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winter skills

Our winter skills courses are designed for summer hill walkers looking to progress into winter hiking and mountaineering.  Our courses run in either the Lake District or in Scotland.


Our LDM Lake District based courses are delivered from Glenridding, using Helvellyn and the surrounding mountains.  We will be looking at the use of ice axes and crampons and developing confidence in the winter environment. 

For more guaranteed winter conditions, book a course in Scotland. We run these courses on the wild mountain plateau of the Cairngorms.  Accommodation is available in Aviemore and the surrounding areas.  This an amazing place to learn basic skills for winter such as using ice axe and crampons, winter navigation and building your avalanche awareness knowledge. 

Swirral Edge in Winter


lake district - 1 day

For hill walkers progressing into winter hiking; learn the basics of winter walking & navigation.  Our focus is winter preparation; ice and crampons will be used and taught only if required.

Winter Skills Courses


lake district - 2 day

This extended course allows time for skills to be refined and a mountain journey to be achieved in the high fells on the second day, allowing further consolidation of new skills. 


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


winter skills 

scotland - 4 day

A fully immersive Scottish winter experience - learn, refine and develop all things winter; from ice axe and crampons to winter navigation and avalanche awareness. 

WHAT customers SAY

Lake District Winter Walking

An absolutely fantastic day - Sam was highly informative and imparted a huge amount of info during our climb on Helvellyn. Conditions were extremely challenging but Sam's expertise meant we were able to handle high winds and a blizzard safely. 

Winter in the Cairngorms

I couldn't recommend this course more. As someone who wants to make the step from summer hill walking to winter this was the perfect opportunity. Sam was professional throughout and guided us through the correct safety procedures so that we could be out in the fells. It was a positive environment throughout. 

Mess of Pottage, walking in the Cairngorms

Had a great day out on the hills with Sam. Would highly recommend, he's very knowledgeable and encouraging. 


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

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