SCOTTISH WINTER KIT LIST
For climbing in winter it is very important to have a rigid soled boot preferably in plastic.
(Asolo, Koflack, Scarpa.) For mountaineering and walking a stiff soled leather boot is okay
such as; the Scarpa "Fitzroy" or" Alp", the La Sportiva "K3" or "Makalu", and the Meindl
"Super Crack." If you are unsure please ask.
Plastic boots can be hired in advance in Fort William.
Crampons should have ten or twelve points with two front pointing. Clip on type crampons
are easy to fit on plastic and some top spec leather boots, but you may have to use strap on
type crampons for most leather boots. Please ask if you are unsure.
For walking and general mountaineering an axe of 60 / 65cm. is adequate. For climbing a
shorter axe and hammer are required of 45/50cm. with a more aggressive inclined or drooped
pick design. Wrist loops should be fitted to axe's especially on climbing tools. Again please
ask for details if your unsure.
A winter harness can be light weight (alpine type), and must be fully adjustable to fit over
many layers of clothing, and can be put on over boots and crampons.
A harness is not required for the walking course.
Helmets are required for all courses including walking.
Lightweight waterproofs are often inadequate for full winter conditions. Therefore jackets
should be heavy duty with storm flaps over zips and have a well-designed hood that will fit
over a helmet.
Over trousers or salopets should be tough with full-length zips to allow them to be put on
over boots and crampons.
A 45 / 55 litre volume sack is best, one that has two ice axe attachments for climbing
courses. A strong plastic rucksack liner is also needed to keep the contents dry.
All course members should carry a one-person poly survival bag.
Essential for all courses.
Essential for all courses, along with spare battery and bulb.
First Aid Kit
A small basic pack with plasters and dressings for blisters
Map ( sheet 41 ) Compass, Whistle and Watch
The map should be weatherproofed.
For hot drinks on the hill.
It is very important to have warm good fitting gloves / mittens, but not too tight as this may
restrict circulation. Mittens are warmer (Dachsteins are good value) but are difficult to use
when placing or removing protection. A good idea is to wear thin inner gloves inside mittens,
with a short length of cord attached to the mitts with a loop worn around the wrist. This then
enables the mittens to be removed and let dangle without loosing them.
Hat, balaclava, thermals, fleece / pile jacket and trousers. Several pairs of socks. You will
need at least one set of spare clothes, hat and gloves.
*Supplied as part of course, however clients are encouraged to use their own equipment
If you have any queries on any of the above please contact me.
0141 335 4612
01463 710 119
0990 505 050