Six 'fast & light' experts reveal the items they won't go on a big journey without

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David Lintern, crossed Scotland this year by foot and packraft, taking in seven Munros along the way.

  • Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar shelter
  • PHD Minimus Jacket with hood
  • Trail Designs Ti-Tri stove
  • Black Diamond click-lock walking poles
  • ViewRanger mapping software.


Steven Fallon, holder of the record for the most rounds of the Munros (15!)

Inov8 Mudclaw fell shoes. Next would be my trusty old Casio Altimeter, map (I do like the Harvey Mountain Map series). Silva Expedition compass (you're entrusting your life to one of these, so I'd never buy a budget compass) and some midge repellent.


Liz Thomas (pictured), holder of the record for the fastest women's unsupported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

  • Sawyer Mini Filter run inline through a Platypus hose
  • Darn Tough Ultra Light Merino 1/4-length run/bike socks
  • Trail Designs Caldera Cone Kep-F System with the Gram Cracker Esbit stove.
  • Mountain Laurel Designs' Rain Kilt, eVent Rain Mits and LightSnow gaiters.
  • A QiWiz potty trowel.


Dr Andrew Murray, completed a round of Scotland's 10 highest mountains in just 13 hours.

Shoes are number one – comfort being key. A Buff as it has lots of uses – hat/ sweatband/emergency toilet roll! A compass (Silva); mobile phone; and my coach – Donnie Campbell.


Will Renwick, TGO's Editorial Assistant and the youngest person to walk around the 1034-mile perimeter of Wales.

  • LifeStraw Go water bottle
  • Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite
  • The North Face Gold Kazoo sleeping bag
  • Sea to Summit Alpha Lite cutlery
  • Buff


Alan Hinkes, the first Briton to climb the world's 14 mountains over 8000m.

A good shell jacket, lightweight footwear such as trainers and Hanwag's Banks GTX. My rucksack also always contains my camera and a map.