winter skills
  • Rucksack – For a winter walking day you will need a 35-45 litre rucksack. For a winter climbing day you will need a larger 45-55 litre rucksack. Make sure you have a waterproof liner for any spare clothing. Make sure everything can fits easily (harder to pack with gloves on on the hill, bigger is better).
  • Boots – For a winter skills or winter walking a B2, 4 season leather or plastic boot will suffice. For climbing courses you will need a B3 fully rigid leather or plastic boot. consider a “blister kit” if renting or using plastic boots.
  • Socks – A thick synthetic or smart wool type sock with a thin liner.
  • Gaiters – A tough pair to prevent snow getting in your boot and to protect your expensive trousers.
  • Crampons – A pair of 12 point crampons with anti-balling plates and a crampon bag (old gaiter works well). Make sure that are compatible with your boots and fitted prior to going out. C1/2 for walking courses, c2/3 for climbing.
  • Axes – Walking and winter skills will require a straight shafted, general mountaineering axe approx 55-65 cm long. For climbing course you will need a pair of technical axes and leashes.
  • Repair kit – small repair kit for crampons (cable ties, gaffa tape and appropriate alan key for your crampon)
  • Helmet – All winter courses. big enough to fit over a hat.
  • Climbing hardware – provided, but feel free to bring your own, ideally you will bring at least; a belay plate (double rope type), a 120cm sling, 2 prussic s, and 3 screw gate carabiners.
  • Harness – adjustable with gear loops and fits over your winter layers.
  • Goggles – essential, consider low light lenses for Scotland.
  • Sunglasses, sun cream and lip balm.
  • Compass and maps for navigation courses.
  • Head torch and Spare batteries ideally LED.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers These should be breathable, waterproof and hard wearing. Very lightweight gear will easily rip in the winter mountain environment. Make sure your trousers have leg zips so they can be pulled on over boots.
  • Trousers – soft shell or similar warm trousers.
  • Thermal base layer A thin synthetic or wool thermal top and a long johns.
  • Mid layers – a layering system consisting of various fleece layers i.e. micro fleece, fleece.
  • Insulated Belay Jacket – Ideally synthetic for Scottish conditions (down does not perform well when wet)
  • Gloves – 2-3 pairs, they will get wet and you will need to change them. Consider a thinner more dexterous pair for climbing and a thicker, pre warmed (in your jacket) belay pair plus at least one spare pair.
  • Hat – slim enough to fit under a helmet, consider a balaclava
  • Mobile phone, and waterproof case.
  • Trekking poles – not essential but highly recommended.
  • Food – Easy to eat on the hoof food, fill your pockets with snacks, consider calories, you may be burning in excess of 4000 calories / day.
  • Durable flask with hot drink.