So, has anyone done anything enjoyable over the winter then?
I went to the Lake District unguided for the first time in late October. The weather was awful, but fun in it's own way. On the day with the best weather, we summited Helvellyn at 0600 to avoid the crowds. We didn't see anyone else on the way up, and when we got to the top a Cessna flying along the ridgeline waved at us! The colours of the sunrise were incredible, it's an experience I don't think I will ever forget.
I'd like to get some winter walking/mountaineering training for next year, and return next February. We don't have any snow where I live, but the mountains look amazing under it.>>3
Have you tried water purification? As long as you're above the altitude for agricultural runoff, they'll make the water safe to drink. I find Chlorine Dioxide tabs don't taint the taste of the water too much.