LAKES WINTER SKILLS
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.
Max Ratio 1:6
1 Day Course
1:2 £170 (£85pp)
1:3 £195 (£65pp)
1:4 £220 (£55pp)
1:5 £250 (£50pp)
1:6 £270 (£45pp)
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.
We recommend having some summer hill walking experience before undertaking this course
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.