Two days learning the skills required during winter to stay safe whilst walking in the mountains.  We will give you the opportunity to walk in some stunning environments, whilst developing your skills and improving your technique. A chance to use both ice axe and crampons, to give you a basic level of understanding of avalanche avoidance. Building emergency shelters, and of course winter navigation all under the expert guidance of our Instructors.

All we ask from you is a good level of hill walking fitness and the desire to experience winter walking.

DATES 15th/16th Dec 2021 – Fully Booked
24th/25th Jan 2022 – 2 places remain
Other dates – TBC
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Scotland (Aviemore, Glen Nevis, Glencoe or other locations)
DEPARTURE TIME 9:00
RETURN TIME Approximately 4:30 PM.
KIT LIST TYPE Winter Walking – Kit List – 2021
CONTENT OF EVENT Preparation and Journey Planning
Basic Navigation Skills
Mountain Weather
Winter Walking
Hazards and the avoidance of Avalanches
Techniques for using ice-axe and crampons
Snow Pack Analysis
Self Arrests
WHAT WILL I NEED Personal Winter Hill Walking Equipment
Food / Packed Lunch
Kit list – (From Above Detail)
NOT INCLUDED Accommodation (But we can provide at additional cost)
Personal Hill Walking Equipment (Unless HIRED)
Evening Meals
Lunch
PRE-REQUISITES A General level of fitness
Ability to walk for 6 hrs carrying a 40ltr rucksack

 

1

Day 1: Departure

08:30-09:30
Arrive at the designated meeting point for a welcome briefing and to discuss aspirations. Kit check and weather update with a prompt departure. Kit fitting and readiness is essential before we set off.
2

Winter skills session

09:30-16:00
Looking at movement skills and how to carry the additional equipment required in Winter. Further days would be required to practice all the skills required to be safe in the Winter Mountains, but this day is a great opportunity to get out for the first time and experience it. Discovering how the Winter Season changes the landscape and risks associated with that. We will focus on movement in crampons, avalanche awareness and basic self arrest techniques.
3

Back to base

16:00-16:30
Arrive back at base for a debrief, de-kit and a rewarding drink, chat and relax.

4

Day 2: Departure

08:30-09:30
Building on Day1, Kit check and weather update with a prompt departure. 
5

Day 2: Winter Skills

08:30-09:00
Meet up and review our plans for the day. Analyse the weather forecast and plan your journey.  Looking at what you learnt the previous day, you will be asked to make suggestions on the journey and plan for the day. Don’t worry, the ultimate decision will be left to our fully qualified guides. Then we look in more detail at Navigation in Winter, Emergency shelters, some assisted ascending and descending on tricky ground.
6

Back to base

15:30-16:30
Arrive back for a review of the two days, questions, reference material and advice about what next for you as a winter walker. Then a cuppa, cake and relax.