- Get the lowdown on where you’re heading
- Kit Manufacturers
- Weather Forecasts
- Climbing and Mountaineering Websites
- Literature and Cartography
- Do Something Different
Get the lowdown on where you’re heading:
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office Very comprehensive travel advice from the government (which naturally errs on the side of caution)
- ATOL Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing. Our ATOL number is 10132
There are a vast number of manufacturers out there making a ton of kit. Here is a selection of our recommended brands:
- Berghaus Our preferred manufacturer of clothing and backpacks and our main supplier – their gear has topped the majority of our summits!
- Mountain Equipment UK manufacturers of excellent sleeping bags and clothing systems and one of our preferred suppliers
- Mountain Hardwear Our first choice for tents on our wetter expeditions such as Kilimanjaro
- Mammut World class ropes and climbing hardware, excellent clothing for mountaineering and skiing, superb sleeping bags and mats and another of our preferred suppliers
- Vango Our first choice for Himalayan tents, and manufacturer of excellent camping accessories
- OverBoard Excellent waterproof duffel bags (that also keep out sand), and a host of other ways of keeping your gear dry in wet environments and another of our preferred suppliers
- Power Traveller Staying connected on our expeditions is key – for safety crucially, but also to get updates, weather forecasts and the like – as well as staying in touch with loved ones. We’re big fans of their power banks especially.
- PHD Mountain Software Specialist down gear, made in the UK
- Scarpa Mountain boots
- La Sportiva Mountain boots
- TopOut Oxygen 360 expeditions uses only the best systems when heading high. TopOut is the advanced oxygen delivery system designed by Ted Atkins, a fellow mountaineer and a friend of 360. On the high peaks it’s the getting back that counts, and if you can get back having been to the top then you are a winner.
- Rab Well known for the quality of their insulative gear
- Osprey Reputable backpacks
- Terra Nova and Extremities We’re a fan of their tents, may of which are made in the UK
- Black Diamond Equipment Climbing hardware, packs and trekking poles
- Petzl Climbing hardware, ice axes and very good head torches
- Grivel Ice climbing equipment
- Julbo Glacier glasses (as fashioned by Rolfe!)
- Stubai-Sport Mountaineering equipment
Most high streets have at least one gear shop but here’s where we go:
- Cotswold Outdoor With outlets nationwide, Cotswold offers a good range of clothing, competitively priced. All 360 Expeditions trekkers and climbers are eligible for a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor and their partner stores (Snow & Rock, Runners Need and Cycle Surgery) – we’ll send you the code once you’ve booked, but ask us if you need more info!
- Outdoor Hire If you don’t want to buy everything, hiring is a good option and these guys stock a wide range of quality gear, freshly laundered for you. All 360 Expeditions trekkers and climbers are eligible for a 10% discount you can use at the checkout. Code will be sent on request.
- Find Your Feet A great outdoors store for all our Australia based clients and they’ve offered all 360 climbers and trekkers a 20% discount on their gear. Once booked onto one of our trips, do just ask for the code!
Knowing what the weather is doing is critical if you’re heading for the hills wherever you are:
- Mountain Forecast Fantastic site for hundreds of mountain ranges around the world
- The Met Office
- BBC weather
- Mountain Weather Information Service
- SportScotland Avalanche Information Service
- XC Weather A Fantastic site for UK wind forecasts, ideal if you’re thinking about a day paragliding
- RASP A detailed look at thermal updrafts and wind currents
Below we have listed some of the insurance companies that our trekkers have used in the past. They are in no particular order and we have no information on whether any claims were made and how they were dealt with! We would stress that just because past trekkers have used them, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be able to provide appropriate cover for you – before you purchase you should have a careful read through and ensure that your policy provides suitable cover for your own personal circumstances.
To travel with 360, your travel insurance must cover you for, at a minimum, mountain rescue, repatriation and medical expenses whilst trekking to the altitude of your chosen expedition.
We’d also advise the usual travel insurance cover for pre-trip cancellation etc. We cannot stress highly enough the importance of disclosing any pre-existing medical conditions.
You will need to check the limit of your chosen insurer’s cover and, with some of them, you may need to look at an “Adventure Travel” or “Extreme Adventure” add-on. It’s quite often worth just giving them a quick call and getting a quote on the phone as you can explain exactly what you’re doing and go through exactly what they cover e.g. if you have a nice camera then, potentially, you’ll want to look at what the limit of their single item cover is etc.
Do be aware that if you are getting single trip cover, you might not be able to purchase this until a year before your departure date. We also advise shopping around!
- Global Rescue
- Insure and Go
- JS Travel Insurance
- The BMC
- Trip Assure
- The Austrian Alpine Club (Knox)
- Travel Insurance Asda
- Campbell Irvine Direct
- Big Cat Travel Insurance
- The True Traveller (we have a partnership with True Traveller, and this is an affiliate link
- SafetyWings (perfect for digital nomads, and includes cover up to 4,500m)
- Seven Corners (an American travel insurance company, offers policies which cover medical expenses incurred due to Covid)
Here are some of the governing bodies and organisations overseeing our industry:
- The British Mountain Guides (BMG)
- Association Of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI)
- Mountain Leader Training England (MLTE)
- The British Mountaineering Council (BMC)
- The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS)
- The Alpine Ski Club
- Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
- The Royal Geographic Society (RGS)
Climbing and Mountaineering Websites
Here are a few sites to read all about climbing and mountaineering:
- UKClimbing.com Rolfe is a regular contributor to the UK’s most popular climbing website and forums
- Worldclimb.com Excellent climbing directory
- Trek & Mountain magazine Raj has a regular column
- Alpinist.com Online version of the magazine
- Adventurestats.com For the geekier among you, detailed statistics on 8000m peaks and the Seven Summits
- Climb Magazine
- Climbing Magazine
- Rock & Ice magazine
Literature and Cartography
We’ve had a lot of fun putting together our reading lists and, though you can buy everything on them from Amazon, we love supporting local businesses so if you want to go and browse or you’re looking for maps or really specialist stuff, there are a few we love to head to:
- Stanfords World famous travel book and maps retailer
- Rockfax Climbing/bouldering guides and downloads
- Elstead Maps A wide selection of maps
- Harvey Maps
- Pinnacle Books Second hand mountaineering books
Do Something Different
If you’ve climbed every mountain, why not try something else…
- Papilio Not just our office, but also a stunning C19th guest house in the Pyrenees, managed by Rolfe and Marni and a great base for walking, skiing, biking and flying in the Pyrenees
- Comptoir Des Pyrenees Canyoning, hiking and other adventures in the Pyrenees!
- Soaring Based in the Pyrenees, Soaring offer paragliding for all levels, beginners to advanced, they also give guided support for those who already fly
- SkySchool Paragliding and paramotor school based mostly in Spain with its reliable weather, but also in Wiltshire, UK
- A Quick Release Awesome downhill mountain biking holidays based in Luchon in the Pyrenees, guided by champions
- Reef 2000 If you’re looking for a diving holiday we recommend Reef 2000, located in Dahab on the coast of the Red Sea
We haven’t really got a category for these, but we think you should know about them anyway!
- Joe’s Basecamp For all our Australian friends, if you are Sydney based this is the place to train and gain valuable advice on all our expeditions. Joe’s Basecamp also has incredible once- a-month inspirational talks, and works in partnership with 360 delivering excellence from pre sign up information and training to post expedition recovery.
- Mountain Drop Offs If you’re heading to Mont Blanc, we recommend Mountain Drop Offs for door to door airport transfers from Geneva – and can supply you with a discount code!
- The Altitude Centre London-based altitude training specialist – we can supply you with a discount code for mountaineering consultations! In their words: “The Altitude Centre lead the way when it comes to preparing for high altitude trips. Having supported record breaking climbs around the world, as well as thousands of first time trekkers, The Altitude Centre team can help you to understand what to expect from high altitude, and prepare your body to cope with the increased demands that it brings.”
- RoC Private Clinic Located in Harley Street, RoC Private Clinic is an independent private general practice providing a private family GP service, specialised travel and extreme sports consultations, health screening for both women and men and personalised courses and training programs
- Trekstock 360 are delighted to work with Trekstock to help them to raise funds in support of Cancer Research UK’s research into cancers that affect children and teenagers. They raise funds by creating the best music events, fashion collaborations and our specialist subject – treks
- Challenge Network If you’re trekking or climbing to raise money for a good cause, the Challenge Network lets you create an inexpensive but good looking website in minutes
- Graeme Fordham Photography Adventure photography. With his unique reportage style, Middle East based photographer Graeme Fordham undertakes projects worldwide
- SayYesMore 360 are delighted to work with SayYesMore, a non-profit social enterprise run by volunteers who like to encourage people to ‘Say Yes More’ and get involved in out door activities – making life memorable