Equip yourself for the Global Adventure Challenges - Thunder Walk or similar long distance walks and events.

The 12-13th May sees the Global Adventure Challenges - Thunder Walk hitting the Brecon Beacons National Park. The challenge is 54 miles of offroad walking throughout the Beacons in 24hrs.

The following is our recommendation for kit that will help you complete such an event comfortably and safely, whilst adding the minimum weight and bulk to your lightweight pack. Most of this kit should be taken with you for any long distance off-road walk, however, in the case of the Thunderwalk where you have a team support vehicle that meets you at checkpoints you may be able to leave some of it in the car for some or all of the legs.

You will need Ordnance Survey OL12 and a waterproof case or OL12 laminated and a compass such as the Silva Ranger for the Thunderwalk.

As a rucksack to put everything in, we recommend 20-30 litres and as light as possible without compromising on comfort and support on shoulders and hip belts. Our favourites are the Salomon XA20 and Lowe Alpine Lightflight 28 at only 450 and 410g respectively.

What if it rains? Once again light is right for waterproof jackets and trousers. Our top recommendations are the Marmot Nano Jacket (£193.16) and Womens Nano Jacket made from Gore-Tex Paclite and weighing in at only 235 and 218g respectively, this jacket will prove very useful for other activities as well, however, if you want ultratiny and can compromise slightly on breathability and durability, but at a slightly nicer price (£122.92) then the Montane Minimus Jacket weighs only 215g. We recommend the Montane Minimus Pants (£87.80) as the ideal choice as these tend to get much less wear than a jacket. They weigh 125g, pack to the size of a small apple and offer unrestricted freedom of movement wthout flapping about. For those where this is a one off event the Marmot Precip Jacket and Pants for men and women are a good option with jackets from £59.90 and pants from £39, but they won't offer the same levels of breathability and cutting edge light weight (371 and 255g for jacket and pants respectively).

A good deal of the walk might be during the night and so a headtorch is vital on a lot of events. We recommend the Petzl Tikka range for most people as they are light, compact, reliable with massive battery duration and give very good lighting to walk by. Make sure you get one of the higher powered ones to enable you to navigate with, such as the Tikka Plus 2 or Tikka XP 2. If you may need to do complex night navigation on future events then consider the slightly heavier but more powerful Myo RXP. Oh and make sure your batteries are new or fully charged before you start.

Keep yourself going with a flask of something warm in the support vehicle, a hydration bladder full of liquid or bottles that you can get at easily and quickly without taking your pack off. A good choice of rucksack helps again here (see above). Water isn't always the best thing to keep you hydrated and its worth having some electrolytes with you to help your body absorb the water better and replace some minerals lost through sweating. We like the High 5 Zero Sport tabs which are easy to carry and drop in your bottle/bladder. Alternatively High 5 again make sachets of powder some of which include carbs for a bit of energy and maybe even a drop of caffeine to kick start you again. Energy Gels provide a great boost but need a bit of water to help them down, whilst Energy and Sports bars will give you something substantial to chew on. Take a mix of them so that you won't get fed up during the day.

In your pack for emergencies / injuries should be:

SOL Emergency Bivvy

Tornado Whistle

SOL Moleskin

Personal First Aid Kit like the Lifesystems Light and Dry Micro

Spare clothes including a light warm hat like the Arc'teryx Phaser Toque which includes a peak so can double as a sun hat, alternatively a Montane Pace Cap for keeping the sun off with an Up and Under Meraklon balaclava in the pack in case it all goes wrong. Also a lightweight, low bulk insulation layer like a

Spares that should live in the support vehicle include a towel, spare socks and talcum powder.

If you enjoy this kind of thing why not look up the LDWA - Long Distance Walkers Asssociation, members of which can get further discounts in store at Up and Under in Cardiff CF5 1BL upon production of their membership card.

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