In reply to MM3XGP:
Hi Gordon, you say you are an accomplished hill walker, so you will be aware of clothing/footwear/safety gear/food etc, so I presume you are more interested in what radio equipment to take on an activation.
I am not the best qualified to offer advice, but here’s what I take with me…
The most important item/s in my opinion is suitable antennae for the band/s you are going to operate. Try and avoid the dreaded rubber duck for VHF/UHF. The sotabeam, details available on this site, is excellent, it is ultra lightweight and is mountable either vertical or horizontal on most poles.
I would recommend buying the sotabeam complete kit including a guying kit for your pole, plus three ground pegs and the coaxial feeder, plus a little bag with spares.
For HF, build yourself a linked dipole, resonant on the frequencies you use, see John GW4BVEs antenna on Flickr, dimensions are included.
You want a good telescopic fishing pole to mount your antennae on, I buy mine, the 6.7 metre one right at the bottom of the page, model 1056 700 at just £8 each, from www.jims.org.uk/fishing/poles.htm
You will need suitable feeder for your HF antenna.
I always carry at least two elasticated bungees for mounting my pole to a fence or trig.
I carry insulation tape, scissors and pliers and spare fuses as an emergency repair kit.
Some type of log book and at least 3 pens/pencils.
Batteries. Most activators seem to opt for the SLAB type of battery, these are great and can be carried without fear of chemical spillage. I take two with me, both 12v @ 7ah, one stays in the car as back up.
Radios, take what you wish, the FT817 is a common choice, it’s very versatile and offers up to 5 watts output from a SLAB, it also has an internal battery which is a handy back up.
Foldable headphones, very useful on crowded summits or in windy conditions.
If you intend to operate cw, the palm paddle is superb, very light and the paddles retract into the body of the paddle for safe transportation.
I always take a groundsheet of some description, great to sit on and keep equipment of the ground. Also carry a few plastic bags, these are used to protect equipment from the rain.
Pack all items in a good, comfortable rucksack.
Optional is a camera to record the event and share the images via Flickr and a portable gps device, keeps you on the right route, also useful to determine height within 25m vertical rule.
Hope this helps.
73 Mike GW0DSP