-Winter walking boots - Need to be at least B1 rated and be able to take a C1 crampon. E.g. Scarpa Manta (B2), Scarpa SL (B1)
-Crampons- C1 or C2 crampons e.g. Grivel G10 or G12’s
-Ice-Axe- General Walking or Mountaineering Axe- 55cm length ideal
-Thick walking socks
-Wicking baselayer/thermal - keeps moisture away from your skin and reduces how cold you feel as a result. Cotton is not suitable.
-Trekking trousers or Thermals- to be worn underneath waterproofs.
-Insulated mid layer- to be worn underneath waterproofs but on top of thermal/ baselayer for example a lightweight fleece or Primaloft top.
-Waterproof jacket - e.g. GoreTex, E-Vent, Paramo, Hyvent, etc
-Waterproof trousers- e.g. GoreTex, E-Vent, Paramo, Hyvent, etc
-Warm hat plus + 1 spare
-Waterproof gloves + at least 1 spare pair of gloves
-Spare warm layer- e.g. fleece or Primaloft
-Food and water - around 1-2 litres of water and plenty of snacks and high energy foods to get you through the day.
-Rucksack - 40-45 litre recommended with loop for carrying axe
-Rucksack liner/Drybags- rucksacks aren’t waterproof so either a large poly-bag liner or several smaller dry-bag type bags recommended.
Any specific questions about kit then get in touch and we'll be more than happy to help and advise you.
Other recommended kit
Survival bag- Plastic type, available for a couple of pounds.
Sun screen, sun glasses - mountain sun can be fierce.
Ski/ Snow goggles (not essential but recommended)- very useful when walking into the wind and spindrift.
Gaiters- stops snow from getting into your boots.
Trekking poles (Optional) - can take 3 tonnes of loading off of your knees over the course of a day and also good in deep snow.
Ice Axe, Crampon and Boot Hire available from the following local outdoor shops:
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