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Mountaineering snowshoes in use on appropriate terrain  © Alex Roddie

Winter Snowshoes in Scotland - more than just a novelty

Requiring less skill than skiing, and making a big difference when progress on foot would be a nightmare, snowshoes have a clear niche in Scottish winter, reckons Alex Roddie. Having spent years insisting he could do without, Alex is now a firm believer. Here he explains the dark art of snowshoeing. Let's hope there's still snow on the hills ...


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Who wouldn't want a bit of that? But learn the winter walking essentials before you try running!  © Charlie Sproson, Mountain Run

Running Walk Before You Run - winter skills for hill runners

There are a lot of strong runners out there, but those coming to winter hill running without a grounding in mountain skills may not appreciate the severity of the challenge posed by snow on the hills, says fell running guide Keri Wallace. Here ...

Keep an eye on weather and snow conditions throughout the day  © Matt Stygall
Keep an eye on weather and snow conditions throughout the day  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 5 - Observations on the Hill

Forecasts are great tools at the planning stage, but once out on the hill you'll have to rely on your own observations and judgement. In the final part of our series Will talks us through the vital skill of staying alert and open minded.

A strong team, but the wind is really going to influence our decisions today  © Martin McKenna
A strong team, but the wind is really going to influence our decisions today  © Martin McKenna

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 4 - Planning and Decision Making

In part 4 of our series on winter weather and avalanche forecasts, Will breaks down the planning and decision making process into a clear, step-by-step system, which can be used whether you're walking, skiing or climbing.

Having studied the SAIS forecast, we opted very emphatically for a ridge  © Dan Bailey
Having studied the SAIS forecast, we opted very emphatically for a ridge  © Dan Bailey

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 3 - How to Use the SAIS Website

Whether you're heading to the Scottish winter hills to walk, ski or climb, the SAIS website is an essential resource. In...

part 2 montage  © Matt Stygall
part 2 montage  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 2 – What to Look For in the Weather Forecast

Mountain weather forecasts convey a lot of information, but it's only of value if you know what to make of...

With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall
With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 1 - How Forecasts Work Together

For safe days in the winter mountains, your two biggest concerns are weather and snow conditions. From interpreting the...

In wet weather even little streams can become formidable torrents, and many crossings are best avoided  © Dan Bailey
In wet weather even little streams can become formidable torrents, and many crossings are best avoided  © Dan Bailey

Expert Tips Walking in Wild Weather

As autumn heads inexorably towards winter, conditions on the hills tend to get more hostile. It needn't be a show stopper, but...

Mum and baby in Glen Lee, with the usual mountain of stuff  © Laura Karpyte
Mum and baby in Glen Lee, with the usual mountain of stuff  © Laura Karpyte

Children Hillwalking with a Baby

A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon
A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scrambling with Kids - A Parent's Guide

Here comes the sun...  © Dan Bailey
Here comes the sun...  © Dan Bailey

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Take your trail running to new levels by improving your planning and navigation skills     © Keri Wallace
Take your trail running to new levels by improving your planning and navigation skills     © Keri Wallace

Running Route Planning for Trail Runners

Urban orienteering could work well at the moment  © Will Legon
Urban orienteering could work well at the moment  © Will Legon

Children Family Walks on Lockdown - Keep it Local, but Make it Fun

Home workouts can be fun as well as keeping you fit...  © Claire Maxted
Home workouts can be fun as well as keeping you fit...  © Claire Maxted

Lockdown? No Problem - Here's How to Keep Fit at Home

Embracing the exposure on Bristly Ridge  © Will Legon
Embracing the exposure on Bristly Ridge  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scramblers - Learn to Manage a Fear of Heights

Cold winds  © johnhenderson
Cold winds  © johnhenderson

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Rescue Calling in a Mountain Rescue

Phoning for help in the mountains - we all hope we'll never need to, but if the worst happened would you know what to do? Mountain first aid expert Helen Howe talks us through the process.

Checking out quick descent routes...  © hwackerhage
Checking out quick descent routes...  © hwackerhage

Ten Serious Mistakes Winter Walkers Make

From dropping a glove to falling through a cornice, basic slip-ups can have serious consequences in winter. But most mistakes ought to be avoidable. Here's what not to do...

In busier areas, arrive late and pack up early   © Dan Bailey
In busier areas, arrive late and pack up early   © Dan Bailey

Camping Ten Top Tips for Wild Camping

Whether you're out for a jolly with a group of friends or immersed in the wild on a soulful solo trip, camping up in the hills far from civilisation is one of life's essential experiences. As outdoor activities go this one is refreshingly simple and takes no special...

How To Make A Mountain First Aid / Emergency Kit (click to make image bigger)  © Sarah Stirling
How To Make A Mountain First Aid / Emergency Kit (click to make image bigger)  © Sarah Stirling

Make A Mountain First Aid Kit

Kath Wills is a member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and a Recue Emergency Care (REC) first aid instructor. She runs Active First Aid in Snowdonia. Here, she advises what to put in a comprehensive general mountain first aid kit for a group of people...

Ama Dablam above camp 2 ....  "Thank god I sharpened those crampons!"  © Colm O'Dwyer
Ama Dablam above camp 2 ....  "Thank god I sharpened those crampons!"  © Colm O'Dwyer

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Andy Kirkpatrick in his element in Antarctica  © Andy Kirkpatrick Collection
Andy Kirkpatrick in his element in Antarctica  © Andy Kirkpatrick Collection

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A sudden thaw hits Great Gable  © Dan Bailey
A sudden thaw hits Great Gable  © Dan Bailey

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