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Map, Compass & Stopwatch
As with summer. Know how to use them!
Must be fully waterproof and attached to you.
First Aid Kit & Whistle
Both are essential should anything go wrong.
Orange Survival Bag
Essential if something goes wrong on the mountain and you are stationary for a period of time. Cheap as chips!
Food & Water
High in energy and bring plenty to spare, plenty of water and a flask of tea!
Headtorch & Spare Batteries
You are far more likely to need this in winter than in summer. Make sure the batteries are kept dry.
Hat & Gloves
Essential in winter. Be prepared by taking several pairs of gloves. A comfortable hat that covers your ears is essential. Be sure to carry spares!
A few spare fleeces and a belay jacket if you have one.
Gore-Tex or e-vent waterproofs are ideal in their 3-layer formats. Look for a good hood!
Boots and Gaitors
A pair of sturdy B2 or B3 winter boots with good ankle support are recommended. Gaitors are essential in winter, helping keep snow, ice and stones out of your boots.
Ideally you want a bag which is 40-50 litres in size to accommodate the additional kit carried in winter.
Sun Hat & Sun Cream
You need to protect yourself from the reflection of the sun on the snow which can give you pretty serious sun burn.
The length of the axe is dependant on your height and preference. Ensure it is a T-rated walking axe.
Essential in Winter when the wind picks up especially when navigating and map reading. Try to get Category 3, anti-fog goggles.
Choose your crampons depending on the rate of your boot (B1, B2, B3 etc.). Ensure they have 10-12 points with two prominent front points, and the binding (fitting system) suits your style of boot before buying.