To be properly equipped for geological fieldwork, particularly for the higher physical demand courses, you need the correct type of footwear. We strongly recommend lightweight hiking boots with appropriate ankle and foot support, protection and grip. Training shoes are not suitable for fieldwork, but of course may be worn during non-field activity. Blisters can be a problem and we therefore advise that if your boots are new and are not broken in, you may wish to wear more than one pair of socks. If you have not worn your boots for some time, you are encouraged to reacquaint your feet with them before the course starts. Please be fully aware that participants who do not have appropriate footwear may be denied access to certain outcrops.
We recommend a range of clothing, which will allow for layered dressing, adaptable to the possible weather variances. Most of the time trousers/pants with a short-sleeved shirt are suitable, but it is advisable to take extra layers and full waterproofs in your backpack. A wide brimmed or warm hat, depending on weather conditions, is essential. A bandana or scarf can also provide additional protection.
- A backpack for carrying spare clothes, field guide, notebook, camera, water bottle, lunch etc.
- Sunscreen (SPF 30+ is recommended), lip balm with sunscreen and hand lotion are also recommended
- Insect repellent; those containing DEET are most effective but can produce a reaction to sensitive skin and possible degrading of clothing
- Sunglasses with 100% UVA protection are strongly advised
- A camera, binoculars and a compass-clino can be useful (occasionally this may say essential)
- A personal first aid kit and traveller’s drugs e.g. band aid/plasters, blister pack, diarrhoea drugs, rehydration/salt replacement sachets, etc is strongly advised
- Some participants have found walking poles useful
- There may be some specialised requests added on a course by course case