When mountain climbing in winter, it is vital to have the right equipment to prevent climbing accidents which can cause serious injuries.
Equipment required for mountain climbing in winter
The equipment you will need when mountain climbing in winter includes:
- 30 to 50 litre rucksack with waterproof lining
- Winter mountaineering boots – stiff soled four season plastic or leather boots that will take crampons.
- Warm, medium-weight quality mountain socks and gaiters, preferably breathable
- 12-point mountaineering crampons (ideally clip-on) with anti-balling plates and bag
- Ice axes (a single 50 to 65 cm axe for general mountaineering or a 50cm technical axe & hammer for climbing
- Harness, preferably with adjustable leg loops
- Hardware (belay plate, karabiners and sling; rock-centrics, ice screws and wires; quickdraws, rope and so on)
- Easily adjustable helmet (big enough to fit over a balaclava/warm hat)
- Good quality breathable waterproof jacket with large hood and waterproof sallopettes or trousers
- Gloves, preferably several pairs of thin liners, a pair of thick gloves and mitts
- Balaclava and hat
- Head torch and spare batteries
- 1-litre capacity water bottle or flask and food (cereal/power bars, chocolate, honey sandwiches, fruit cake)
- Thermal top, two fleece layers and warm duvet jacket with insulated, large hood
- Power stretch, fleece or similarly warm sallopettes or trousers
- First aid kit containing blister kit, plasters and personal medication; lip stick/balm and sun cream
- Emergency bivi-bag (shelter)
- Map, compass and goggles
- Mobile phone, fully charged (spare battery if possible)
Having this equipment should help prevent accidents when mountain climbing in winter and hypothermia if you should get caught in bad weather.
When accidents happen
Accidents can happen when mountain climbing in winter. Even the slightest slip or trip could lead to a fall from height with potentially serious consequences, as could failing equipment. If the latter happens and you are injured while mountain climbing because your equipment failed, you could qualify for compensation. You may also be entitled to make a personal injury claim if your climbing accident was caused by another member of your party or a mountain guide.
Accident Advice Helpline
With over 15 years’ experience in getting climbers the compensation they are entitled to, we have the skills and know-how to help you, too. You can find out more about claiming personal injury compensation by having a no-obligation chat with one of our helpful advisors on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 (from your mobile or UK landline) now. Completely confidential, our helpline is open 24/7.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice