No need to dash out and buy a woggle just yet. However, you do need to be prepared for what the Scottish mountains can, and will, throw at you. That means having the right gear for the mountain environment. Before you spend hundreds of pounds on new gear, check out the gear reviews in walking magazines or online. They are wiser counsels than myself on providing equipment advice, but please do not go out in trainers carrying a plastic bag!


Remember the old saying that you can experience all four seasons in a day on a Scottish hill and often do. Be prepared for the worst. The essentials that I always have with me are a map and compass, first aid kit, emergency shelter or survival bag and a whistle. I hope I will never need to use the two on the list but if I do I know they will be at the bottom of my rucksack.


5. Go on a course