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Topic - Backpacking in a week's time. Winter gear needed?

Siward on 11 May 2013
The plan is to be in the hills for the best part of a week, lightweight backpacking. I'm probably going to start at Ben Cruachan and head north towards the Etive hills, staying high where possible. That plan may change although likely to stay west rather than heading to the Cairngorms.

I hear talk of dumps of snow recently. Is there going to be any need for an axe and/or crampons? I would rather not carry them due to weight but if needs must etc.

I will bung them in the car but its often hard to judge whether one will need them up high, particularly when I will be ascending slopes of varying aspects. This is supposed to be late May. I was thinking of a pair of shorts and a sunhat!

So, have people been in the hills recently who can assist?
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