SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS
Not the lakes this time, but Scotland is the most reliable place to be for winter conditions in the mountains.
Max Ratio 1:6
2 Day Course
£160pp (£80 per day)
1:2 £160pp (£320)
1:3 £120pp (£360)
1:4 £100pp (£400)
1:5 £90pp (£450)
1:6 £80pp (£480)
This is a beginner course designed to introduce hill walkers to the delights of winter walking in Scotland. 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.
Day 2 of this course will head up onto the high mountain plateau of the cairngorms - we will use the skills learnt on day 1 to plan, prepare and undertake a mountain journey and summit an appropriate mountain. Being based in Aviemore and using the ski centre as a base will allow for quick and easy access to this high mountain area of the UK.
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.