"Something I said to a friend a while ago was that for me, having the right kit is important because ultimately, if something goes wrong, that stuff could save my life. And if I wasn’t carrying extra layers or wearing the right layers, then you could get into a lot of trouble and I just don’t want to be in that position or put my friends in that position.
I often pack for every eventuality in my kit bag, and then when I get to my accommodation I’ll check the forecast for the next day and pack my day bag with everything I need. Even if it doesn’t forecast rain, I’ll still take my waterproofs!
When I’d just started out, the kit I had was OK but I hadn’t had proper fitted boots, I didn’t have proper waterproofs or anything like that, and at the time you just took it as a given that if it rained, you got wet. And it’s only when I started going through the training and had my boots fitted for me, and it was a really pivotal moment, and it just makes everything so much easier."