lakes winter skills
Winter is a great time to be in the mountains. Learn the basics of winter walking, navigation and get to grips with new technical equipment.
Instructor Ratio - 1:6
1 Day Course
Private bookings offered outside of our course dates
This is a beginner course designed to introduce hill walkers to the delights of winter walking.
We hope to develop skills to allow access into the high mountains when covered in snow and ice, giving you the technical knowledge to understand how to remain safe in this dynamic environment.
On this course we cover:
Movement on snow - using the boot as a tool and kicking steps
Ice axe technique - for security and balance and for cutting steps
Crampons - fitting crampons, walking in crampons and front pointing
Self arrest - for halting a slip and gaining control
Avalanche awareness - to stay safe and develop understanding of a hazardous and dynamic landscape
Winter navigation - all those summer features become covered; practice on a different scale map and winterise your navigation.
The Helvellyn massif is usually the most reliable for winter weather but if the conditions are right, be prepared to explore any of the high Lakeland fells in snowy conditions.
You will need to wear suitable clothing for winter mountaineering, including a full set of waterproofs, warm layers, hat & gloves, ski goggles and winter walking boots.
These boots should be rigid and rated to B1/B2 standard (we can advise during the booking stage).
Boots can be hired from LDM, subject to sizes and availability of our stocks.
We can provide crampons, ice axe, helmets and other technical equipment.
This course is non residential
The price of this day is inclusive of:
A qualified Mountaineering Instructor/Winter Mountain Leader
Affiliated with AMI & Mountain Training Association
Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
Professional coaching & instruction
Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course
1:6 Ratio - 6 people per 1 instructor
Our instructors can teach up to 6 people on this course.
This course is open to the public and has 6 spaces per course.
If you would like a private day or 1:1 course, please enquire.
Experience of hill walking in summer conditions.
You will need to be fit and healthy and able to walk in the snow carrying a rucksack.
Some navigational knowledge will be beneficial (map & compass)
Please contact us to discuss regarding any queries
All technical equipment can be provided.
We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage
Crampons & axes provided
You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have appropriate mountain footwear
(B1/B2 boots - these are rigid to take crampons)
We have a selection of boots to hire subject to sizes and availability
Our venues are carefully selected and tailored to get the most out of the programme.
The course is based in Glenridding and uses the Hevellyn area.
If the conditions are better somewhere else in the national park, we will go to this location.
Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes.
We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals.
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