…AND CONSIDER YOUR KIT
I would always recommend carrying a survival shelter or bivvy bag in winter. These act to block air flow and convection from robbing you of heat if you need a rest or get injured. Plus a head torch as darkness can fall much more quickly than you might think in the depths of winter. (And deliberate night-walks in wintertime can be magical anyway). Try the Petzl
Tikka XP (£50, www.petzl.co.uk). Don’t forget that batteries drain faster when it’s cold, so your devices (especially phones) will run out of charge more
quickly. Keep the devices as warm as possible to avoid rapid discharge, keep some spare batteries to hand, and consider a portable charger. A simple one like the GP PowerBank
2600 costs just £7 ( uk.gpbatteries.com) and will recharge a smartphone once, while a more advanced unit like the GoalZero Venture 30 (£80, www.goalzero.com) does multiple recharges – and its bright LED display doubles as a torch.