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EQUIPMENT LIST: INTRODUCTORY WINTER CLIMBER

*    ICE AXE 50-60cms length; ‘technical’ pick; with wrist loop; a slightly-bent shaft without large handle grips is recommended for all-round use (eg DMM Raptor or Fly, Black Diamond Venom) ie: don’t bring a radically bent icefall axe.

*    ICE HAMMER   45-55cms length; ‘technical’ pick; straight or bent shaft with wrist loop – preferably matching the model of axe.
 
*    CRAMPONS       12 point; best with toe strap and heel step-in; fitted tightly to boots; small spanner and spare nuts/screws for field repair; recommended: Petzl  Lynx or Sarken, Grivel G14; fitted with rubber anti-balling plates for moist snow

*   CLIMBING HELMET   Large enough to fit a hat or balaclava inside 
*   CLIMBING HARNESS  Full sit harness with leg loops and gear loops

+ HARDWARE    1 long sewn Sling (2.4m circumference/1.2m flat length); 3 screwgate Karabiners; abseil/belay plate;  2 Prusik loops (3m of 5 or 6mm Cord needed)(or 1 Ropeman ascender + 1 Prusik); clients may bring their own leading gear but this is not essential

*   RUCKSACK   45-50 ltr capacity (eg Mountain Equipment Tupilak 45+) plus dry- liner or rain-cover

*    BOOTS:  Fully stiffened sole B2 or B3 rating; preferably Leather/Synthetic (eg. Scarpa: Manta, Mont Blanc or Phantom Guide; Garmont Mountain Guide Pro; Sportiva: Nepal Extrem); make sure they are walked in to comfort;

* GAITERS: Knee length eg Mtn Eq Glacier gaiter

General Clothing Advice: a series of interchangeable layers is essential to deal with a wide range of thermal conditions; plus an extra warm layer in the sack for cold/windy days
HARDSHELL CLOTHING  Wind and waterproof  Jacket with hood and Overtrousers with long side zips; Goretex or other breathable fabric; eg: Mountain Equipment:  Men: Tupilak, Janak or Lhotse  Jacket; Tupilak,  Karakorum, Narwhal or Odyssey Pants; Women: Manaslu or Janak Jacket; Manaslu, Narwhal or Odyssey Pants

TROUSERS  Stretch softshell material recommended; eg Mtn Eq Men: G2, Mission or Ibex Pants; Women: G2, Mission or Chamois Pants. If you have heavy-duty shell trousers then go for a lighter weight trouser, and vice-versa

THERMAL UNDERWEAR Base-layer vest (long sleeved) and long-johns eg MEq Matrix  

WARMTH LAYERS i) Light fleece Mid-layer eg: ME Micro Zip T or Eclipse Zip T; ii) Thicker Fleece or Softshell Jacket; eg MtnEquip Men: Touchstone fleece or Mission softshell Jacket; Women: Hispar fleece or Mission softshell; iii)Lightweight insulated Jacket – down or synthetic – as extra warmth and for emergency use eg MEq hooded Arete Jkt

SOCKS Thick long socks, thin inners plus spares

GLOVES/MITTS  2pr technical climbing gloves (eg MEq Super Alpine Glove)  plus waterproof shell mitts/gloves (eg MEq Pinnacle Mitt); carry spare mittens eg Dachstein wool mitts

HEADWEAR Wool Ski-hat or Balaclava plus Balaclava to fit under helmet                                                                                                                       
HEADTORCH    LED type recommended eg Petzl Tikka or Myo

BIVOUAC BAG    The guide will carry a group shelter for the whole party. A nylon group shelter (eg: Terra Nova 2-person Bothy Bag) or personal bivouac bag (eg: MEq Borealis GTX or Ion Bivi) should be carried on your own winter mountain days

DRINK FLASKS      Thermos flask for hot drinks and 1 litre water bottle

SUNGLASSES/GOGGLES   Snow Goggles can help spectacle wearers in driving sleet/snow

SKI/TREKKING POLES  Telescopic; not essential but very useful on descents and in deep snow

MAPS    1:50000 OS Sheet no.25: Glencarron (sheet nos. 19, 24, and 33 may also be used). 1:25000 Harveys Superwalker: Torridon. 1:40000 British Mountain Maps: ‘Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric’ and ‘Torridon and Fisherfield’ (BMC) – can be mail ordered from www.thebmc.co.uk; Not essential but try to bring at least one of the local maps or else have digital maps on phone/GPS

FIRST AID For blisters and minor cuts; a full kit is carried by your Guide

COMPASS AND GPS DEVICE    Silva type; bring a GPS if possessed

MAP CASE   Waterproof plastic

GUIDEBOOKS  SMC Climbing Guides: Northern Highlands South – Vol 1 (SMC 2007); Scottish Winter Climbs (Anderson/Nisbet)(SMC 2008); Not essential but useful for prior familiarisation

TEXTBOOKS   Winter Skills; Essential Walking and Climbing Techniques – Cunningham & Fyffe (MLTUK 2007): can be mail-ordered from www.thebmc.co.uk
Winter Essentials DVD – excellent instructional introduction to winter mountaineering:  can be mail- ordered from www.thebmc.co.uk   

SANDALS/SLIPPERS AND CASUAL CLOTHING     For evenings
* Gear Available on Hire - must be reserved in advance: Charges: Crampons (with anti-balling plates) £20, Boots £25, Technical Ice Axe £15, Ice Hammer £15, Gaiters £10, Rucksack £10, Helmet&Harness – free of charge

+  Item provided from our stocks if not possessed

To see the full range of Mountain Equipment gear visit : www.mountain-equipment.co.uk
Discount offer from Cotswold Outdoor: all customers making a booking with us will benefit from a 15% discount on equipment purchased in-store or on-line www.cotswoldoutdoor.comthe discount code is issued on receipt of your booking

If any advice on kit is required don’t hesitate to give us a call

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