Personal Kit

  • How much should my rucksack weigh? Is there a weight limit?

    We want to ensure the safety of all participants on expedition, especially when carrying a loaded rucksack full of kit.

    The DofE state that your rucksack should not weigh more than 25% of your body weight. We have sets of hand scales available to weigh your rucksack before you set off but ask that you come to your expedition with an accurate idea of what your bodyweight is (in kilograms). We have a limited number of sets of bodyweight scales in case you forget but please don’t rely on this as they may not be available on every expedition.

    You need to remember that you will have your personal share of the AE group kit that is distributed to your team to factor into your weight allowance. Group kit includes: tents, stoves and pans, gas canisters for stoves, group shelter, waterproof maps, group first aid kit. Your personal share of the group kit given to your team should weigh a maximum of 4kg.

    To give you a rough guide of the weight limit of the items that you pack to bring with you from your kit list you should therefore calculate:
    25% of your body weight LESS 4kg = max weight available to pack.

    Ideally you should aim to pack as lightly as possible while still having all of the things that you need and that are listed on the personal kit list for your programme. Ensure that you don’t pack any extra or unnecessary items and look for lighter alternatives wherever possible. Your instructors will be able to help advise you and answer any questions that you have. If you have questions in advance of your programme, use the Contact form on our website and we can help point you in the right direction.

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