13 Tips for Scottish winter walking and climbing
1. Get as Fit as you Can
2. Check Avalanche Reports
3. Check Weather Reports
Check the weather reports the night before. Weather predictions are not certainties as wind speeds change and storm fronts might arrive sooner than expected. Err on the side of caution!
4. Learn How to Navigate
5. Be Disciplined
6. Keep your Belay Jacket for Belays
Resist the temptation to climb in it unless you absolutely have to. If you do climb with it on, there is a good chance it will end up damp due to sweat and/or spindrift.
7. Start your Walk Cold
8. Eat and Drink Regulary
9. Gloves, Gloves and More Gloves!
Take 3+ liners so you can swap them when they get wet. Waterproof gloves do not mean you won’t get wet hands. Back-up mitts or a spare pair of warm gloves are a really good idea.
10. Remember the Days are Short in Winter
11. Topping Out
12. Try Not to Rack up on a Slope
13. Think About Where you Belay