Within the first weeks of the program, we will talk about the best gear options, so do not rush out and buy new things too soon.

As a standard for YSAR exercise you will be required to have the following items. Instruction will be given to you when you start as to what the gear requirements are. We do not expect you to have all the equipment on this list the first month of YSAR.

If you want to know more about each equipment item check out our gear information here.


YSAR will issue new students with a basic start-up kit. This includes essential items that students will need for weekend exercises. Start-up kits include:

  • Cooking Stove
  • Head Lamp
  • Survival Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Pack Liner
  • Reflectorised Vest
  • Compass
  • Reusable Emergency Blanket


  • Tramping boots
  • Polypropylene or merino underwear and longjohns X 2
  • Warm jersey or jacket (overwear, fleecy)
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Trousers/Pants
  • Shirt X 2
  • Socks X 2 minimum
  • Gloves
  • Balaclava/beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Parka
  • Over-trousers
  • Towel


  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Pocket knife, whistle, compass
  • Pack
  • Toiletries including toilet paper – plastic bag for alpine extraction
  • Eating utensils and plate
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Sunblock and insect repellent
  • Overnight Shelter – tent, fly, bivvy bag
  • Billy, stove, fuel and matches/lighter
  • Sufficient food for the length of the exercise
  • Drinking bottle/bladder 2l
  • Snack food
  • Sleeping bag and ground mat