Pocket winter walking checklist

Heading out into Snowdonia’s mountains this winter? Make sure you pack the correct kit to stay safe out on the slopes.

It may be tempting to leave stuff out and travel light, but in the winter months Snowdonia has an alpine climate. Even if there isn’t a covering of snow, be prepared for ice, storm force winds and extreme windchill on the summits. It can be very different from when you set off!

Use our kit list to check off the items you need. This list assumes you will not be tackling Grade 1-or-above scrambles or any gradients where being roped together is required.

Our handy kit list

  1. 1. What is your Plan B? Have it mapped out and timed too.

2. Extra hat, socks and gloves.

3. Map and compass. Have a paper map in case your GPS device or phone dies on you.

4. Mobile phone battery fully charged (tip: turn off GPS until you really need it).

5. Walking poles.

6. Ice axe and crampons if walking in icy conditions.

7. Spare carrier bag for wet gear.

8. Sunglasses / goggles with interchangeable lenses.

9. Torch/head-torch with good batteries.

10. Water.

11. Chocolate and energy bars.

12. Sign up for emergency SMS/text messaging (Text “register” to 999).

13. Survival Bag, such as these sold by Lifesystems.

14. First aid kit, including aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen.

15. Add emergency numbers into your phone:

  • – If you’re stranded on the coast dial 999 / 112 and ask for the Coastguard
  • – When caving dial 999 / 112 and ask for the Police and then Cave Rescue
  • – In the mountains dial 999 / 112 and ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue
  • – Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return – give them your number

More winter walking advice

For tips on clothing, read our blog about layering. Alternatively, find more general advice on winter mountain walking here.

Enjoy your winter waking, and stay safe!