Sealskinz: What’s in the bag?

I’ve been working with Sealskinz for a while now, and recently they asked me to get involved in their ‘What’s in the bag’ campaign.  Basically, Sealskinz wants to know the things that go into your summer pack that you just can’t do without, and the things that you hope you won’t need but are ‘must pack’ items. With the British summer about to be upon us, Sealskinz accessories are definitely in the latter category!

Sealskinz will begin its search for the nation’s best prepared packs from the middle of June with weekly prizes for the most innovative ideas posted to its social media.

So, what do you need to do to be in with a chance of winning some great Sealskinz gear?! Well, it’s super easy – entrants should tweet pictures of their packs to @sealskinz with the hashtag #sealskinzinthebag, tag @sealskinzinsta in their Instagram pictures with the hashtag #sealskinzinthebag or post their packs with explanations of the contents to

To give you a flavour of the sort of thing Sealskins are looking for, here’s a bit of a sneak peak into my Scottish summer sport climbing pack:

My sport climbing pack for Scotland!

My sport climbing pack for Scotland!

– Rope and gear – I’ve got a mix of sport and trad gear in my bag, it’s all quite heavy and clunks about a lot – climbers can usually be heard before they’re seen.

– Climbing shoes – specially designed for moving on rock with super sticky soles, they’re also light, and neatly fitted to the feet.

– Patagonia rain shell – well it is Scotland, and even though it’s summer, it’s probably going to rain! I love this pink colour, it’s very me plus it looks great in photos. This particular shell is really light, but made from a fabric that is really durable – perfect for getting scrapped along rock faces.

– Fleece – there’s a lot of hanging around involved with climbing, this fleece from Crewroom is perfect for slipping on and off easily, it’s also got lots of features like a mesh hood and zipped pockets that come in very handy when you’re on the end of a rope.

– I store my fleece and rain shell in a 20L Sealskinz Drysack along with a climbing guide book (currently 7a Max Scottish Sport), Breo sunglasses and watch, a Sealskinz cable beanie and a swiss army knife. The Sealskinz Drysacks are really great, and the clear patch is really useful for identifying what’s inside.

– Sealskinz Fairfield Gloves – perfect for when it rains or gets a bit cold. The grippy palms make them great for climbing in poor conditions, and also for protecting hands on really rough rock.

– 8L Sealskinz Drysack – used for storing my extra little bits, such as boiled wool mittens, a head torch and spare hat. If I’m going somewhere remote, I’ll also carry a storm shelter in here too.

– Climbing harness – this is what climbers wear on their person and use to attach themselves to the rope.

– Chalk and chalk bag – helps makes hands nice and grippy for on rock.