SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS
A fully immersive Scottish winter experience - learn, refine and develop all things winter; from ice axe and crampons to winter navigation and avalanche awareness.
Max Ratio 1:6
4 Day Course
This is a fully immersive course that allows each aspect of winter mountaineering to be covered in depth and allow each day to be rich in content.
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.
Each day of this course will head up onto the high mountain plateau of the cairngorms.
Day 1: Will introduce planning, preparation, avalanche awareness and the winter environment.
Day 2: Ice axe, crampons, step cutting and use of the boots will be covered - along with self arrest and self belay on steeper slopes.
Day 3: Navigation day - a journey across the plateau looking at winter navigation and the different skills needed when the weather turns and snow covers the features.
Day 4: We will use the skills learnt on each day 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.
Please contact us for a bespoke package
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. Please make use of our winter kit lists.