Mesmerizing, enchanting, enthralling…whatever name you want to give to the mountains and the scenic views it provides during the winter will absolutely fit in. This gives all the more reasons to many out there to venture out in the snow and walk your way up to the hills to spend some love time amidst the wind and snow. But everything comes with a price and so do these mesmerizing views of the snow-capped hills. Higher the altitude, greater is the risk for various climatic barriers and rough terrains.

So, if you are planning to take that much-awaited trip to the hills and be a part of the climatic conundrum that happens out there, it is better to equip yourself with some tips and necessary tools to walk your way firmly and safely to your destination.

Knowledge Is Power

And so, does the proverb goes. Good knowledge of the fundamental mountain skills will empower you to explore the terrains unknown to you more safely. With proper knowledge, you will also grow confident. Check the weather forecast beforehand along with avalanche reports. These are some of the vital stats you have to confirm before venturing into the hills. You can only make an informed decision and go on the intended route once you have all the knowledge on the snowpack behaviour, avalanche warnings, and how the snow and weather are going to affect the trail you are looking to venture.

It does not take much time for the weather to change during the winters. The trail which was safe a day or two before can pose threats today. Treat every area as if you have never been there before, just to be safe.

Take Proper Gear

This one is obvious yet it is still worth mentioning. The correct gear is vital when you are going on a tricky trail in the snow. Ice axes, walking poles with snow baskets, crampons, and of course, crampon compatible boots are a must. Get familiar with the equipment before hitting the trail and when you are traveling above the snowline, it is ideal to practice the use of gears in your neighbouring areas around the house that is covered with snow.

Apart from the gears, you should also rely highly on GPS devices that should always be accompanied by a laminated OS map. A good compass for cross-reference is also significant. You should be prepared to face any challenges or incidents that might happen to you out there, so a well-stocked first-aid kit is important.

Staying on a Flexible Track

Do not plan a route without having some escape route or alternative routes ready. This will help you when you have faced any dangerous situation and can easily switch to the escape route to come off the hill safely. The going on the hill will be much slower than it is expected in summer so break your routes into small parts so that you can cover it easily in time.

A Wholesome Preparedness

You can only say that you are completely prepared once you have mastered the layering of your clothing. A significant base layer, middle layer, and outer layer will help you stand strong if the climate suddenly poses a challenge. And at the same time, it is important to let your friends and family know where you are heading and your estimated date of return in case of emergencies.