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Using Rope for Winter Walking

on Mon 06 Aug 2018 06:53:34 CEST : Using Rope for Winter Walking


I've been thinking about doing winter munro bagging this winter. When I look up winter hill walking a lot of websites recommend taking a rope. Ok, fair enough, but in what way are they saying I should use it? I wont be ice climbing or anything like that. Does it mean I should be taking geat like ice screws up the hill with me to put protect in?!? I doubt I'd be doing very steep slopes. Or does it mean tying a rope between me and my fellow walker?
PS I plan to do a winter skills course just incase anyone thinks I'm heading into the hills without knowledge.

Any help will be apprecited.

I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.

Thank you.

on Tue 04 Sep 2018 11:46:27 CEST : Re: Using Rope for Winter Walking

Hi Larry

If walking in Scotland in winter you really need to make sure that you have the right clothing, kit and experience before setting off. This includes excellent navigation skills with a map and compass. I have been out when the weather can change from blue sky to white out. White out can be scary and this is where your navigation comes in.

The rope is not for ice climbing as you describe, it is for safety. If you are walking near a cornice in poor visibility it is best to rope up in case one of the party accidentally stray onto the cornice and it collapses. However many a winter mountaineer has started from a walking background and you will crampons and an ice axe and you will need to know how to use them, along with your rope.

I suggest you do the winter skills course or go out with an experienced winter walker.mountaineer before heading out alone.