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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Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new

Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new

As winter draws nearer, it's time to give your winter gear a check, and maybe invest in some new kit. In December 2014 I did a review and comparison of three general mountaineering crampons: Black Diamond Serac Clip, Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, and Grivel G12 New Matic. At the time of writing, my favourite of the three was the Petzl Vasak Lever Lock. Since then, Petzl have released a new model, so what are the changes, and are they for the better?

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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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What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?

What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?

Gloves come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. You can get them free when you fill up your car, and you can spend hundreds of pounds on them, but years of experience have shown me that there is no such thing as a perfect pair of winter mountaineering gloves. Whatever kind of gloves you wear, and however waterproof they claim to be, your hands will get wet if you are scrambling or climbing in snow.

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