5 nights Accommodation in Kincraig, Cairngorms
Food (Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals)
5 days guiding and instruction
Designed for those with some summer hillwalking experience who want to travel in the British mountains confidently at any time of year. This course will teach you the necessary skills to stay safe in the most demanding and unforgiving winter months. Over the 5-day course, our qualified and experienced instructors will cover the following in detail:
Navigating in the winter environment
Avalanche awareness and avoidance
Weather and Hazardous conditions
Route planning, guidebook interpretation
Correct use of Crampons and Ice Axes
Movement on snow and ice
The course will be very practical with an emphasis on learn through doing. Each morning we will assess the weather/avalanche forecasts and plan a suitable route before heading into the Cairngorms and surrounding mountains. For the first 2 days, you will learn essential winter skills, how to use ice axe and crampons, self-arrest practice on steep ground, navigating in winter conditions and dealing with survival situations. As the course progresses, we will plan longer days to include several classic Scottish Munros if weather conditions allow. So if this is your first foray into the Winter environment or you have limited experience and would like to learn new skills, this course is ideal for you.
What previous participants have said:
“Spent a brilliant 5 days doing the winter hillwalking course.Great opportunity to learn and practice skills with great knowledgeable instructors.Will definitely be back soon for the winter mountaineering course”.
“great price and a fantastic team with a lot of experience and expertise. great chance to get your skills up and start your winter mountain skills with the right people”
“Really good course, picked up a lot of useful skills and learned a lot about how to assess weather and conditions. The course was also really enjoyable, would recommend”
“I arrived at the course with no experience of hill walking during summer or winter, little idea of what I was to learn, and generally nervous about what was to come. The week that followed was brilliant.
The rhythm of the week worked exceptionally well. Monday provided an excellent introduction that I referred back to over the longer walks that followed. The focus given to technique (using the axe, crampons, footing etc) translated really well to the walks, and this was underlined by how Danny, Ben, Olly and other experienced visitors kept gently reinforcing the teaching. Navigation was fun, and I realise we were very fortunate in how the weather turned out, but the application of compass, map, and pacing in the cloud was instructive and satisfying (even if I cheated a couple of times due to losing count/fumbling the coordinates).
I also massively appreciate the patience the team showed me given my blatant lack of fitness and readiness: much obliged. The general friendly professionalism shown by the team and the other experienced walkers/climbers we met was heartening. This open, straightforward and welcoming attitude really added to our enjoyment of the week.
There were a couple of instances where I felt a little out of my depth (due to nerves, vertigo and poor fitness), and on both occasions the leaders were super, spotting where I needed help or encouragement, and enabling me to safely finish trickier sections that would have scared me off otherwise. Thank you very much”.