UKML 5-DAY INTRODUCTION TO WINTER MOUNTAINEERING
£695 (£590 – 15% discount until 31st Oct 18)
5 nights Accommodation in Kincraig, Cairngorms
Food (Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals)
5 days guiding and instruction
Ideal for anyone with some winter hillwalking experience wishing to progress onto more technical terrain in the challenging winter environment. This course will teach you essential snow-craft skills required to keep you safe. Over the 5-day course, our qualified and experienced instructors will cover the following in detail:
Route planning, guidebook interpretation
Correct use of Crampons and Ice Axes
Movement on snow and ice on graded routes
Placing protection in Ice and rock
Creating snow and ice anchors
Navigating in the winter environment
Avalanche awareness and avoidance
Weather and Hazardous conditions
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 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, navigate in winter conditions and dealing with survival situations.
As the course progresses, we will plan longer days to include some classic graded winter climbs and ridges. You will look at placing protection on graded winter climbs and have the opportunity to second some harder routes with our experienced instructors. So if you have previously attended our ‘Introduction to Winter Hill-walking’ course or have some previous experience walking in the winter mountains, then this course would be suitable for you.
2019 Course Dates
All course dates are Mon to Fri with accommodation provided from the Sunday evening before the course until the Friday morning.
What previous clients have thought:
I had an amazing week on the introduction to winter mountaineering course with Danny and all the rest of the guys! I soaked up a vast amount of skills and knowledge from all the team and had some of my best days in the mountains to date in the wonderfull Cairngorms. I was really impressed with the whole setup, great accommodation, fully stacked kitchen, great food (Danny throws down in the kitchen!) and a great sense of camaraderie between the team and all the guys on the course! Highly recommended.
I attended the UKML Winter Skills + Mountaineering course in January 2017.
Absolutely fantastic five days out on the mountains – despite the lack of snow. Danny, Dave and the other instructors they brought on board were first rate. Huge wealth of experience and a great teaching approach meant I came away with a vastly improved skill base. Knowing there wasn’t much snow to be had that week, I’d feared I wouldn’t get what I wanted from the course but in the end, the week surpassed all my expectations.
It helps having people who know the Cairngorms so well and where and when to go for what we needed. The group had a mixed skill level before the week and the instructors were spot on in how to divide the group up appropriately so everyone got what they needed from the week – going to show it’s not just their qualifications that matter but also how good they are at getting their knowledge across to everyone effectively.
To top it off, the accommodation was great and the food cooked by Danny was spot on every day! I’ll certainly be back again.