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Sat looking over to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin it’s great to see the evening sun highlighting a good dusting of snow on the tops of the peaks.

The mountains look beautiful but there’s no doubt its cold out there!  We all know that Scottish weather is fickle, to say the least and as we enter ‘summer’ the snows are a good reminder that it can still be cold!  I have been mountaineering in the Scottish mountains for over 14 years and have been snowed on in the mountains every month except for July and August!

If you’re out on the hills at the moment wrap up warm and don’t be fooled by the light evenings into letting your guard down with your navigation ability or your kit!

Essential kit even for summer hillwalking should include good walking boots with ankle support and good soles, warm clothes including walking trousers and a good base layer, mid layer and outer layer on top.  Good waterproofs and a spare mid-layer in the rucksack and definitely hat and clothes at the moment.

Also, make sure you have thought about energy and hydration (food and drink) and have packed your navigational kit – and know how to use it! (see top navigation tip below).

Feel free to e-mail any questions about kit or anything else you might want to know to

Jon’s Working Week 

My shoulder finally feels good and strong after ripping a muscle in it over a year ago (physio does work!) and I am excited to be back out on the rock and climbing again.  Upcoming courses include Guided Mountain Scrambles based in Glen Coe and including routes such as the Aonach Eagadh and other classic scrambles, a few local rock climbing courses located in the central belt and I am excited to get my teeth into a project that’s a fairly big development of a local climbing wall.  For any more info or to join any courses e mail me.

Jon’s Walk of the Week:    Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin from Loch Earnhead (OS Landranger Sheet 57 and 52)