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winter skills 

scotland 2 day

Experience Scottish winter and discover the highlands in the snow - learn new skills and refine winter techniques, getting to grips with ice axes and crampons

Scotland has more guaranteed winter conditions compared to the Lake District, we recommend booking a Scottish trip for more reliable snow and ice 

2 DAY COURSE

 PRICES:£195pp

OVERVIEW

This is a beginner winter 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; we will be looking at good movement skills,  decision making and judgement of the terrain in the winter environment. 

COURSE OUTLINE

Day 1 will meet in the Explorer Cafe in Tiso, Aviemore town centre.  We will start here will course introductions before moving out for a day looking at the fundamentals of winter walking and safe practise for the winter hills.

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. ​

Any subsequent days meet at the Cairn Gorm ski centre; we use the cafe here for debriefs

SKILLS COVERED

Movement on snow

Look at using the boot as a tool, using the edges of the boot and kicking steps for security in steep, snowy groundIce axe technique - for security and balance on steeper terrain and for cutting steps to aid movement up and down the slope

Crampons

Fitting crampons correctly, walking in crampons and front pointing.  We will look to use crampons on a variety of terrain including snow, ice and rock in ascent and descent. 

Ice Axe Braking/Self arrest 

Looking at techniques from self belay through to halting a slip and arresting slides and tumbles, from feet first to head first and gaining control 

Avalanche Awareness

To stay safe and develop understanding of a hazardous and dynamic landscape.  We will look at weather forecasting, avalanche reports and observations of the snow in the real world when out on the hill 

Winter navigation

All those summer features become covered by snow; practice on a different scale map and winterise your navigation; looking at appropriate techniques and gaining confidence to navigate in white out conditions 


 

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This course is non residential - please get in touch for recommendations on where to stay as we can provide a list for accommodation

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BY THE END OF THE COURSE, YOU CAN EXPECT TO

Be able to look after yourself in poor weather, 

Understand your kit and its limitations in the winter environment, 

Be more confident in ice axe and crampon techniques (snow dependent),

Be a more confident navigator, 

Be in a strong position to head out whatever the weather  

YOU WILL NEED

You will need to wear suitable clothing for winter mountaineering, including a full set of waterproofs, warm layers, hat & gloves, ski goggles and winter mountaineering boots.

These boots should be rigid and rated to B1/B2 standard (we can advise during the booking stage).

Boots can be hired from LDM, subject to sizes and availability of our stocks.

We can provide crampons, ice axe, helmets and other technical equipment.

WHY CHOOSE US?

Expert Instructors:

Our course is led by experienced instructors with a deep understanding of the Scottish winter environment. They are dedicated to providing high-quality instruction and ensuring each participant gains a solid foundation of skills.

Practical Application:

We believe in hands-on learning. Our course includes extensive practical exercises, allowing participants to immediately apply what they've learned in real-world situations.

Small Group Sizes:

We maintain small class sizes to ensure focussed attention and ample opportunity for questions, discussions, and where possible one-on-one guidance. 

Positive Learning Environment:

We foster a supportive and encouraging learning environment where participants can feel comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, and building confidence in their abilities.

Quality Equipment for Hire:

We can provide B2 boots for a small fee, as well as ice axes, crampons and helmets.  All of these are high quality and selected from premium outdoor brands, making sure you have a safe course with the best kit. 

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.

Minimum 2 people to run

 

We can provide additional instructors so if courses are full then please still enquire.  

Pre-Requisites 

18+

Experience of hill walking in summer conditions. 

 

You will need to be fit enough to be able to walk in the snow carrying a rucksack.

Please contact us to discuss regarding any queries 

Equipment

All technical equipment can be  provided & hired from LDM. 

Crampons & axes can be hired for the course  (£5 per day to use)

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

Boot hire is £10 per pair, per day

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 Aviemore - from the Ski Centre on Cairngorm. 

This course is non residential

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes.

2024 dates

10th-11th Feb 2024

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17th-18th Feb 2024

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All dates can be booked through the booking system here

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Hire our Lake District Mountaineering instructors for private and tailored programmes.

Suited to your goals & ambitions to make the most of YOUR time in the mountains. 

Day rates: 

1:1 £220

1:2 £250

1:4 £300

1:6 £360

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CONTACT

We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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Phone or WhatsApp:

07458353048

If calls are missed we will respond when possible, please leave a voicemail or text message where possible.

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