There is a unique winter climbing scene in Scotland where budding mountaineers attempt to scale classic and modern routes up the side of mountains in any conditions the weather throws at them. It takes a certain type of person; someone willing to get up in freezing conditions, often in the dead of the night to literally torture themselves in horrendous weather just to climb a mountain. OK, it isn’t always so bad, we are occasionally blessed with bright blue skies and crisp fluffy snow to play in – a rarity admittedly!
Unlike our European neighbours, there are no bolts placed in our mountain crags, meaning we have to carry our own equipment to safeguard our chosen route. Often the harder the route the more equipment you take, and inevitably need to ensure falling is somewhat safeguarded. Warm clothes, sharp spiky metal things, helmets, gloves, hats and a whole paraphernalia of kit is taken with us on a journey that’s often filled with mixed emotions.
I have described what to pack for Scottish winter climbing when out in the mountains with friends, which differs from the equipment I take whilst working with guests. With that in mind, I have tried to list the benefits of my choice rather than explain the use of them.