Avalanche Awareness for Walkers

Avalanche Awareness for Walkers

Price: £295 pd

Duration: 1 day

Avalanche training course for Scottish winter hill walking. Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.


Avalanche Awareness for Walkers  | Price: £295 pd | Duration: 1 day

Avalanche Awareness for Walkers

#Winter Walking

Our one day Avalanche Awareness training course is aimed at winter hill walkers who find themselves in the mountain environment making decisions about the stability of the snowpack.

The risk of avalanche in the Scottish mountains is often underestimated. However avalanches do occur, many as a result of walkers and mountaineers, and many with disastrous consequences. Anyone who plans to spend time in the mountains during winter should know about avalanches and how to avoid them. Our Avalanche Awareness courses educate on the various types of avalanches, why they occur and where they occur. We also analyse and test the snowpack for stability and look at indicators that could result in an avalanche. 

Understanding an avalanche forecast and being able to apply this information to a map is essential. Once on the mountain, being able to identify key places, safe routes and slope angles are all vital skills.  

We start with the basics and work through to planning and going on a mountain journey as follows:

- Planning & Preparation - avalanche & weather forecasting
- Using the "Be Aware" information sheet
- Winter navigation
- Weather influences
- Terrain influences
- Digging snow pits to analyse the snowpack and its layers
- Different types of avalanche
- Observations on the mountain
- Making good decisions on the mountain
- Safe route choice

The focus of the day is to learn about avalanche avoidance and gain greater understanding of how avalanches are triggered.

To get the most from this course you should have some winter walking experience and be comfortable moving in the mountains. 

We can cater for up to six people per course.

Level > Easy
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£295 pd