DISCOVER WINTER SKILLS
2 DAYS | RATIO 1:6 | FROM £180
The mountains in winter transform into a winter wonderland that draw walkers and climbers alike. The snow and weather brings a new set of challenges that can often seem daunting to those who are new to the winter season
This course will give you the confidence and technical know how to head out onto the winter hills and mountains to have your own adventures.
We run our winter skills course from Aviemore in the Cairngorms as it’s generally a reliable winter venue that gives us access to the snow fairly quickly.
IS IT FOR ME?
Our WINTER SKILLS COURSE is aimed at the keen summer walker who is relatively new to walking in winter and wants to head out into the winter hills and mountains with a new found confidence. It will allow you to confidently plan your winter day and give you the training to use an ice axe and crampons with confidence.
If you are keen to enjoy the winter season with a new set of skills then this is the course to set you on your way to a lifetime of enjoyment in the winter hills.
Some summer hill walking experience would be useful but not essential.
Over the two days we would typically cover:
Planning your day around the weather and avalanche hazard.
Use of ice axe and crampons
Introduce winter navigation
Look at efficient movement on snow and ice.
How to stop a slip or trip,
Practice ice axe arrest
Look at winter clothing and equipment selection
How to move on steeper terrain.
What to do in an emergency.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
You will need equipment to allow you to operate on the hills on a cold winters day, so lots of warm clothes and gloves are essential. If you have your own ice axe and crampons then please bring them along, we have axes and crampons that we can loan out or they can be hired locally.
WE WILL SEND OUT A COMPREHENSIVE KIT LIST UPON BOOKING.