Scotland’s Winter mountains with one axe – guidebook features

Each journey is described in detail along with some background information for the mountain range and local area. Although not an instructional book, there is also some basic advice about the skills, clothing and safety equipment needed for a day’s outing in the winter hills.

Liathach main ridge
Early season snow on Liathach’s main ridge

All the journeys are clearly marked on bespoke maps, which are drawn to scale and extremely accurate. The guidebook is designed to be used with the relevent 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey Landranger Map or Harvey’s Mountain Map. Grid references are supplied for the start of every route and for every important navigational point throughout the journey.

The approach map for South Gully on Stob Ban

There are colour photographs for every route.

Turfy scrambling along the crest of the east ridge of Beinn a’ Choarainn

North Wales Scrambles – guidebook features

In addition to detailed route descriptions the book features some very handy topos to help identify where each scramble goes. For the more intricate scrambles, rather than just a directional line, a high resolution topo is provided. These endeavour to show, as far as possible, every significant twist and turn of a route.


The topo to the east face of Tryfan

Each scramble’s location is clearly indicated on the book’s bespoke approach maps. The guidebook is designed to be used, and works seamlessly well, with the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map of Snowdon (sheet 17). Grid references are supplied for the start of every route.

The approach map for the three routes in the upper Nant Ffrancon Valley

There is also a colour photograph for every scramble… and a nice one at that.

Crossing Crib y Ddysgl on a cold November day