The autumn season in Lochaber is sometimes lengthy and tedious, and it is a great time to start conditioning the body for the upcoming winter season and service the clothing and kit ready for the first snow to arrive. As the season turns, I am on the lookout for new equipment for the fast-approaching winter. Like most climbers, I find gloves the single most challenging piece of gear to get right, and I have tried hundreds of winter climbing gloves in many harsh and demanding conditions. Still, no matter the brand, the principle of rotating through different pairs for different circumstances remains the same. I am a big fan of the improved Black Diamond gloves, but they are expensive, so I have listed alternatives I use for regular work in the mountains.