When the hills are dazzling white with their snowy blanket, they are one of the most incredible places to be and incredibly inviting to visit, but to explore them safely it’s vital to have the right winter skills.
The 2-day Intro To Winter Walking Skills course is designed to give you a good understanding of the core skills you need when heading into the mountains in winter. Building on your existing summer walking experience we will add on new techniques, equipment and ideas to give you a range of skills to be able to start to tackle Scotlands winter skyline.
It could be your first time venturing above the snowline, or a refresher to make sure your existing skills are up to scratch; our instructors aim to give you the confidence and knowledge to make progress and take decisions in the hills with safety and confidence.
Each winter we select course locations to give the best chance of good snow conditions as the season progresses, and can often add extra courses in different areas when the snow cover is good enough lower down.
During the course we plan to cover;
- Weather & avalanche forecasts
- Choosing the right equipment
- Fitting & walking with crampons
- Using the ice axe
- Walking on steep ground
- Ice axe arrests (stopping a slide)
- Navigation in snow
- Evaluating the snow pack & avalanche awareness
The Scottish winter can be very unpredictable in both the short and long term weather and seasonal conditions, but we always aim to make the most out of what mother nature throws at us so that you can get the most out of the course!
To ensure you get the most out of your activity, we ask that participants meet some minimum abilities.
- Reasonable summer walking experience.
If you have any questions, please get in touch. We are usually able to accommodate a diverse range of special requirements.
For introductory activities, we provide all the activity and safety equipment you need. With more advanced courses you may be expected to have some of your own personal equipment; see the Kit List for information. Whether it’s the latest gear, great instruction or comfy accommodation, we aim to provide you with the best we can.
- All Group Safety Equipment
As well as the activity equipment, you can rest assured that our experienced instructors carry all the necessary group safety equipment, and are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy.
Here is a quick guide to what you need to bring with you for the activity. A full kit list is included with your information pack provided after booking.
- Winter Boots & Crampons (Hire Recommendations Available)
- Ice Axes (Hire Recommendations Available)
- Winter Suitable Waterproofs
- Warm Layers
- Ski Goggles & Winter Gloves
If you are struggling with any specialist equipment, then please get in touch, and we may be able to assist.