lakes winter skills
Progress from the 1 day course and join us for a second day. This allows time for skills to be refined and a mountain journey to be achieved in the high fells on day 2.
Instructor Ratio - 1:6
2 Day Course
Private bookings offered outside of our course dates
This course covers all the same techniques as the 1 day course, but allows for more contact time, skill refinement and improvement as well the opportunity to undertake a winter mountain journey.
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
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 is provided.
We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage
Crampons & ice 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 small 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.
8th-9th January 2022 - 9:00am
22nd-23rd January 2022 - 9:00am
19th-20th February 2022 - 9:00am
24th-25th February 2022 - 9:00am
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
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.