Day one we look at how to prepare for winter, what we carry, how we carry it and why we carry it, we look at weather and avalanche forecasts and what they means to us. Once on the mountain it’s all about safe and efficient travel, good footwork, simple uses of ice axes, self-arrests and avalanche awareness.
We continue to develop our personal movement skills on day two which includes cramponing and moving on steeper terrain, different types of self-arrests, more avalanche awareness and snowpack analysis, and emergency procedures.
Day three of the course is our navigation day using maps, compasses, identifying features, taking bearings, timing and pacing. Being able to navigate is essential if you plan to spend time in the mountains.
On day four you have responsibility for decision-making, route choice and navigating as we put all that we have learned into practice when you lead a mountain journey. This is a great way to experience the dynamic winter environment and helps contextualise what has been covered earlier in the course.
Our final day is a review of everything covered, refining techniques and an opportunity for you to be completely satisfied with your winter skills.