Our 5-day winter mountaineering course is for people, who would like to learn a bit more than just the basics. The course will naturally cover the basics of winter mountaineering in the UK, will also go beyond it. We will meet in the morning in Aviemore and drive to the hills after an introduction. The main locations we use for the winter mountaineering course are near Cairngorm where fewer groups tend to be. However, when the weather blocks us from getting to the Ski area we drive to Drumochter Summit area, which is also suitable for any winter skills course. All our instructors are qualified Winter Mountain Leaders or Mountain Instructors and have years of experience in running winter courses.
The first 2 days will cover the use of ice axe, crampons and how to walk on steep snow slopes. It also entails a deep understanding of avalanche awareness and how to safely plan a day in the winter mountains. Most of all we focus on practical skills. We will practice ice axe arresting while wearing a rucksack and fit crampons on steeper ground. This is not only a great skill, but is also great fun. The third day is kind of a flexible day where the course can either focus more on already covered skills or it could include some rope work.
Winter Mountaineering Course Scotland
Finally, the highlight of the course is a 2-day expedition with navigation and staying in s snowhole. You will build a snowhole from scratch in a remote area in the Cairngorms and then stay in it for a night.
We provide more kit for free than anyone else, so you don’t have to buy or borrow it. In our winter skills courses, we offer the free use of ice axe, crampon, helmet, mountaineering rucksacks, goggles and warm hats. At the expedition, we also provide a snow shovel, cookers, bivi bag, winter sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Finally after this winter mountaineering course Scotland, participants should be self-reliant walkers in the Scottish hills.
We offer group discounts for groups of 3 and over. Just click on book now at the date you want to book, increase the number of participants in the basket and update to see how much you can save.
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