Ten Top Tips For Buying Winter Boots

Ten Top Tips For Buying Winter Boots

Thinking of buying some new winter boots? This article is aimed at those buying their first pair of winter boots, but hopefully seasoned winter warriors may still pick up a handy hint or two.

Navigating the path to buying the right winter boot can be bewildering- single or double boots, plastics, B ratings, crampon compatibility? There’s a lot of choice out there, and some pitfalls that are best avoided, so to help you find the right pair for you and your adventures I’ve compiled my top ten tips for buying winter boots.

Read More

A week on the West

For the past 5 days I have been running a Private Course for Trace over on the West Coast. Trace was keen to develop her skills in both mountaineering and climbing so she can take advantage of what Scotland has to offer in winter along with getting some extra training in for her upcoming trip to Peru. On day 1 we made the most of the good weather and climbed School House Ridge, day two was a windy and wild one so we took shelter in Stob Coire Nan Lochan and looked at snowcraft skills. Day 3 saw us heading back up into Stob Corie Nan Lochan where we looked at winter lead climbing skills on Dorsal Arete. Day 4 was forecast to be good a good one so we made the most of it and headed up the Ben and climbed Number 2 Gully Buttress. With a thaw forecast to set in around mid morning for Trace's final day we made an early start and headed up the Ben again in the hope of getting a quick route in before things got too soggy. As we got to the CIC hut it became apparent that the thaw had set in early, lots of fresh avalanche debris about, so it was onto Plan B. We then spent the rest of the day looking at various skills (snowpack analysis, crevasse rescue, emergency shelters & snow anchors) in preparation for Trace's trip to Peru. All in all its been a mixed week weather and conditions wise but Trace's done great and I hope she has a brilliant trip to Peru later this year.

 

Bit Blowy and Busy in Sneachda

Mandy and I decided to get a route in today before the worst of the weather hits tomorrow. With strong winds forecast and set to increase by mid afternoon we opted for a quick route in Sneachda, where we climbed Hidden Chimney on the Mess of Pottage, there was good firm snow on it but conditions were definitely lean. The crag was busy, with lots of teams from the BMC International Meet that's being held at Glenmore Lodge this week. 

Mess of Pottage

Comment

Jacob Phillips

Onwards & Upwards specialise in providing instruction, guiding and coaching in climbing, mountaineering and walking. We tailor every course to your own specific needs and aspirations whether that be your first steps in the mountains, climbing your first trad route or tackling your first ice climb.

The Thaw Continues...

After a couple of days of catching up on admin work I decided to head out and stretch the legs and headed into Sneachda to see what impact the thaw was having. Gwilym was also keen to see what conditions were like so we wandered in together and had a look around. There were a fair few people out walking and one team climbing Goat Track Gully.

winter skills

Ski Up Cairngorm

Day off for me today so with there being a good forecast, and decent snow cover, Mandy and I decided to head out for a ski tour. After an unplanned very delayed start, due to some mechanical issues with the car, we had to change from our original plan of heading out to Ben Macdui and instead headed up the ridge to 1141 and onto the summit of Cairngorm followed by a ski off the summit and back down through the ski area. A good day out none the less. Lots of other teams out today enjoying the great weather before it turns windy and mild for a bit.

Looking into Coire an t-Sneachda, lots of teams out climbing.

Looking over towards Fiacaill Ridge

Cairngorm summit weather station, looking well rimed up

Mandy enjoying the ski down

Comment

Jacob Phillips

Onwards & Upwards specialise in providing instruction, guiding and coaching in climbing, mountaineering and walking. We tailor every course to your own specific needs and aspirations whether that be your first steps in the mountains, climbing your first trad route or tackling your first ice climb.