It’s still winter in the mountains

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With spring flowers showing and warmer temperatures becoming more common, hill walkers are reminded that it’s still winter in the mountains.

“With days longer and warmer, people get more enthusiastic about getting out there in the mountains,” said mountain safety expert Heather Morning. “But they should remember that it’s just March – and conditions can be as fierce as they are at any time in the winter.”

Heather, Mountain Safety Adviser with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, reminded those intending heading for the hills that both the weather and conditions underfoot are still wintry, and ice axe, crampons and other winter equipment – along with the knowledge and skills to use them – remain essential.”

People heading for the hills should always check the forecast – the Mountain Weather Information Service at www.mwis.org.uk is specially focussed on mountain areas – and can gain further essential information by checking mountain webcams and the sportscotland Avalanche Information Service at www.sais.gov.uk