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.


lce Axe*

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.


Bivvy Bag

All course members should carry a one-person poly survival bag.



Essential for all courses.


Head Torch

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.


Gloves, Mittens

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 suitable

If you have any queries on any of the above please contact me.



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