Some more winter tips from pals! Thanks.

I got lots of additions to asking for winter crips most were on Facebook but I feel are worth adding together for others to see and comment on.

Goggles ……a lesson I learnt the hard way. I was on the hills with Dave Fisk many moons ago and I ended up nearly blinded by spindrift. Mr Fisk had spare. Thankfully.

Mark – Plan route with consideration of folk fitness, experience & the weather, then plan again with an ‘A’ and ‘B’ plan. Ensure don’t get sucked into heuristic errors. 👍

Andy M. – Always be willing to turned back (mind, that applies all times of the year!).

Always assume the route will take longer than you expect.

Don’t carry a torch and gloves. Always carry at least 2 torches and 2 pairs of gloves.

Helen – Get at least one easier winter day in before stretching yourself. It takes at least one winter day to ‘winterise’ or get your ‘winter head’ in gear to reduce the faff factor. At least two spare of the essentials e.g. torch, gloves, map.

Alaister – torch with a spare battery… but got at micro torch only 26g but shines 10m in case the main one fails.

Andy B – Never abandon less experienced companions. Shouldn’t need saying but it happens too often.

Don enjoying the winter.

Richard – only take Cadbury’s chocolate a s frozen fruit and nut can break your teeth!

Alister – Also got a couple more: if you have OS locate you can print out your 1:50K map at double size i.e. 1:25, which with tired eyes and wet goggles or glasses makes seeing the map a million time easier.

So all we have to do now is get out and enjoy the winter. It’s a great time of year.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Some more winter tips from pals! Thanks.

  1. Mel O'Hara says:

    My winter tip – Start early and finish early.
    { Well done David on all the helpful advice and chat in general. Keep up the good work}

    Liked by 1 person

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