In the interests of health and safety, all attendees of our courses should be dressed and equipped appropriately to carry our the necessary tasks that our courses entail. We strongly recommend reading over or downloading a copy of our Winter Kit List for our courses.
Good boot choice is crucial; Comfort and fit should be allow for “big days out” whilst also being stiff enough to be worn with crampons. Asolo Sherpa GV, (B2 boots compatible with semi-automatic crampons). La Sportiva Nepal Evo, Scarpa Jorasses ProX (B3 boots compatible with automatic/step in crampons for more technical winter climbing).
Even a “shortie” ankle gaiter is worth wearing to keep snow out of boots and to prevent tripping on laces…yes it does happen!
A well thought out layering system is best for winter conditions; base layers of thin Merino wool or similar, a mid layer of fleece or a “soft shell” with Goretex hard shell for wind and rain/snow protection.
The crampons should be compatible with your chosen boots and have front points. Clip-on crampons are easier to use in poor weather. Crampon compatibility information
For winter mountaineering and basic winter skills courses, a general mountaineering axe will suffice. For all winter climbing, more technical tools (ie axe and hammer) will be needed.
Depending on demand, we may be able to hire these to you before you commit to buying yourself.
Winter harnesses work best with adjustable leg loops, due to thicker clothing being worn, and with large gear loops for more “chunky” hardware.
At 1000m, there is 40% more UV in the atmosphere than at sea level. It doesn’t need to be sunny to damage eyes (but sometimes the sun does shine in Scotland!). So carry a quality pair of sunglasses and some double lens goggles (a “life saver” in blizzards).
Map, Compass, Headtorch (with fresh batteries), Bivvi Bag, Food (lots of small snacks work best in pockets) and hot/cold fluids.