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*    ICE AXE     55-65cms length; curved pick; with wrist loop eg, DMM Cirque

*    CRAMPONS  12 point; best with toe strap and heel step-in; fitted tightly to boots; Charlet Moser Vasak or Grivel G12 recommended; fitted withrubber/plastic anti-balling plates essential for soft or 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 screw-gate Karabiners; abseil/belay plate if possessed; 2 Prusik loops (3m of 5 or 6mm Cord needed)

*   RUCKSACK 45-55 ltr capacity (eg Mountain Equipment Tupilak 45+ sack) plus waterproof /dry-bag liner or nylon rain-cover

*   BOOTS   Fully-stiffened Leather/Synthetic boots with B2 rating. Recommended models: Scarpa: Manta, Charmoz or Mont Blanc; La Sportiva: Trango Alp Evo; Zamberlan Baltoro; Salewa Raven 2; boots must be walked in to comfort

*   GAITERS       Knee length eg Mtn Eq Alpine Gaiter

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  Thermal inner gloves plus waterproof shell mitts/gloves for climbing eg MEq Randonnee Glove and Guide or Pinnacle Mitt; carry spare mittens eg Dachstein wool mitts

HEADWEAR Wool Ski-hat or Balaclava plus Balaclava to fit under helmet                                                                                                                        
* BIVOUAC BAG    Goretex or Pertex; a bivouac bag is needed for the overnight trip on the course and is recommended for your own mountain days eg MEq Borealis GTX or Ion Bivi. A group shelter eg: Terra Nova 2-person Bothy Bag is a cheap alternative bivouac or emergency survival bag.                                                                                                                

HEADTORCH    LED type recommended eg Petzl Tikka or Myo

*   SLEEPING BAG   3 to 4 season; lightweight – for overnight expedition

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 equivalent loaded on Smart Phone or 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  Scotland’s Winter Mountains with One Axe – Gary Smith (Northern Edge 2018)
SMC Climbing Guide - Scottish Winter Climbs (Anderson/Nisbet); Not essential but useful for prior reading

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

*  Gear Available on Hire - must be reserved in advance: Charges: Crampons (with anti-balling plates) £20, Boots £25, Ice Axe £10, Gaiters £10, Rucksack £10, Helmet&Harness – free of charge, Sleeping Bag, Bivi Bag & Campmat £10 per night
+  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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