Duration: 5 Days
What you get:
The ultimate winter skills course to develop your mountain skills this winter. Year in, year out, this is our most popular choice. On the 5 day course, we aim to provide you with experience of using all of the winter skills required for Ice Axe and Crampon use, Winter Navigation, Avalanche Awareness and Avoidance, building Emergency Shelters and Route Planning in the winter mountains.
The practical hill days are backed up with off the hill de-briefs of focused activities such as route planning or discussing theory elements of the course. This course really suits the summer hill-walker who has spent little or no time in the mountains in winter practicing the above skills. This course covers all of the essentials and allows course participants to follow up these skills with mountain days to consolidate the experience.
Our winter courses are based from 'The Hub' in Aviemore where we recommend you find some local accommodation - Lots of customers use Aviemore YHA as a base so this is a good option, though you are welcome to find your own accommodation anywhere locally. We meet at 08:45am and we aim to finish the course by 2pm on the Wednesday to give everyone plenty of time to travel at the end of the course.
YOUR WINTER SKILLS WEEK
Days 1-4: 08:45 - 16:30
Days 5: 08:45 - 14:30
MEET AT 'THE HUB' BASE
An ideal opportunity to meet your instructor and finalise any equipment requirements for the weekend before drawing up a great objective and heading out for the day.
COLLECT AND CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You'll need to maps and check that your rucksack is suitably packed ready for what the weather may throw at you. If you have requested Ice Axe and Crampons, we will have them available.
TRAVEL TO COURSE LOCATION
The exact location will depend on the weather and the aims and abilities of the group. Very often we would head up to the Cairngorm Ski Area, where we can drive high enough to access good snow conditions.
Our winter days a combination of workshop-style activities along with enjoying a day out in the mountains. It will be based on real life scenarios and as a team you will get to enjoy several amazing days out as you explore the highlands, learning essential skills on the way.
BACK TO THE ADVENTURE HUB
Once we are off the hill we have an informal debrief. We summarise the key learning points from the day's adventure, discuss your progress so far and set some personalised development targets for the next day
THE WHOLE WEEK
Throughout the week we may travel throughout the mountains to get the best conditions, this may mean us driving up to 45 minutes from Aviemore. Each day, we will discuss the groups aspirations and pick the best venues to suit.
Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £199 per day. Click here to book a private course.