Before you set off, you should really think about what you’ll be packing in your rucksack. We’re not talking about technical specialist equipment, but basic things that could well save your life in an emergency.
When you’re setting off winter walking, it’s important to tailor your kit to the season with additions beyond the usual spare compass and map.
The days in winter are shorter, so take more than one head torch and include spare batteries for both. If you end up benighted, they’ll be invaluable for making your way back to shelter, or in an emergency to signal for help.
If you’re out for a day-trip and not taking a tent, consider taking at the very least a single-man bivvy bag, but preferably a group shelter, this way you can share body heat.
Don’t forget to double up on spare long johns, thermal tops, thick socks and gloves, and think about including something to protect your face – such as a balaclava or even goggles.