Winter walking is a big (but worthwhile) step up from summer walking. Here are some tips on all subjects from avalanche awareness to ropework, starting out to winter clothing, emergencies to footwork on snow and ice, and how to use crampons and ice axes.
International Mountain Guide Bruce Goodlad explains the skills and equipment required to safely explore hills and mountains in winter conditions.
Before you set off, you must be as well prepared as possible to avoid any mishaps or inconvenience. Bruce Goodlad looks at the preparations for a winter walking or mountaineering trip.
This article covers what clothing is needed for the hills in winter. It discusses the layering system and the pros and cons of different types of insulation.
It is so easy to forget vital items of equipment when going to the winter hills for a walking or mountaineering trip. Bruce Goodlad lays out a checklist of things to prepare before you leave home and what to take with you.
Group management issues relating to other walking activities such as hill walking or rambling are equally applicable to winter walking but in winter the importance of pre-planning, weather interpretation, composition of the group, equipment being used, etc. are exaggerated by the higher degree of risk.
Scott Muir offers some valuable information on dealing with emergencies and looks at ways of avoiding them.
Moving on snow and ice can be a tricky business. But like any activity, understanding and mastering the key skills will make you proficient, efficient and safe. Allen Fyffe explains how to use your boots as tools to maintain your security.
This article covers belays, belaying and selecting appropriate anchors for winter ropework.
A harness is a more comfortable way of attaching a rope to your body when winter walking or mountaineering. There are a bewildering number of harnesses on the markets. This article guides through the plethora of choice to help you find the one that's right for you.
This article covers the key anchors that you can use in snow or ice: Deadman, buried axe anchor, T-axe anchor, snow bollard, ice screws, ice screw threads, ice bollards.
Crampons are a foolproof way to traverse ice or hard, slippery snow - provided you know how to use them. Allen Fyffe shows you how to master them quickly and safely.
Possessing an ice axe is one thing - knowing how to use is quite another. On snow or ice your ice axe is your most valuable asset. Allen Fyffe explains the key techniques to get you out of trouble.
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