Getting ready for the shorter days on the hills?


No head torch this may be your view on the hill if out later than expected.

Getting ready for winter?

I am off to Skye this weekend and the forecast is a bit variable. I have been away recently and missed the mountains. I am looking forward to a couple of days on the hills with the Moray Mountaineering Club. I had a look at my hill bag and have updated it a bit for the colder shorter days before winter arrives.

It is that time of year again, winter is on its way the nights are “fair drawing in”. The fire is on we have lights on the bike and notice the headlights in the car need a new bulb!

If you’re out on the hill and have a long day you may now be coming of in the dark and despite a good “carrot intake” in the dark without a torch this is what you may see!

It is well worth checking it every time you go out or carrying a spare?  It is also the time to winterise  the hill bag, warmer gloves and hat and look at what I am carrying in case of an emergency?

Heather Morning  Mountain Safety Advisor says:

“But when autumn/early winter arrives it’s important to ‘upgrade’ and check the state of my head torch and batteries before making sure it’s in the rucksack for the autumn and winter season. Likewise, I replace my thin emergency duvet with something more substantial and upgrade the hat and gloves to warmer options.”
Kevin Mitchell,

Vice Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue, added: “This is a good time to check your head torch is in the rucksack, renew the batteries, put a fresh spare set in the top pocket and set off earlier to allow for earlier sunsets.

All good advise, have you checked your gear?


So I am packing for Skye and have no plans as yet will see what the weather brings and be flexible. I love this time of year the shorter days make you plan a bit better but the sunsets and crisp mornings and that winter feel on the hills make it another adventure and every winter we learn again!


The “heart lochan” on a misty Skye in Coire Lagan.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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