• Essential tips & techniques for winter conditions

  • Navigation

  • Route selection

  • Safe travel techniques

  • Security on steep ground

  • Weather assessment

  • Avalanche assessment

This course is ideal for those preparing for their Winter Mountain Leader assessment or those who are already qualified and are looking at refreshing their skills.

Michael works at Scotland’s national outdoor centre Glenmore lodge, delivering Winter mountain leader courses – so is ideally placed to pass on the latest top-tips and techniques to help you on your way.

Please contact us for our available dates.


Our one-day Winter Mountain Leader Qualification Refresher covers essential tips and techniques for leading others in winter conditions.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

About Summit Mountain Skills

To learn about Summit Mountain Skills, you have to understand that my love for the outdoors started when I was just 7 years old. My father and I walked the Pennine way together and I instantly became hooked.

Over 40 years, my adventures have taken me all over the world with climbing and mountaineering trips across the UK, the Alps and the beautiful Himalayas.

I am a fully qualified Mountaineering Instructor. Such qualifications allow me to work all year, both in the summer (where I work in North Wales and the Peak District) and the winter (where I move to Scotland due to the scenic views). I take pride in transferring the skills I have developed over the years to other individuals, and watching their confidence and skills grow.

My work consists of introductory mountaineering courses right through to training and assessing Mountain Leaders; I also take pride in leading overseas trips. In addition to providing instruction at Glenmore Lodge – Scotland’s National Outdoor Centre – I have delivered Winter Safety lectures for the BMC and worked for Jagged Globe on rock and scrambling courses across the UK. I am also a course director for Mountain Training Wales, leading qualification courses for the organisation in the summer and winter.

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