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Staff Tips – Winter Walking

  1. Make sure you have plenty of suitable layers including a shell, a warm fleece and thermals. Lots of layers are better than few thick layers as they allow you to fine tune your temperature.
  2. Check your boots are suited to the level of activity that you intend doing and that they are compatible with crampons, making sure they are a secure fit. Before leaving for a walk in winter, adjust your crampons to fit your boots. This will prevent fiddling with your crampons on the mountain with cold hands.
  3. It is a good idea to wear a hat! You loose up to 70% of your body heat through your head. Gloves are also essential, and it’s also a good idea to carry spares.
  4. Plastic survival bags are small, cheep and lightweight and are an essential item if you get in a situation on the hills. It is recommended you always have one in your rucsac – hopefully you will never need to use it (but they make great sledges on a snowy slope!).
  5. An ice axe is an important piece of equipment to carry when there is snow on the ground and necessary for stability on the hill and self arrests.
  6. It will make your time on the hill safer and more fun if you know your equipment and how to use it all before you go. Winter skills courses are available at and our clinics.
  7. A headtorch (with spare batteries) is a useful item, especially as the winter nights draw in.
  8. It is always good to check the weather and avalanche reports before you go. A useful site is
  9. Planning your route and time on the hill is always advisable and let someone know these details. A map and compass are a must if you are heading off into the hills.
  10. Above all have fun, be safe and enjoy your time in the hills!