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This is where you will find all our advice and tips. Click on the images to download the .PDF data sheet.

Probing Skills

Dave Etherington - Sunday, September 21, 2014

This video was created by Backcountry access and covers different probing techniques that can be used when searching for a victim buried in an avalanche.

Be avalanche aware!

Dave Etherington - Friday, September 19, 2014

Be avalanche aware!

This information document is a must read before you head into the winter mountains.

There are sections on identifying avalanche hazard and how to make a good considered decision.
Questions you should ask and information you should find out at home before you leave. When on your mountain journey what you should consider and look out for, for example key areas of risk. There are a number of useful references to where you can find further information. We strongly recommend you take a read of this document if you are heading into the mountains this winter.

Click here to download the "Be avalanche aware" PDF document.

Choosing an ice axe

Dave Etherington - Thursday, July 11, 2013

In this video there is some great advice on how to choose what type of ice axe you require for winter mountaineering

Get Mountain Fit

Steve Wilson - Monday, July 01, 2013

Most people who have an average level of fitness will be able to survive a trekking adventure, however there is a big difference between surviving the trip and being comfortable and enjoying it.

Preparing for your trek You should start your fitness training at least 4 months before your departure with a focus on key muscle groups: core, lower back, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Coming down is a lot harder on the knees so put some focus on the muscles that support your knees.

Altitude - Information Sheet

Steve Wilson - Thursday, June 20, 2013

High altitude is defined as heights between 1,550m and 3,500m above sea level, very high altitude ranges from 3,500m to 5,500 and extreme altitude is 5,500m and above.

As we gain altitude air pressure reduces and oxygen content reduces, this makes it harder for us to take oxygen into our body. In addition to this barometric pressure is higher at the equator than the poles so ascending Kilimanjaro near the equator will seem easier than Mt Vinson in the Antarctic.

Choosing a set of crampons

Dave Etherington - Friday, June 14, 2013

Crampon Selection

Steve Wilson - Saturday, May 18, 2013

A bit of advice on how to select the correct boots for the crampons you need.

Sun Protection

Steve Wilson - Friday, March 29, 2013

Protecting yourself from the effects of the sun is even more important at altitude. The higher you go, though it may feel colder, the stronger your exposure to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays. If you reach the snowline then the effects are compounded by reflection from the snow.

Whatever the season or altitude there are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself from the sun.


Steve Wilson - Thursday, March 28, 2013

If you’re going trekking the most important part of your body are your feet, because without them, your not going anywhere. Picking the right boots and socks, training and general foot care and maintenance are all part of the strategy you will need to keep your feet in 'tip top' condition during your trek.

Take a look at our leaflet 'LOOKING AFTER YOUR FEET' for more information and tips…


Steve Wilson - Friday, November 16, 2012
Even the best backpack available if packed badly can be uncomfortable and even lead to more serious problems. Here are the key points to making you backpack work for you; 

Get Organised 
Lay your kit out before you pack it, this will make you more aware of where items are packed. Pack your sleeping bag in the bottom of your pack along with any additional lightweight items you don’t need during the day. Cluster related small items together in colour coded or labeled bags, if you arecarrying fuel make sure it is adequately sealed. Split the weight of large communal items, with others in your group, so spreading the load. Keep often used and emergency items where you can get to them (ideally in the lid pocket), this includes your map and compass, phone, emergency contact information and first aid kit. 

Keeping Dry 
Most backpacks are not waterproof even if they have a rain cover they still tend to get wet after a period in the rain, so you will need to use a waterproof liner with all your kit inside it or use individual dry-bags for different groups of kit. If you are using individual bags you may want to write on them what they contain i.e. WATERPROOFS so it makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Also remember that sleeping bag compression sacks are not normally waterproof either so you will need to placeyour sleeting bag inside a dry-bag or use a waterproof compression sac. 

Hydration Options 
Most packs today are hydration compatible, this means they will accommodate a water bladder and have an access point to feed a drinking tube through to the outside of your pack. If your going to a cold environment you may consider using a wide mouth drinking bottle with a tube conversion kit and insulated tube sleeve, which enables you to drink from the bottle if the tube freezes. 

Download here: Packing your backpack

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