Learn how to be safe, and have fun in the winter mountains
You’ll cover all the techniques and skills needed to go into the winter mountains independently. You’ll get lots of input, practice, and feedback; from learning to use crampons, to interpreting an avalanche forecast, and route finding. And you’ll have fun!
- 5 days
- 1 instructor to 6 participants
- Progressive structure gives you the skills to be independent
- Avalanche and decision making lecture
Walkers and mountaineers who’d like to explore the majesty of the Scottish Highlands in winter.
Why you’ll love it…
Your confidence and understanding will grow through the course. You’ll open up a whole new world of exploration and adventures for years to come.
What to expect
We’ll introduce and develop skills progressively. We aim for the team to plan and lead a safe, fun day out by the end of the course – independently of our input.
- Interpreting the avalanche forecast
- Understanding how the weather forecast affects our day
- Applying both of these to plan safe, fun, and adventurous days in the mountains
Looking after yourself
- Keeping your kit organised
- Managing your clothing
- Being comfortable in a challenging environment
- Movement patterns
- Kicking steps
- Effective and precise use of crampons
- Using an ice axe effectively
- Using an axe to stop a fall – self arrest
Avalanche avoidance and route finding
- Terrain management
- Safe travel protocol
- Dynamic risk assessment
- Approaching corniced edges
- This will include an avalanche lecture
- Winter navigation strategies
- Dead reckoning
- Avoiding avalanche prone slopes
- Pacing, walking on a bearing, and timing
- Using an altimeter
Meeting point and time
Let’s meet at the Grog and Gruel in Fort William at 7.30 pm on Saturday 9th March. It’s a great pub and serves nice food. The best plans are always hatched in pubs anyway aren’t they?
We’ve left this to suit your budget, there are lots of options in Fort William. Being within 5 minutes’ walk of the high street is ideal, as you can then easily get to supermarkets and restaurants.
Getting here and away
Trains run to Fort William on Sundays, and we’ll be back in time for departing trains on the Thursday evening.
Here’s the kit list. Please get in touch if you’ve any problems.