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What happens in a Whiteout? Navigate the beautiful Scottish Mountains
Become proficient with an Ice Axe and Crampons
Dig a Snow Hole and learn Avalanche Avoidance
Our very popular Winter Skills Weekend is the perfect quick hit, we aim to provide you with experience of using all of the skills required for Ice Axe and Crampon use, WinterNavigation and AvalancheAwareness and Avoidance. We will combine the training of these skills with some great days out on in the Cairngorms. This course will suit anyone looking to get stuck into winter hillwalking for the first time.
We now offer complimentary Ice Axe and Crampon hire on all courses.
The key difference between the 2 day and 5 day course is there's obviously not as much time available to consolidate the skills and most participants find it useful to follow up this course by spending some time practicing the key skills under their own steam as soon as they can after the course is finished.
Our winter courses are based from the the town of Aviemore where we recommend you find some local accommodation - We often use Aviemore YHA as a base so this is a good option, though you are equally welcome to find your own accommodation in the town if they are full.
Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Summer Hillwalking experience
As we migrate from summer to winter it is worth thinking about what additional equipment you will need. Along with the usual summer hill-walking equipment, you will require stiff soled mountaineering boots (at least B2 rated) these can be hired locally but most people choose to buy a pair. You will need a walking Ice Axe and Crampons for this course, crampons must fit your boot well. Helmets will be required for some of the days and will be provided. If you need to hire any equipment, please let us know. This course is currently under a promotion offering complimentary hire of Ice Axe and Crampons.
If necessary it is possible to travel up to the course on a weekend by getting an early train on Saturday morning - more info on our FAQ.
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