We asked Instructor Kath James to share with us some considerations before heading out for Scottish Winter Mountaineering. She gave us great tips on everything from how to keep the motivation up with some pre-trip reading, to how to keep your spirits up when your food goes flying…
Build a picture of conditions.
Check out recent photos and chat with other mountaineers. Some information about where people have been having success and some photos will help build up your excitement and is always useful information to have. There are some excellent live feeds online that can help provide detail when building a picture of conditions. What you plan the night before might not be the best option on the day – so stay flexible.
Keep yourself fit.
Steve House has some good advice on how to train for winter in his ‘Training for New Alpinism’ book. In reality if you’re a fit summer walker you should be alright moving on to winter, but it never hurts to do a bit of extra training to stay on top of your game.