Crampons may be needed in full-on winter conditions. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Crampons may be needed in full-on winter conditions. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The long, warm days of the early summer are a distant memory and hill-goers need to put their outdoors brains into winter gear.

With nights drawing in, wind speeds rising and temperatures dropping, it’s important to equip yourself adequately.

And who better to give you an inside view of the recommended contents of a winter rucksack than Buxton Mountain Rescue Team member and mountaineering instructor Rob Wymer?

He’s put together a 10½-minute YouTube video with his thoughts on what a UK hillgoer might want to take with them on the hills now winter is approaching.

Should you pack crampons or microspikes? Are you betting carrying an insulating jacket with down or synthetic filling? And just what is a ‘stopping layer’?

There’s no absolute right and wrong on what to pack, but the advice of International Mountain Leader Wymer will certainly point you in the right direction and might even prompt you to fill your rucksack with the kind of equipment that will stop you becoming a customer of his rescue team.

There’s more advice on the Buxton MRT website.

Rob Wymer shares his views on the ideal contents of a winter rucksack

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