Our two day advanced Winter Skills course, based in Aviemore, Scotland is designed to recap the fundamental techniques for safe travel in the mountains in winter conditions. On top of these core elements, we use more advanced terrain, easy section of water ice, how to manage steeper slopes with planning to use a rope. We also cover some basic emergency ropework, all using the rope alone. Scenarios such as protecting someone over a steep step and/or abseiling short steps/cornices.
Any technical equipment, crampons, ice axe and helmet is included in price
Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice
Effectively planning your days in the mountains, using weather and avalanche forecasts
Recap snow craft skills; focusing on efficient footwork; use of the ice axe for self-belay, step cutting and self arrest
Emergency procedures, digging shelters
Core, fundamental navigation techniques for winter travel
Ropework skills such as protecting someone either on ascent or descent of steep step
✓ Highly experienced & qualified guide
✓ On-course transport
✓ Mountaineering axe
✓ Group shelter
✓ First Aid kit
✓ Photos from your course
✓ Overview of the course content
What's not included?
✗ Course Insurance
✗ Winter Boots (we can arrange rental)
What do I need to bring?
Quality waterproofs i.e. Gore-tex or similar
B2-B3 style boots
Hat, waterproof gloves plus spares x 2 minimum
Winter walking socks
We advise wearing 2-3 thinner layers rather than one thick layer so you can adjust your temperature during the activity
'Belay' type jacket
Wicking base layers, top & bottoms
Goggles, double clear lens recommended
Head torch, plus spare batteries
Balaclava and neck gaiter
Lunch & warm drink
What else can we provide?
Reservation for boot hire
Pick up & drop-offs