Our Winter Expedition Skills course is based in the Glencoe area and involves 2 nights wild camping.
These winter expedition training courses are a great way to prepare for Himalayan and high altitude expeditions. Alongside ascending a number of summits, the course will give you a full range of skills training: crampons and ice axe, packing light, camping in snow, using fixed lines, snow holes and much more. Our leaders have experience of multiple expeditions around the world. Tents and specialist equipment provided. On two of the days you should be prepared to carry 20kg for 2-3 hours per day.
The mountains around Glencoe and Ben Nevis provide some of the best and most reliable winter walking and climbing conditions in Britain suitable for beginner and expert alike. It is the perfect training ground for mountaineering in the Alps or Greater Ranges.
Winter Expedition Skills - Outline itinerary
Day 1: On the first evening there will be an informal meeting with a member of the Adventure Peaks team to chat through the course and check your personal kit and issue you with any hire kit required. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: The first day will involve a 2-3 hour walk into a wild camping area where we deposit the majority of our kit. We then spend the rest of the day developing your skills to move safely and efficiently on snow covered terrain as well as what to do in the event of a slip. · Movement on snow and ice · Use of ice axe and crampons · Ice axe arrest · Using fixed lines In the evening we spend time developing winter camping and cooking skills!
Day 3: Today will give you the opportunity to practice your new skills during a mountain journey with plenty of feedback from your instructor. Time will be spent on your journey to cover. We return to the same wild camp. Winter navigation and route planning · Winter weather and avalanche avoidance · Emergency shelters/optional night in a snow hole
Day 4: A further mountain journey and depart.
Previous Experience: For the Winter Expedition Skills course all you need is a good level of fitness and enjoyment of long days on the British hills in summer.
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 or double 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 £200 will be required at checkout.
Extras can be added per-person when you book onto a date
|Single supplement on first night of Expedition skills course - 1 night - £50||£50|
|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|
|1 Extra night B&B - £80 per night on a single basis||£80|
* 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