With Ian's rule in mind and daytime highs hovering around -20 C, ice climbing this weekend didn't appeal. However, it was a perfect opportunity to go hiking. Winter hiking has a few things going for it. It still gets one out of the house. It helps to keep off the winter fat. And it also prevents one from getting into an ice-climbing rut, whereby a day's outing amounts to a grand total of a pitch or three below treeline. Even if it's merely walking, I like to tag a summit every once in a while during the cold months. I find it helps to keep my head in the right place for when the stars line up to allow for a winter-alpine hit. But perhaps most important of all, getting up high when it's cold and snowy is simply good fun.
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