by Mick Ryan We aren´t all seasoned winter climbers well versed in self-arrest, assessing snow and weather conditions, axe and crampon work, placing ice screws, navigating in white out conditions or even working out what to take on a trip to the frozen fells and mountains of the UK and Europe. Experience is a great teacher, as is seeking the services of a qualified climbing guide, experienced friend or going on a winter skills course. The next best thing is doing some reading or even better watching the BMC Winter Essentials DVD. You can view a trailer of that instructional DVD at awareness? Try this quiz at the Glenmore Lodge