I heard yesterday that snow fell on the Cairngorms and maybe this is the start of a long winter. I am off on Thursday to the Cairngorms so I will see for myself. The forecast is very good but just above freezing on the tops. Many come the first snow saw that it is it but winter is a magical time and I advise you to get out with someone and experience winter walking its a new world in which no matter what we do we learn so much each year no matter how experienced we think we are. First thing check that Mountain forecast?
It is worth looking out the winter gear I think, I have checked the torch, batteries, put in my bigger gloves ( plus a spare) lose a glove and you have problems and I am now taking my wee duvet jacket and a flask. As always I love the first fall of snow and the blast of the wind on your face and a reminder that winter is coming or here.
I got into a discussion the other day about all carrying a map and compass on the hill and an ability to use them. A few thought that was too much and some just follow a leader for the day. I would advise that having a map and learning how to use it and a compass on the hill are essential. Come the winter, the paths are gone and footsteps followed may take you into climbing ground or over cornices. Get a map and compass to go with your shiny new £300 jacket and boots! Get out with someone experienced or go on a course many are subsidised and if in a club are worth attending. Get out in your local area and practice in a safe place, try it in the dark and see how tricky and slow you become.
Practice is the way forward.