Walking boots must be walked-in and well-fitting, with at least
one pair of thick woollen socks. The soles should be thick, and with
sufficient tread to give good grip on rocks and wet ground. They should also
keep the feet dry, and provide ankle support on rocks and rough ground. DMS
boots are the minimum acceptable standard. It must be emphasised that cadets
will not be allowed to take part in any activity where their footwear is not
adequate for the expected conditions. These conditions will certainly
include rocky and boggy ground, and possibly some snow or ice on footpaths.
Weather conditions can fluctuate widely during a mountain walk-
especially in November. Clothing should therefore be layered to cope with
widely fluctuating temperatures and wind conditions. Woollen or synthetic
"thermal" materials are preferable to cotton, which provides no
warmth when wet. Trousers should allow freedom of movement when walking,
scrambling or climbing. Jeans will not be permitted for walking, as they
offer no protection against cold or wind when wet.
DPM (combat) clothing is not suitable, and should not be brought