Test your metal in the Scottish winter wonderland, build a snow hole and climb a snow gully!
Learn the skills you need to explore and experience Winter mountain walking in safety and confidence in the wild and beautiful Cairngorm mountains. Skills include walking on snow, use of an Ice Axe and Crampons and how to navigate in Winter conditions so that you can enjoy the freedom of being in the mountains. We will also build and sleep in a snow hole!
Our highly qualified and experienced instructor will deliver the course in a relaxed fashion giving you the skills to walk in the wintery mountains safely and confidently.
Three full days of walking and practical navigation in the beautiful Cairngorms. We will cover about 15km each day and bivvi out in a snow hole in the mountains on Sunday night. You will carry all your kit with you including sleeping equipment so your pack will weigh about 12kg.
Navigation skills form the foundation of all journeys into the wild and open the door to the freedom of being in nature. The skills that will be taught during this course include:
Route planning and timing
Interpreting contours and aspect of slope.
Navigating in poor visibility.
Use of the compass
Re-orientating yourself if you do get lost
Navigating and movement over steep ground
Weather and how the weather affects route planning
Possible winter gully climbing
Day 1Start point at Aviemore train station at 9.00am.
The Caledonian Sleeper service is a good travel option from London as it arrives at Aviemore at 7.40am on Saturday and leaves at 21.34pm on Monday. https://www.sleeper.scot/
Explore the Caingorms mountain range, walk around 15km whilst carrying all of your own kit (including sleeping kit, which in total can add up to around 12kg).
Learn the skills you need to explore and experience Winter mountain walking in safety and confidence in the wild and beautiful Cairngorm mountains. Skills include walking on snow, use of an Ice Axe and Crampons and how to navigate in Winter conditions so that you can enjoy the freedom of being in the mountains.
On the night sleep in a heated Tipi at Badaguish Outdoor centre in the heart of the Scottish Cairngorms https://www.badaguish.org/ with showers and drying rooms.
Day 2Spend the day exploring the stunning white vast landscape of the caingorms and picking up new winter mountain skills. You'll cover another 15km in the snow and rough terrain whilst carrying your backpack with sleeping equipment which will weigh around 12kg.
Spend one hour digging your hole that you'll sleep in for the night, which will capture your body heat and enable you to sleep.
Day 3Cover another 15km, head back to civilisation, having practised key mountain skills and had an epic adventure doing so!
This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:
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