Winter Skills - 2 days

Winter Skills - 2 days

Price: £165 pp

Duration: 2 days

Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.

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Winter Skills - 2 days  | Price: £165 pp | Duration: 2 days

Winter Skills - 2 days

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Our 2-day Winter Walking Skills course covers the fundamental hill walking skills required for staying safe in Scotland's mountains during winter.

We'll introduce and practice techniques such as: personal movement to prevent slipping (cramponing, step kicking and cutting); using an ice axe; self-arrests; winter navigation; planning and preparation; snow pack analysis; avalanche avoidance; emergency procedures; and understanding the winter environment.

These skills are coached each day in the context of a mountain journey. Our aim is to help you to gain familiarity with these skills, allowing you to get out into the mountains to practise and consolidate.   

This course is mainly practical and based out on the hill. 

This two day course will leave you with the confidence and knowledge to go hill walking safely in winter.

Typical itinerary

Day One
We look at how to prepare for winter, what we carry, how we carry it and why we carry it. We also look at weather and avalanche forecasts and what they mean. Once on the mountain it’s all about safe and efficient travel, good footwork, simple use of ice axes, self-arrests and avalanche awareness.
 
Day Two
We continue to develop our personal movement skills on day two which includes cramponing and moving on steeper terrain, different types of self-arrests, more avalanche awareness and snowpack analysis, and emergency procedures. We’ll introduce winter navigation; planning and preparation; identifying features; timings and pacing, and taking bearings.
 

(Please note: the weather and snow conditions means the itinerary is subject to change.)

Course highlights

- Learn how to use crampons & ice axes
- Planning a mountain day
- Avalanche awareness skills
- Self-arrests
- Winter navigation
- Emergency procedures
- Independence in the mountains
- Understand the winter environment
- Qualified & experienced guides
- Small group sizes
 

Ice axe, crampon and helmet hire are included in the course fee. If you need to rent winter boots, Cairngorm Mountain Sports are an excellent choice and can be reached on +441479 810903.

Being comfortable and protected from the elements is all about having the right equipment. You can access our recommended equipment list here.

We use the Aviemore youth hostel as our base during winter. It's also a great place to stay. Alternative local accommodation options can be viewed here.

If you are part of a student group or a hill walking club we offer discounted winter skills courses. Please get in touch for more information.

We also run 5 day winter skills and Introduction to Winter Walking courses. The latter is a novice course.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Level > Moderate
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Course Dates

2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days
2 days
£165 pp
Winter walking skills course based in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Scotland.
Winter Skills - 2 days