1. Don’t try to go walking in very deep, powdery snow without snow shoes.
2. Piglet doesn’t really like sleeping out when it’s cold, and she gets cold very quickly when I stop, even to take pics. I think future winter trips will be confined to one night at a time, until such time as she enjoys them more (if ever).
3. The Ruffwear Web Master dog harness is absolutely brilliant, and worth every penny of the £40 I spent on it. So too is the Hurtta Pro Winter dog jacket: £50 well spent. Piglet’s Equafleece is great, but in very wet conditions (including snow) the Hurtta jacket is better because it doesn’t absorb water.
4. The Ruffwear doggy boots and socks are good, but Piglet refused to wear them after the first full day. I think she’d probably developed bruised claws, as I would if I were running in ill-fitting trainers. (Not that I have claws, but YKWIM…) The lessons for me, I think, are that I should trim P’s claws back a bit, over time, and get her used to wearing the boots when we walk in the woods, so that she’s used to them when she next needs them. Her wee feeties were fine in the snow, but I think the salt on the roads stung her paws a few times 😦 Protection against salt and grit may turn out to be the main benefit of the boots for Piglet.
5. My Paramo trail shirt thingy is absolutely excellent! I’ve had it for several years but I rarely use it. On this trip, though, I wore it daily with my Paramo salopettes and Icebreaker baselayer (and Paramo Viento jacket), and I didn’t need to wear my down smock at any stage when walking. I was so warm, in fact, that I rarely needed to wear gloves, and on all but one occasion the only gloves I needed, when I did actually wear them, were my skinny little under-glove things. That’s very unusual for me, as my hands are normally the first part of me to get cold, and once cold they’re very slow to warm up.