This 5 day course will equip you with the complete skillset required for accessing the Scottish mountains under winter conditions.
The course is based in Aviemore.
A good level of hill walking fitness is required and determination is a must as Scottish winter days can be arduous and demanding. We may be on the hill for up to 6 hours each day.
Is it for me?
The course is ideal for those with summer or basic winter hill walking experience looking to expand on their skills or hillwalkers looking to refresh or update themselves.
The course is flexible, taking into account the prevailing conditions and your experience but will generally cover the following topics;
Preparation, equipment selection, basic winter movement skills, winter navigation, axe and crampons use, emergency shelters, winter expedition skills and accessing steep terrain.
All the topics take place in a practical format during a journey in the Scottish winter mountains.
With a maximum ratio of 1:6 this course ensures plenty of contact time with an experienced Leader. This course generally includes the ascent of a Scottish winter Munro if conditions allow. Use of helmet, ice axe and crampons are included however clients will need to provide their own winter B2/B3 boots. We can assist with renting these if required. Please see our kit list page for required equipment for the course. This course includes the option of winter expedition spending a night in a snow hole or bothie.