en Nevis Guide, Ben Nevis Guide
Winter walking boots -These are specific boots that are expertly adapted to the Winter mountains. A stiff sole allows steps to be kicked into the snow and an agressive treads allows good traction for walking on slippery snow. Need to be at least B1 rated and be able to take a C1 crampon. E.g. Scarpa Manta-Pro (B2), Scarpa SL- Active (B1). If you haven't bought your boots specifically with Winter in mind, then they probably aren't up to the job.
Crampons- C1 or C2 crampons e.g. Grivel G10 or G12’s
Ice-Axe- General Walking or Mountaineering Axe- 55cm length ideal
We have a small amount of technical kit (ice axe and crampons) available for use- please check with us beforehand if you'd like to use this
Thick walking socks- Wool works well. Some people like to wear a thinner liner sock and thicker pair of socks on top.
Wicking baselayer/thermal- Top and Bottoms - keeps moisture away from your skin and reduces how cold you feel as a result.
*Cotton is not suitable.
Trekking trousers- 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 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.
Head Torch + spare batteries
Any specific questions about kit then get in touch and we'll be more than happy to help and advise you.