Winter mailing list

Subscribe to our winter e-mail list and we will keep you informed of extra courses and guided walks.

Because winter conditions can be fickle south of the border when it is 'in condition' we'll send a short e-mail out to get a course together at short notice.

Additionally if you would like to book us for a days winter walking and would like us to put an email out on this list to share the cost among more of you then let us know.

Winter Walking Kit List

The right kit when winter walking is important. Some of it is down to personal preference, though much is essential. Below is a recommended kit list, if you have any questions then please ask in advance of your trip.

If you don't have any of the following kit then please let us know beforehand. We can supply pretty much all of the following though we don't stock a large range of suitable winter walking boots (but we have a few pairs). See below for a list of companies who hire out winter kit.



  • Winter walking boots (ones designed to take a crampon).  
  • Crampons of the right sort to fit your boots
  • Ice Axe (preferably a walking axe 50-60cm)
  • Day or Expedition Rucksack (you'll probably need 40-50 litre) 
  • Thermals or suitable under clothing (optional)
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer (optional)
  • General trekking trousers / more leggings.
  • Good Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  • Waterproof over-trousers or salopettes
  • Thick socks 
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket 
  • Balaclava or hat and buff combo 
  • Mitts and / or gloves - a thin pair, thick pair (& maybe big mitts over the top or in your bag as spares!) 
  • Goggles (advice on buying goggles here)
  • Gaiters (not absolutely essential but they may save your waterproofs from an accidental crampon spike and stop snow going down your boots)
  • Whistle 
  • Head torch (Days are short... there is a strong chance we will plan to be out walking during dusk or darkness)
  • Spare batteries for your torch and / or spare torch
  • Water bottle 
  • Personal medication
  • Food
  • Thermos flask (Optional)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Map and Compass (and a map case if required)
  • Walking poles (optional, bring em if you usually use them)

Additional Kit for multi-day expeditions

  • Larger Rucksack (unless you have really good lightweight kit)
  • Sleeping bag / Bivi bag
  • Insulating roll mat
  • Stove
  • Winter Poo Kit
  • Toothbrush


In addition to all this your leader will be carrying the following emergency equipment. A rope, first aid kit, snow shovel, survival bag, group shelter and if you are lucky a bag of sweets.


People who Hire out winter kit



Cairngorm Mountain Sport and Cafe: 01479 810 903
Ellis Brigham: 01479 810 175
Mountain Spirit: Tel: 01479 811 788
Nevis Sport: 01479 810 239

Fort William

Cotswold Outdoor: 01397 747338
Ellis Brigham: 07397 706220
Nevis Sport: 0139 7704 921


Plas-y-Brenin: 01690 72021

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Winter Skills Feedback

"I really enjoyed this course and learnt a huge amount which I was able to put into practice. The third day was a consolidation day for me and I am glad I stayed on for it as I really became comfortable for the first time using the gear. Our grade 1 climb up Stob Coire nan Lochan pushed me and gave me a sense of achievement. Andy has great insights and use of psychology and helped me build confidence for the final tricky part of the ascent. Overall the trainer made this event what it was and I take my hat off to Andy’s good nature, professionalism and ability. "

Tony Dolman



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