Our two day advanced Winter Skills course, based in Aviemore, Scotland is designed to give you the fundamental techniques for safe travel in the mountains in winter conditions. We focus on prevention more than cure, looking at suitable personal kit, organisation and appropriate use of what we carry. On snow, we focus on movement skills with solid footwork in ascent and descent, self-belay, step cutting, self-arrest and crampon techniques. Any technical equipment, crampons, ice axe and helmet is included in price Avalanche awareness/avoidance and its implications for safe route choice Effectively planning your days in the mountains, using weather and avalanche forecasts Appropriate choice and use of equipment and clothing suitable for winter hillwalking How to be efficient with your snow craft; focusing on efficient footwork; use of the ice axe for self-belay, step cutting and self arrest Emergency procedures, digging shelters Core, fundamental navigation techniques for winter travel
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When we meet and chat through the day and what people want to get from the course, discuss the weather and avalanche forecast. Your Instructor will check kit, chat through their thought process to maximise learning of the decisions made. On the hill, we concentrate on footwork, efficient movement, and the use of the ice axe
On day two we will put into action our learning from day one on a little journey, with some input of some navigation on how to cope with adverse weather, how we interpret the snow on our journey and how to try and avoid avalanche terrain. We will also look at emergency procedures.
You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination
Equipment supplied by SRW > Crampons > Ice axe > Helmet > Shovels > Group shelter > First Aid kit > Photos from your course
Hat, waterproof gloves plus spares x 2 minimum Winter walking socks We advise wearing 2-3 thinner layers rather than one thick layer so you can adjust your temperature during the activity 'Belay' type jacket Wicking base layers, top & bottoms Goggles, double clear lens recommended Head torch, plus spare batteries Balaclava and neck gaiter
Refund excludes processing fees. Alternate dates may be able to be agreed at no additional cost, but this is not guaranteed.
Aviemore PH22, UK