True Highlands Blog
Getting to the top of a snowy winter peak can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying moments in the hills. But it can feel like a deep plunge into the snowy unknown if you are just starting to get your head around the Scottish winter environment. There are many additional elements that you need to be safe and successful in addition to your summer walking skills.
One of the most popular pass-times in the Highlands is the pursuit of Munro bagging (hiking to the summit of mountains over 3000ft). To an outsider it can seem a daunting hobby to break into. There is a jargon and a set of unwritten rules that are vaguely intimidating, as well as the safety warnings that can be very off-putting. Here is a basic introduction that will hopefully de-mystify the art of munro-ing a bit and provide a few tips on where to get started.
The clocks have sprung forwards and now the evenings are long once again. ‘The Outdoor Capital of the UK’ (Fort William and Lochaber) is currently bathed in welcome sun and warmth – and as I write, the snow is melting fast.