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VIDEO: Packing for Winter Hillwalking

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Rachael Crewesmith talks through what she would pack for a day of winter hillwalking.

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 Pedro50 29 Oct 2021
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Nice library.

In reply to Pedro50:

> Nice library.

I had to do a bit of a reshuffle beforehand just to make sure we didn't give off the wrong impression  

 Bob Aitken 02 Nov 2021
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Wow, serious gear porn.  "All you need to know about kit when taking your early steps into the outdoors" - if I was taking my early steps into winter hill-walking this might well send me back to summer hill walking.  Like to guesstimate the price of all that kit?

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In reply to Bob Aitken:

> Wow, serious gear porn.  "All you need to know about kit when taking your early steps into the outdoors" - if I was taking my early steps into winter hill-walking this might well send me back to summer hill walking.  Like to guesstimate the price of all that kit?

Whilst I get the point that you're trying to make, winter does require more kit than summer. Granted, you could save weight (and money) by not taking an additional warm layer, a spare pair of gloves, a group shelter or a first aid kit, but would it be wise to do so? Probably not...

In terms of the kit featured, we actively tried to be quite general. As such, we're not saying you need a Generator Alpine Jacket, but what we are suggesting is that packing a warm, synthetic jacket would be wise.

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In reply to Bob Aitken:

Hum. This stuff is tricky isn't it? Somebody had to pay for these videos, it's how websites like UKC work. In this case, Rab paid for them, so we put some of Rab's new range into the mix. I did a "BMC Hiking Essentials" evening on Zoom (Montane paid for that one) and I added in alternatives that a new hiker might already have such as using a football shirt instead of a technical base layer etc. I also always try to provide alternative options when introducing people to the outdoors. I would love to do a series of "outdoor hacks" videos to help those new to this stuff. Unfortunately crampons, axe, bigger bag, big jacket etc are essential for British winter hillwalking, particularly in Scotland and whilst that is a barrier, there are affordable ways to rent as well as there being lots of second hand kit on the market. 


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