clothing & equipment suggestions
Certain items are esential for comfortable safe walking in the hills and valleys, while we do have some spare kit available for emergencies we generally do expect you to have your own waterproof top and boots. However if kit is a particular problem please get in touch with us and we may be able to help out.
Trainers are not suitable, neither are the cheaper trainer type boots with a 'boot' like appearance. Neither of these give good support and are certainly not waterproof! Walking shoes and wellingtons are not satisfactory either. The walking boot must give good ankle support, be waterproof and have a rubber non-slip sole.
If you do decide to buy, look for waterproof boots - leather is best - although good gortex type boots are suitable for our local terrain. Your boot should have:
Try on the boots with your walking socks. You should be able to get a finger down behind the heel before you lace them up. Once laced your toes should just touch the front. Wear your new boots round the house for a short while after purchase and take them back and change them if they are uncomfortable. When you are sure you have a comfrotable pair of boots rub/spray in some waterproofer and use them for gradually increasing walks to break them in.
The loopstitch variety is very good. This looks like towelling and are very comfortable. However any thick sock will do although preferably not cotton. Most people recommend wearing two pairs of socks, we find one pair in summer is enough, it's up to you.
The layering principle is a good policy with a 'base' layer made from a material which wicks sweat away from the skin. Over the base layer a medium weight fleece or sweater provides the second layer. The third layer is usually in the form of the spare fleece or sweater kept in your rucksack along with your waterproofs. The principle is that several thin layers hold heat better than one thick layer and allows for temperature adjustment by peeling off or putting on layers as conditions dictate. You should find everything else you need already in your wardrobe, tracksuit bottoms, leggins and loose fitting trousers should be fine for walking in. Jeans are unsuitable since they are usually too tight and become extremely uncomfortable when wet. You may also wish to bring shorts for hotter days and thermal underwear for colder ones!
The weather in the mid Welsh mountains is extremely variable and even in summer you should expect cold, wet and windy weather. So don't leave out your gloves, hat and scarfe even in August. Likewise sun tan lotion and sun glasses could also be essential items.
Most people have some sort of waterproof top garment these days and providing it is genuinely waterproof and not just showerproof it should be fine for the type of walking activity you will be undertaking. The essential elements of a good waterproof are that it is both waterproof and windproof. The more expensive vartieties are made of breathable fabric. If you are in doubt about your waterproof please get in touch with us. Likewise waterproof leggins are useful but not essential and can be bought quite cheaply.
Most people have a rucksack of sorts and generally these are suitable for short day walks. If you decide to use your own it should be large enough to carry your spare sweater, lunch and waterproofs. A small daysac of around 25-30 litres capacity should be adequate, ideally it will have a waist belt and you will need to find a suitable plastic bag/bin liner to place inside to guarantee the contents stay dry.
Essentially you can bike in the clothing you have for walking in, the same principles of layering apply and spare clothing is carried in a small rucksack or on the bike itself.
This must have a waist belt in order for it to be kept securely on the back and we do have a selection of these for you to use although some of our bikes have rear carriers already fitted.
In winter and in the wet, lightweight walking boots are ideal for biking, in summer a decent pair of trainers will be fine.
In the warmer months shorts are ideal for biking in, providing trousers/leggins are carried as well. You may wish to invest in a cheap pair of lycra padded cycling shorts, the adittional padding around the bum is well worth it, particularly if you intend to bike again in the future. Jeans are not suitable for biking in.
We will provide a suitable, fully serviced mountain bike with the necessary gearing to help you up the hills - yes there are hills in Wales but we do try and avoid any huge ones! We have some comfortable saddles as well. If you have your own bike and would like to use it please ensure it is serviced and you have two (2) spare inner tubes in case of punctures. We use mountain bikes as some of our customers enjoy more remote 'off road' biking, however a full suspension 'state of the art' bike is not necessary for general trail riding and providing your bike passes our pre-ride inspection, feel free to bring your own.
We strongly advise a helmet is worn during all biking activities and to this end we supply suitable cycle helmets which are replaced annually. If you have your own please ensure it is in good condition and fits properly.
We provide all the essential equipment for canoeing.
We have a selection of 'long john' wetsuits. These are one piece suits that have no arms. There is no requirement to wear a wetsuit although you may be strongly advised to do so in the colder months of the year. Indeed in the summer months shorts and T-Shirt will usually (hopefully!) be more suitable. However a wetsuit does provide protection against the cold and is also windproof.
We provide a waterproof paddle jacket to go over the wetsuit. This has elasticated wrists and waist and a neoprene neck seal for comfort.
Wet suit boots
We have a selection of wet-suit boots to keep your feet warm during canoeing. however if you wish to wear an old pair of trainers/pumps please feel free to do so. We also ask that if you have a foot condition such as 'Athletes Foot' you supply your own footwear.
A bouyancy aid is not inflatable, the inflatable variety are called lifejackets. We provide bouyancy aids which are suitable for the activity.
We strongly advise a helmet is worn during all canoeing activities. We have a stock of helmets that you can use.
Using your own equipment
Providing it passes the pre-activity inspection and you wish to use your own equipment please feel free to do so.
Other clothing suggestions
A good base layer T-Shirt under the wet suit is advised as this provides an additional warm layer. You may also wish to wear a pair of woolen socks under the wet-suit boots. A swimsuit will be the most appropriate garment for use under the wetsuit. An old pair of trainers or pumps are ideal for the warmer months.
You will need to bring: