How to prepare for Cairngorm?

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clickclack Senior Member • Posts: 1,524
How to prepare for Cairngorm?

I realize this must sound silly, but I was born in a flat country (Netherlands) and then moved to Belgium. Belgium is also flat, but has the Ardennes that reach around 600-700 meters in altitude.

If all (i.e. corona) goes well, I will be visiting Cairngorm at the end of January, next year.

I feel very excited, but also want to prepare well.

Here is my "guestimate" of what to bring along or could otherwise think of:

  • We don't return to the same place for sleeping every night. Therefore, I should come with only one hiking backpack (have a 50 L) and avoid bringing too much.
  • Focal range: 23mm, 32-64mm. Would you still recommend a telelens?
  • Clothing: No cotton - I suppose a base layer, a midlayer jacket, and outer jacket are recommended, as well as gloves, as temperatures will be around freezing point?
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Filters: CPL, ND
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Compass / GPS
  • Good shoes
  • Emergency kit with pain killers
  • Trekking poles: I usually do without them, although I can see why many people swear by them.
  • Some physical fitness training could be wise for preparation
  • Garmin InReach

I have never been to the mountains before and have no idea how it compares to my usual one-day hikes in the Ardennes in Belgium. So, please feel free to comment! (Just keep it nice )



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