Winter walking

Winter walking

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.

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Starting out in winter walking

Starting out in winter walking

by Bruce Goodlad

International Mountain Guide Bruce Goodlad explains the skills and equipment required to safely explore hills and mountains in winter conditions.

Preparation and planning for winter walking

Preparation and planning for winter walking

by Bruce Goodlad

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.

Winter clothing

Winter clothing

by Bruce Goodlad

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.

Winter walking checklist

Winter walking checklist

by Bruce Goodlad

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 for winter walking

Group management for winter walking

by Nigel Williams

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.

Emergencies for walkers and mountaineers

Emergencies for walkers and mountaineers

by Scott Muir

Scott Muir offers some valuable information on dealing with emergencies and looks at ways of avoiding them.

Footwork on snow and ice

Footwork on snow and ice

by Allen Fyffe MBE

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.

Ropework

Ropework

by Allen Fyffe MBE

This article covers belays, belaying and selecting appropriate anchors for winter ropework.

Harnesses

Harnesses

by Bruce Goodlad

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.

Snow and ice anchors

Snow and ice anchors

by Allen Fyffe MBE

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.

How to use crampons

How to use crampons

by Allen Fyffe MBE

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.

How to use an ice axe

How to use an ice axe

by Allen Fyffe MBE

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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