Clothing and Equipment for Winter Mountain Walking

By 29th August 2018 June 14th, 2019 Kit Lists, Resources

Clothing and Equipment for Winter Mountain Walking

The following list of clothing and equipment for winter mountain walking should be useful in deciding what to wear/take in winter conditions (i.e. snow and ice is widespread):-

Base-layer top (Synthetic or synthetic/wool blend. Never cotton – “cotton kills”)
Base-layer leggings (optional – if you feel the cold)
Socks
Trousers (possibly thick soft-shell)
Fleece/insulation layer (x2 if you feel the cold)
Hard-shell waterproof jacket
Waterproof over-trousers (with side zips if possible)
Boots (fairly stiff to ensure suitability for crampons – B:1 absolute minimum or B:2 would be preferable)
Gaiters (optional)
Hat
Fleece buff or scarf
Thin thermal gloves (optional)
Thicker waterproof/insulated gloves (but not ski-gloves) (plus spare pair)
Goggles (ski goggles)
Crampons (compatible with and fitted for your boots)
Ice-axe (simple walking design, not technical climbing tools – eg DMM Cirque)
Ice-axe leash (optional, if preferred)
Map (Harvey maps are definitely recommended but OS Landranger 1:50000 and/or Explorer 1:25000 are also fine)
Compass
Whistle
Camera and case (optional)
Mobile phone and waterproof case (optional, but ubiquitous)
Head-torch plus spare batteries
Rucksack – probably 40 litres (or 50-60 litres if camping)
Dry-bags for packing stuff in
Bivi bag/survival bag
Personal medication (and simple treatments, eg blister kit)
Trekking poles (optional – if you prefer them)
Thermos flask and/or water bottle
Lunch snacks
Notebook & pen

Recommended reading:

http://www.mountain-training.org/publications/hill-walking
http://www.mountain-training.org/publications/navigation
http://www.mountain-training.org/publications/winter-skills
Scotland’s Winter Mountains, Martin Moran (David & Charles; 2nd Revised edition (31 Oct. 1998))

Recommended maps:

Harvey Ultramap Snowdonia North

Harvey Ultramap Cairngorms

Harvey Ultramap Ben Nevis

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Personal Clothing and Equipment – Winter Mountain Walking