This Course is ideal for the keen mountain walker and scrambler who wants to progress and learn the essential skills of winter mountaineering.
The Introductory Winter Mountaineering course is Ideal for those with no previous winter hill walking or mountaineering experience, or those who want to refresh winter skills. It will provide the skills to enjoy the UK mountains in winter snow conditions, or to join one of our overseas expedition or courses graded 1 or 2 such as Mera Peak, Kazbek, Ecuador Volcanoes, Aconcagua, Lobuche, Island Peak, Mexican Volcanoes.
Our courses are based in the mountains around Glencoe and Fort William (Ben Nevis) which normally provides some of the best and most reliable winter snow & ice conditions in Britain during the months of January to the end of March and beyond.
For the Introductory Winter Mountaineering Course you should have a good level of fitness and summer mountain walking experience with the ability to enjoy good long summer mountain walks with a minimum of 3000ft/1000m of ascent over a mixture of terrain including steep broken rocky ground in ascent and decent.
If you wish to build up to this course, then consider joining:
Lake District Summer Courses booked at www.amblesideadventure.co.uk - Guided Walks
or www.adventurepeaks.com - Mountain Journeys
Day 1: The course begins at 8pm on the first evening with a course briefing and the essentials for clothing and equipment. After the course briefing, we will check your personal kit and issue you with any hire kit required.
Day 2: The first mountain day will develop your skills to move safely and efficiently on snow covered terrain with the use of crampons and ice axe including ice axe arrest. In the evening there will be a short lecture on avalanche avoidance and prediction.
Day 3: A mountain journey over one or more Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000ft) to give you the opportunity to practice skills.
Day 4: Today we will introduce the rope as part of a mountain day to cover the basic ropework and belaying techniques required to safeguard the group up steep mountain terrain or a simple gully. This will include the understanding and use of snow anchors to secure the rope.
Day 5 and 6 – (for those doing the longer course): We continue to practice skills on steeper mountain days to give a more in depth understanding of how to travel safely on differing Snow & Ice terrain.
4 Day Courses - run Friday evening to Monday afternoon (4.30pm) giving three quality mountain days.
6 Day Course - run Friday evening to Wedesday afternoon (4.30pm) giving five quality mountain days.
(The final day would be in the Glencoe valley allow the possibility of a quick exit for those needing to depart early. You would be back at the minibus car park or your own car pre at 4pm) from where it is approx. 2 hrs in normal traffic to Glasgow airport.
You can book Private Guiding for any number of additional days.
may include ascents such as:
Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have verified that your course is confirmed to run.
Accommodation is booked from the night of your arrival with instruction starting the following morning. Check out is normally the morning of your final day unless you have booked an additional night. This is booked on a twin room basis: however single rooms will be provided where there is not a member of the same sex to share with. Single rooms and additional nights can be requested at an extra cost.
* A deposit of £150 will be required at checkout.
Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date
|Single room supplement during course 3 nights - £50 per night||£150|
|Single room Supplement during course 5 nights - £50 per night||£250|
|1 Extra night B&B - £80 per night on a single basis||£80|
|1 Extra night B&B - per night per person (on a twin basis)||£52|
|1 Extra night DB&B - per night per person (on a twin basis)||£77|
* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip