbing equipment and ropes
  • Comfortable and lightweight clothing designed for active use (avoiding cotton)
  • Walking socks
  • Spare fleece jumper
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf

If you want to climb in rock shoes then we have a small selection, however due to the specific fit we cannot guarantee a good fitting pair.

For more information on our activities you can contact us at info@distant-horizons.co.uk or 017684 86465

 

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