Looking forward to Winter.

Winter hills.

Getting ready for winter?

I have been away cycling for my big trip and looking forward to a day on the hills with some pals whilst in Arran. 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,

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 advice, have you checked your gear?

So I am packing 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!

Its well worth looking at the weather forecast before and on the day you go and please, leave a note with someone where you are going and have a system in place to get help if its ever  needed. Please do this simple action to ensure your family are aware of where you are and if help is need the Mountain Rescue Teams will be able to find you.

But it gets dark early so be aware, early starts are the answer as is ensuring  you have good breakfast and your phone is charged and spare battery carried and lead! Simple things to let you enjoy the winter mountains. !

“It is in winter that the Scottish Mountains Excel

No one who has seen the skyward thrust of a snow peak, girdled by its early morning cloud and flushed with the low sun, will dispute with me.

Follow a long ridge of encrusted snow to its sunset tower and tread the summit at moonrise.

This is Scottish winter climbing! W.H.Murray

“Nothing but a memory of the wide silent snowfields crimsoned by the rioting sky and of the frozen hills under the slow moon”. W.H.Murray.

This is why we love the winter mountains please go and have fum and winter is a specail time, go with someone experienced and even a low level wander in winter is inspirational, Please watch the weather, get away early and enjoy your day in a new world, I cannot wait to get out.

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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