Top Tips For Successful Snow-Holing

Top Tips For Successful Snow-Holing

“Any fool can be uncomfortable.” This is undoubtedly true in a snow-hole. Winter in the Cairngorms can see temperatures of around -10ºC at 1100m, but in reality winter temperatures at this height are more like -5ºC and above. That’s still pretty chilly, but snow is a great insulator. It is so easy to have an uncomfortable damp night, but with a bit of organisation and care you can be safe and snug and really enjoy the adventure. Here are my top tips for successful snow-holing.

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Who Needs A Mountain Guide? #1 Wendy Dodds, Athlete and Mountaineer

Who Needs A Mountain Guide? #1 Wendy Dodds, Athlete and Mountaineer

This is the first in a new series, where we'll be giving you an insight into the reasons behind the decision to hire a Mountain Guide. Wendy Dodds is a fell running legend. Now in her 60s, she is still competing at the highest standard. As a sports medicine specialist, she also travelled with several British Olympic and World Championships athletics squads.

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Top Tips For A Safe Fun Winter Season

Top Tips For A Safe Fun Winter Season

In a previous blog post we shared some tips on how to get more out of your time in the mountains. Here we’re giving you tips specific to winter walking and climbing. It comes down to three things: people, equipment, and environment. You can control the first two, but not the third, but with good planning you can make sure you stay safe and have fun.

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Do You Recognise The 10 Early Warning Signs Of Hypothermia?

Do You Recognise The 10 Early Warning Signs Of Hypothermia?

I’m happy to say that in all the years I have been playing and working outdoors, I have never had hypothermia. I have been to some extremely cold places, including Antarctica and the highest mountains in the European Alps. I have also spent a lot of time in extremely wet places, Scotland and the Lake District included. I love being warm and comfortable in the mountains in wild weather. So how have I avoided becoming dangerously cold?

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