If you’re planning on hillwalking, then ‘Hope for the best; plan for the worst’ is a sound attitude. Just carrying an ice axe and crampons when you’re venturing over the tops in winter conditions is not enough. You have to know how to use them competently and to be able to read the terrain and weather safely.
A course at one of Britain’s top outdoor centres will give you an excellent start:
Plas y Brenin – the National Mountain Centre – www.pyb.co.uk
Glenmore Lodge – the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre – www.glenmorelodge.org.uk
Useful info, advice and occasional courses and talks can be found at the British Mountaineering Council (BMC); it’s not just for climbers but a useful resource for walkers as well – www.thebmc.co.uk