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Winter Skills Courses


Typical Itinerary:

Although these courses can be run from the Lake District, Snowdonia, and Scotland national parks, we are governed by the snow conditions, so will run the course depending on conditions at the time. Generally the Cairngorms are our best option as the snow generally settles here first, and tends to stick around when other places have lost their snow.

Before we head out into the hills, we will meet in the morning and have the opportunity to discuss everyone’s winter experience and aspirations for the course. This gives people the chance to give their input in how/what they would like to learn from the course. Again this has to be flexible depending on the group ability and the weather given on the day.
Below are the main topics that we hope to cover:

• Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking
• Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps.
• Self-arrest and the use of crampons in ascent/descent
• Emergency procedures
• Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
• Core techniques of winter navigation

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs, aims and the weather.

Equipment can be borrowed (If I have spare then your more than welcome to use it) If not then you can hire any winter equipment needed for the course.

The day/s will generally be from 8.45 – 17.00. We can be flexible with the timings depending on weather and your arrangements.