Preparing for the Hills

What to take

The equipment that you need is a matter of personal preference, the time of year, the weather conditions and what you intend to do. Mountaineering Scotland’s website contains some useful guidance on kit for summer and winter.

See here for club equipment

Weather Forecasts

Mountain Weather Information Service – Region specific mountain forecasts
Scottish Avalanche Information Service – Avalanche risk
UK Met Office Mountain Weather Forecast – Mountain forecast
BBC Weather – General forecast
MetCheck Mountain Forecast – mountain forecast
XCWeather – Good for wind
SnowForecast – Good for freezing level

Live Weather Observations

Cairngorm Automatic Weather Station (the weather station on the summit)
Met Office Cairngorm Weather Station. Live (almost) observations. Often not working.


Scottish Outdoor Access Code – Your rights and responsibilities
Heading for the Scottish Hills – information on stalking activities etc
Nesting birds – Mountaineering Scotland’s advice for climbers

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