Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Advice -

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.

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