lakes winter skills 
1 day

Winter is a great time to be in the mountains.  Learn to basics of winter walking, navigation and get to grips with new technical equipment. 

Instructor Ratio - 1:6

1 Day Course

Open Session:

£90pp

Private bookings offered outside of our course dates

OVERVIEW

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). 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

  • Technical equipment 

  • Professional coaching & instruction

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Exclusive discount for LDM customers when booking this course

Course Ratios

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.   

Pre-Requisites 

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 

Equipment

All technical equipment is 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

Click here for more info

Click here for a video on winter kit

Venue

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.

 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

january

6th January 2022 - 9:00am

18th January 2022 - 9:00am

february

3rd February 2022 - 9:00am

17th February 2022 - 9:00am

march

TBC - Conditions Dependent 

Can't see a date that works for you? Contact us for private and bespoke courses. We are happy to discuss your ideas and tailor a programme for you

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CONTACT

WhatsApp: 07458353048

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cancellation policy

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.