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Before I started running, I had a solid background in mountaineering gained over many years, including Scottish winter climbing with long approaches and with experience of severe storm force winds, and a corresponding ability to navigate in any conditions, and to stay out and operate for long (12 hour +) days.
I have only last year started to explore trail running however, and completed the Beachy Head Marathon in October. So I'm still very much a novice trail runner, in bold contrast. I am keen to narrow the gap this winter.
I'm curious - what do trail/fell runners do in snow conditions? Stay below the snow-line or go out in XC spikes or trail shoes when the snow has consolidated?
Obviously I'm not considering doing a ridge run on rime- or snow covered rock without appropriate winter footwear and equipment, but I was wondering if fell runners do go out on less brutal terrain - convex, undulating hills, for example?
I am keen to experiment, but would value others' advice enormously. Thank you.