Following my blog on bothy bags yesterday I received this from Mike Parsons:
“The very first bothy bag was called the KISU, Karrimor Instructor Survival Unit, KISU. and made by Karrimor, my company at the time. Here is a link to the full story of all types of bothy bags. https://www.outdoorgearcoach.co.uk/group-shelter/ “
The Cairngorm tragedy in 1971 played its part in the development of these bags. This would be why I remember them from my early days in the Mountain Rescue. I found Mikes information very interesting. Thank you.
There is some Snow in the weather report for today it should fall on the high mountains. Always check the weather and Avalanche report that starts in mid December for updated conditions.
Today’s tip: My hill bag has been winterised bigger gloves head torch checked and small duvet added. I am hoping to be heading of for a walk on the North West will be good to get out. I will add a hot flask and wear warmer kit. As always my Bothy bag will be in my rucksack.
Do you have any tips for winter walking?
Leave early daylight is getting short. The clocks go back this weekend cutting into daylight hours.
Also have a good breakfast porridge usually and have some snacks handy in pockets to “graze on“ I like a hot flask on the hill in winter. Tell someone what your plan is.
Early winter Applecross.
I like to change my clothes for the journey home. I carry in the car dry clothes especially a top, jumper and socks. I rehydrate on the way home as well plenty of fluid taken.
Ice axe and crampons are essential in winter more on that in a later blog.
The stags should be roaring today a fine start to the early winter days.
My tip for winter walking and general winter mountaineering, is mainly to be prepared for sudden weather changes and be mentally prepared. In addition, a clear goal (specific route, peak etc.) in your mind with a specific plan is necessary in order to avoid any unwanted situation.
Besides that, I always like to enjoy the outdoors with dry and warm feet, so good boots and an extra pair of dry socks do the trick for me.
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Thanks for that!