What You Need To Know Before Heading to the Hills This Winter
It’s December already, and while there’a nary a flake fallen on the Welsh hills it doesn’t hurt to prepare for all that lovely snow we’re sure to have in the coming months! So here’s a run down of some of our winter themed articles from the archives to get you started. You know, a bit like those holiday specials in American Sitcoms where they rehash some stuff from the rest of the season as they’ve run our of new ideas. I probably shouldn’t have said that….
Visit our check-list to ensure you’ve got the proper kit for the job. Other than the warmer clothing, you’ll need an ice axe and crampons and most likely some new crampon compatible boots. Of course, you’ll need to have the skills to properly make use of that extra hardware. Rubber ducky optional.
This is an essential skill at any time of year, but more so in winter. You may worry about getting cold, but it can be as dangerous to wear too many layers, overheat and you’ll get cold from the sweat.
It’s not just a matter of going out there in the snow as you’ll need to learn some totally new skills beforehand. Your best bet is to enrol in a winter skills course, second best is to learn from someone else (just make sure they know their stuff!).
It’s not all crampons and ice axes on a typical winter mountain day in Snowdonia. It’s a bit of a mixed bag as we found out in this article from earlier this year.
There’s no need to pack that tent just because it’s cold. If you’ve got a warm enough sleeping bag, a suitable tent and a means to boil water other than gas; you’re probably good to go. Just beware of letting your water-bottles and boots freeze overnight as they can be an absolute pain to defrost and you’ll curse having to carry 2 kilos of ice down to the car with no whisky to go with it.
FINALLY! – Keep safe on the hill. It’s a dangerous time of year to be out – and if in any doubt you shouldn’t venture on the hills.