Scottish winter mountaineering can mean anything from hillwalking to technical climbing, and the footwear and equipment requirements are different for every activity.
Not only that, but Scottish winter weather can vary in the space of a single day, so it is always best to be prepared for the worst.
This gear guide is for those who are planning less challenging routes, and those who have done/will do a Scottish winter course with an accredited guide (which we strongly recommend). However, it is not exhaustive, and every individual should take responsibility for their own safety.
Getting the right boots is the difference between a comfortable day and a very uncomfortable, if not painful one.
Depending on your activity, standard walking boots may not be sufficient. You will most likely need to consider a pair of general mountaineering boots like the Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (pictured).
This is the layer next to your skin. Base layers help move sweat away from your skin and provide warmth. Good choices include the Arc’teryx Phase AR or Arc'teryx Covert.
Lightweight and insulating, fleeces make great mid layers. For somebody who really feels the cold, a lightweight synthetic hybrid top can be used, however these are not as breathable as a fleece or some soft shells, and can be a bit sweaty.