Those wanting to go walking
on mountains in the winter can benefit from having the right kind of walking boots
, an expert has said.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, editor of Trail Magazine Matt Swaine said: "Winter boots need to be stiff enough to kick steps into snow and your lightweight summer boots definitely won't do the job."
He suggested the most important consideration is having boots that fit well, rather than any one particular brand.
Mr Swaine also recommended using crampons for when it is impossible to kick steps into snow, while also having an ice axe to arrest falls.
And torches are important due to the short daylight hours, should the walk take longer than expected and darkness falls, he commented.
Those who take a hike in Scotland at this time of year may wish to bear in mind the risk of avalanches.
Five outposts exist for the Scottish Avalanche Information Service, which cover Lochaber, the northern Cairngorms, the southern Cairngorms, Creag Meagaidh and Glencoe.