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Mountaineering snowshoes in use on appropriate terrain  © Alex Roddie

Winter Snowshoes in Scotland - more than just a novelty

Requiring less skill than skiing, and making a big difference when progress on foot would be a nightmare, snowshoes have a clear niche in Scottish winter, reckons Alex Roddie. Having spent years insisting he could do without, Alex is now a firm believer. Here he explains the dark art of snowshoeing. Let's hope there's still snow on the hills ...


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Who wouldn't want a bit of that? But learn the winter walking essentials before you try running!  © Charlie Sproson, Mountain Run

Running Walk Before You Run - winter skills for hill runners

There are a lot of strong runners out there, but those coming to winter hill running without a grounding in mountain skills may not appreciate the severity of the challenge posed by snow on the hills, says fell running guide Keri Wallace. Here ...

Keep an eye on weather and snow conditions throughout the day  © Matt Stygall
Keep an eye on weather and snow conditions throughout the day  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 5 - Observations on the Hill

Forecasts are great tools at the planning stage, but once out on the hill you'll have to rely on your own observations and judgement. In the final part of our series Will talks us through the vital skill of staying alert and open minded.

A strong team, but the wind is really going to influence our decisions today  © Martin McKenna
A strong team, but the wind is really going to influence our decisions today  © Martin McKenna

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 4 - Planning and Decision Making

In part 4 of our series on winter weather and avalanche forecasts, Will breaks down the planning and decision making process into a clear, step-by-step system, which can be used whether you're walking, skiing or climbing.

Having studied the SAIS forecast, we opted very emphatically for a ridge  © Dan Bailey
Having studied the SAIS forecast, we opted very emphatically for a ridge  © Dan Bailey

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 3 - How to Use the SAIS Website

Whether you're heading to the Scottish winter hills to walk, ski or climb, the SAIS website is an essential resource. In...

part 2 montage  © Matt Stygall
part 2 montage  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 2 – What to Look For in the Weather Forecast

Mountain weather forecasts convey a lot of information, but it's only of value if you know what to make of...

With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall
With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather With Plas Y Brenin Part 1 - How Forecasts Work Together

For safe days in the winter mountains, your two biggest concerns are weather and snow conditions. From interpreting the...

Practising mantles in the bedroom  © Andrew Chen
Practising mantles in the bedroom  © Andrew Chen

Movement Training for Climbing at Home

Nutan Shinde and Dr Andrew Chen explore movement training at home. As many climbers still have no access to a...

Jim Pope training on a home board 3x2  © Sam Pratt
Jim Pope training on a home board 3x2  © Sam Pratt

How Lockdown influenced Training for Climbing

A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon
A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scrambling with Kids - A Parent's Guide

Sam with the loose block  © Alan James
Sam with the loose block  © Alan James

Removing Loose Rock at Horseshoe

Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training
Wide isometric holds  © Lattice Training

Lattice Home Training Training The Upper Body At Home & Tom Randall Q&A

In all of these examples below, regardless of what beta the individual climber chooses, the attempts with their Center of Grav  © Udo Neumann
In all of these examples below, regardless of what beta the individual climber chooses, the attempts with their Center of Grav  © Udo Neumann

Understanding Modern Bouldering Understanding Modern Bouldering Pt. 3: Improving Spatial & Temporal Aspects

10mm Edges  © Lattice
10mm Edges  © Lattice

Lattice Home Training Training at Home and Tom Randall Q&A

How to get the most out of a home wall.  © Dark Sky Media
How to get the most out of a home wall.  © Dark Sky Media

How to Make the Most of a Home Climbing Board

Tomoa Narasaki visualising, even details are perfectly in sync.  © Udo Neumann
Tomoa Narasaki visualising, even details are perfectly in sync.  © Udo Neumann

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Aljaz Anderle climbing on Finnkona icefall on Senja Island, Norway.  © Urban Golob
Aljaz Anderle climbing on Finnkona icefall on Senja Island, Norway.  © Urban Golob

Steep Ice Climbing Technique

Top winter climber and professional instructor George McEwan gives us step by step instructions on good ice climbing technique. This article includes the basic movements involved, some advanced techniques, and is illustrated with excellent photographs...

Andy Kirkpatrick in his element in Antarctica  © Andy Kirkpatrick Collection
Andy Kirkpatrick in his element in Antarctica  © Andy Kirkpatrick Collection

10 Tips on Staying Warm in Winter by Andy Kirkpatrick

Despite climbing winter routes all over the world, Hull's second best climber has never had the hotaches... In this article Andy Kirkpatrick shares his tips for staying warm and consequently staying alive!

The key areas of a climbing shoe  © Will Carroll
The key areas of a climbing shoe  © Will Carroll

Become A Better Climber Training to Become a Better Climber - Part 1

This is the first of a series of training articles and is aimed at beginners or people who are operating in the low grades and wish to improve. With a specific training plan, technique tips and detailed coaching, this article series has all you need to...

Graham Lynch on the Mincer (HVS 5a).  © Alan James, ROCKFAX
Graham Lynch on the Mincer (HVS 5a).  © Alan James, ROCKFAX

100 things you learn from experience

What is the ideal object for cleaning rock boots before you climb, and where can you get it? Why do all those E-silly climbers stop at Froggatt to watch peoples' first-ever attempts at the hand-crack of Valkyrie? What always happens on the last climb of the day?...

It can be called a 'Belay Loop' or an 'Abseil Loop'!  © Jack Geldard
It can be called a 'Belay Loop' or an 'Abseil Loop'!  © Jack Geldard

Belaying - 'Rope Loop' or 'Belay Loop'?

Standing on tiny holds in a new pair of rock shoes  © Jack Geldard
Standing on tiny holds in a new pair of rock shoes  © Jack Geldard

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rope(top of brut)  © James Robertson
rope(top of brut)  © James Robertson

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A well placed foot can pivot on a hold - here the climber has traversed past the hold and spun his foot  © Will Carroll
A well placed foot can pivot on a hold - here the climber has traversed past the hold and spun his foot  © Will Carroll

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