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Winter Mountaineering Kit List

Kit list for a day in the Scottish mountains in winter.


  • Base layer

  • Fleece

  • Synthetic layer (can be a mid layer or an emergency/belay jacket to go over the top of everything). Down doesn't perform well when wet - not a good choice for Scotland.

  • Good quality waterproof top and bottoms.

  • Warm leggings and/or soft shell hiking trousers to be worn under waterproofs.

  • Thick socks

  • Several pairs of gloves to change around as they get wet, some thin some thick and some emergency/belay mitts.

  • Hat & buff


  • Walking axe/technical tools & crampons - these can be hired from several shops such as Tiso, Ellis Brigham and Nevisport. Our top recommendation is Scottish Mountain Hire.

  • Stiff soled walking boots that will take crampons. If you don’t have these they can be hired from Scottish Mountain Hire too. Take your boots to the crampon hire to make sure they fit.

  • Walking poles - must collapse down fully to fit in your bag, poles sticking out the top can cause problems with ropes when climbing.

  • Helmet & harness - I can provide these if you don't have your own.


  • Water bottle/flask of hot drink.

  • Lunch & snacks to be stored in pockets and eaten on the go.

  • Map & compass.

  • Headtorch

  • Goggles

  • Personal medication - Compeed blister plaster are handy.

  • Toilet paper

  • Camera


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