Happy New Year to anyone tuning in and reading this. I hope you had a good festive period, found some outdoor gear in your stockings and managed to get outside for some fresh air.
I had an interesting weekend just after new year. On Saturday we needed to wear crampons just to walk out of our driveway, then on Sunday we climbed the Glen Falloch Corbett Meall an Fhudair and our ice axes and crampons stayed in our packs for the whole day. It was surprising how little snow and ice there was in that part of the Western Highlands.
Nevertheless, we were pleased we carried that winter gear with us. Better to have it and not need it than to leave it at home and wish you had it with you when conditions turn out tougher than you expected. I'm sure the MCofS Winter Lectures will be full of useful tips like that.
I hope to be at one, if not both of the Perth talks, so if you're around I may see you there. Don't forget, our Winter Safety Lectures this season are in Glencoe, Aviemore, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness. Check out http://www.mcofs.org.uk/winterlectureseries.asp for full details of the Winter Lecture Series.