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Winter Clothing Suggestions


FOOTWEAR

For winter the additional factor in the choice of boot is the ability to fit crampons. The most suitable for this purpose is a stiff-soled mountain boot (leather or plastic) B2-3*. These enable any winter terrain to be covered from easy walking to steep ice climbing and are a must for the serious winter mountaineer.

The disadvantages of these boots are that they may be used infrequently if you are not an active mountaineer, they are twice the price, heavier and take longer to break in than a summer boot.

If you don't have rigid-soled mountain boots a good quality walking boot (B1-2*) will be adequate for this course. It should have; reasonably stiff uppers (not canvas or Gore-Tex), providing enough ankle and foot support for traversing relatively steep slopes, a reinforced toe cap (for kicking steps into hard snow), and a reasonably stiff sole which can only be bent a few degrees when you try to fold the toe up. There should be a hard rubber sole with good tread i.e. Vibram type.

Flexible walkers' crampons can be fitted to these boots and will ensure that snow and ice such as that found in the Welsh mountains on a winter walk can be negotiated safely.

*See Boot/crampon compatibility guide

Technical Equipment
We provide anything necessary although, if you do own your own ice axe and crampons, you are welcome to use them. However, we would advise against the purchase of special equipment prior to your break since we'll be giving advice about possible suitable purchases.
Clothing

LEG WEAR:
Loose-fitting trousers, stretchy leggings or track-suit bottoms are all adequate for winter walking. Jeans are NOT suitable. Salopettes are ideal but not essential. Thermal long johns or thick tights should be worn underneath.

UPPER BODY:
Several thin layers are better than one thick one since they allow for temperature adjustment. It's a good idea to start with a good wicking vest then add a thin fleece or thin jumper and then a thicker fleece or another jumper. Duvet jackets are warm but not as versatile and tend to take up most of a rucksack when not being worn!

EXTREMITIES:
You should bring several pairs of thick socks and, although we provide hat and mittens, you might find a thin pair of gloves useful under the mitts.

A WORD ABOUT FITNESS
Be kind to your body and arrive in reasonable shape and do please inform us of any medical condition you may have.

 

Check List

We can Provide:
Rucksack
Survival bag
Map, compass & whistle
Waterproof Jacket 
Overtrousers 
Gaiters
Balaclava/hat
Mittens
Ice axe
Crampons
Helmet
Head Torch
Water bottle
Thermos flask

 

We Recommend you Bring:
Clothing for informal evening wear
Fleece jacket or heavier sweater
Light sweater or fleece
Warm shirts
Thermal vests
Warm trousers
Long johns or warm tights
Thick woollen socks
Underwear, nightwear/dressing gown
Washing kit (towels provided
Sunglasses/goggles
Camera/film/binoculars
Book/writing equipment
Personal first aid kit (remember blister treatment!)
  Recommended Gear:
Grivel G10 Crampon

Winter walking/mountaineering crampon and adequate for easier climbs of Grade 1/2.
The plastic bindings front and back fit a wide variety of boots (sizes 35-46). Strapping system and length adjustment are simple and easy to operate.

Cotswold Price: ?70 

 

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Tal y Waen
Deiniolen
Gwynedd
Wales

LL55 3NA
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