Get the right gear for your mountain outing
A mini-guide to the right clothes and shoes and what to bring in your backpack
As ever, the “I Suoni delle Dolomiti” festival ('Sounds of the Dolomites') is climbing skyward with Montura outdoor clothing and accessories. The festival and the sportswear brand share a passion for discovering new places and fresh forms of expression. A bond founded on the pleasure of exploring art and the mountains, together. As with the media projects under the Montura Editing umbrella, it’s all about enjoying the encounter between different ways of sharing ideas.
And for an adventure like this, it’s good to be well-equipped. So we’ve kitted you out with a mini-guide with all the info you’ll need to prepare for your mountain foray. There are tips on what to wear, essential items for your rucksack, and the right kind of footwear for a hilltop trek. Read on!
What should I wear?
Short trousers are great but only in summer and with a good pair of knee socks. From September into autumn, to hike up to the refuges and attend the 'I Suoni delle Dolomiti' concerts, long trousers are always your best bet. They’ll keep you warm and protect you from any scratches and insect bites in the woods and meadows. A good technical windproof jacket and moisture-wicking undershirt will prove an excellent investment. We recommend dressing in layers, with underwear, a T-shirt and fleece plus the jacket. Something to protect you from the sun – like a baseball cap or bandana – is advisable too.
What about shoes?
Deciding on the right shoes for a mountain trek is never easy. The shops have so many brands and models to choose from. It all depends on the kind of walking you have in mind, of course, and how high you plan to go. We suggest a classic water-repellent boot with plenty of ankle support for multi-day hikes or a lighter trekking shoe if you’re only going to be out for a few hours.
What should I bring with me?
A lightweight windproof or rain cape, for a start. The weather can change fast in the mountains: even if you set out in sunshine, a storm could easily brew up later in the day. So be sure to pack something to keep you warm, plus a change of clothing in case you sweat buckets or get wet. Bring a first-aid kit and a torch, in case nightfall takes you by surprise. Sunscreen is another rucksack essential, along with sunglasses and lip balm, as the sun and the wind are stronger at altitude. Don’t forget a bag to bring your rubbish back down with you – please help us keep the mountains free of litter for other walkers to enjoy after you.
First, bring a flask of water and electrolytes in your backpack. Never set off without something to eat; how much you need depends on how long you’ll be out. For an afternoon hike, some dates and an energy bar should suffice; but if you’re planning an all-dayer, pack plenty of sandwiches with your favourite protein-rich filling. The tastier the better. Or if you’re near a mountain hut, why not stop and eat there. You’ll find a warm welcome, excellent traditional food and an idyllic setting to pass the time with your family and friends.