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Mountaineering snowshoes in use on appropriate terrain  © Alex Roddie

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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rescue team  © jaggy bunnet
rescue team  © jaggy bunnet

Calling in a Mountain Rescue

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

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

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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

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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...

Antagonistic Exercises  © UKC
Antagonistic Exercises  © UKC

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Greg Boswell takes us through his tips for getting ready for winter climbing. In this episode, he talks about...

Greg Boswell - Ice Axe Pulls  © UKC
Greg Boswell - Ice Axe Pulls  © UKC

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Preparing for Winter = Circuit Training  © UKC
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Tim Neill on Directes des Capucines  © Calum Muskett
Tim Neill on Directes des Capucines  © Calum Muskett

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Tim enjoying big boot top rope action on Rap.  © Misha Nepogodiev
Tim enjoying big boot top rope action on Rap.  © Misha Nepogodiev

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