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Getting started in winter mountaineering

Many of Scotland’s mountains are serious undertakings, particularly in winter conditions, and will require skills and equipment beyond those needed for normal summer hill walking.

Before starting on winter mountaineering you should first make sure your navigation and hillcraft skills are up to scratch under summer conditions and then look to develop those skills so that you are ready for the added challenges of winter.

Information on those skills is available in our Essential Skills section and Mountaineering Scotland also runs a number of courses which can help prepare you to make the step into winter mountaineering.

Your normal summer hill walking wardrobe also needs to be expanded to include more suitable clothing and equipment.

In this section of the site we take a look at: