Scottish Winter Skills

Scottish Winter Skills Course

Every year we take our popular Lake District winter skills courses up to the Scottish Highlands, and expand them into a longer trip giving you the chance to learn how to use an ice axe and crampons, and giving you the opportunity to then use those skills on some of Scotland's most exciting mountains.

In 2017 we are offering a five-day course in the Cairngorms for anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to use an ice axe and crampons for winter mountain walking. Plus, of course, you'll be given the chance to climb a number of Munros as part of the course!
This course will be based in Aviemore, which gives us access into the main Cairngorm mountain range, as well as the nearby Monadh Liath and Creag Meagaidh.

Among the skills you will learn on this course, we focus on:
  • using an ice axe to cut steps
  • using an ice axe to self arrest (stop a slide)
  • fitting and walking in crampons
  • understanding of avalanche evaluation
  • how to make an emergency snow shelter
  • poor visibility navigation in winter - including some night navigation
… As well as the chance to spend five days climbing some of Scotland's most iconic mountains!
The five-day Scottish Winter Skills course costs £380 per person (maximum six people per course). The course cost is for full instruction and guiding throughout. It does not include transport to Aviemore, or throughout the course. The course fee does not include accommodation, although we can advise on this if required.
2017 Course date
23–28 February, meeting on the evening of 23rd, and finishing late afternoon on 28th.
You will need full waterproofs (including overtrousers and gaitors), warm layers, woolly hat and gloves (including spares), winter gloves/mitts, ski goggles, a rucksack, and winter walking boots (must be rated B1 or B2 to take crampons). You will also need an ice axe and crampons – we have a small stock that we hire out at the price of £30 for an ice axe and £30 for a pair of crampons per course; please let us know when booking if you need to hire these.
Booking is essential on all our courses. Contact us by email, through our contact form or call now on 01931 713351
Your instructor
For all our Winter Skills courses, your lead instructor each day will be Graham Uney. Graham is the Fell Top Assessor on Helvellyn for Lake District Weatherline , and has 12 years' experience of leading winter groups in the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District, and Snowdonia so he knows the winter conditions out on the hills as well as anyone, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
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