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SOAC and Walking Info

Before heading for the Hills

  1. Wear the appropriate boots and clothes. Have waterproofs, spare clothes and a torch as back up.
  2. Have the correct map (OS LandRanger 41 is a good one for Glencoe) and a compass and know how to use them.
  3. Have enough food and drink to see you through the day and some spare as back up.
  4. Leave a note of your route, and expected time of return with someone.
  5. Check out the weather conditions before you go.
  6. Make sure you know access rights AND responsibilities. Always respect others’ rights to be in the countryside too and Leave No Trace that you have visited.

TV and radio are good for the weather forecast but not always detailed; there are a number of good websites you can use.
The Mountain Weather Information Service is specifically for mountaineers.
The BBC gets details direct from the met office
Metcheck are good for mountaineering and for ski-ing and boarding.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service provides daily reports on snow conditions through the winter.


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