Gideon is crappy at foraging, being loud and clumsy (yay for stereotypes). He'll be at the front of the group, carrying the prospector (Estwick) who is armed with a crossbow. He'll chop through bush, too. Given our rather meager supplies and his rather obscene carrying capacity, he's more than willing to haul anything we need.
So far, he has but Estwick's tools, some torches, firm rope, crampons, a few spikes. A thick woolen cloak stashed away, to protect him at night and in rain, a blanket to serve also as a tent. Kindling, whetstone, knife.