This gear guide is aimed more at people planning easier walking and climbing routes and those who will or have done a Scottish winter course with an accredited guide or instructor (something we strongly recommend).
Winter climbing or hillwalking can be dangerous, and every individual should be responsible for their own safety. This is not a definitive guide, and part of the fun is gaining the experience of what works for you!
This is essential. There are a number of choices, but the best is the one that fits.
They are good options for alpine and waterfall ice climbing, and Scottish mountaineering. The DMMs have a more radical curve but are still good all-rounders.
Tools like the Petzlcharlet Nomic, Black Diamond Fusion and DMM Switches come into their own on hard, steeper ice or mixed routes.
Play around with the options to see which you prefer the feel of.
These are not ideal for icy cracks! If you are going to use them be aware they are more likely to slip in verglassed rock.
Some cable ties, safety pins and either a roll of electrical tape or gaffa tape.
Either a two-man bothy bag or at least a foil bag. Not only is a bothy bag a potentially life-saving piece of kit, but it also makes a great shelter to have lunch in when the weather is foul.
Keeping some high energy Clif Bars in your pack as an emergency snack is also a good idea. Having some food and something which blocks the wind and traps body heat can be the difference between an uncomfortable or horrific experience.
The Scottish winter isn’t always hard and grim! The winter scenery will take your breath away and make you glad you made the effort.