Near Aviemore, Scotland
Learn the skills for safe travel in the mountains during winter. Sleep in a snowhole overnight. This course runs over three days and is designed to give you the skills needed for the winter environment.
Our fully qualified and experienced winter mountain leaders will run the course to your needs, giving plenty of time to practice and learn new skills. The first day of the course (Friday) will be spent learning and practicing the skills outlined below. Our second full day on the mountain will give us time to solidify these skills before constructing our own snowholes for the night. We will be off the mountain in time for a warm meal and onward travel on Sunday afternoon.
Choosing suitable equipment and clothing for winter
Developing efficient footwork for winter
Use of ice axe/ ice axe arrest
Use of crampons/ movement techniques
Avalanche awareness and avoidance
Introduction to winter weather and winter navigation
Managing safety on steep ground
Planning a day out in winter
Constructing emergency snow shelters and emergency procedures
Route choice in winter conditions
We will be based in the high mountains of Scotland around Aviemore. Our Chief Instructor, Paul, holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and has been teaching winter skills in Scotland for many years - so you will be in safe and competent hands.
Please note: this trip begins on Friday 3rd Feb 2017 at 8.30 am. It is your responsibility to arrange transport to Aviemore and accommodation prior to the course if needed.
How fit do I need to be?
To receive the biggest benefits from this course it is advised that you have a good fitness level and some previous experience of hill walking in summer (or winter). Continuous days in the winter mountains carrying an overnight rucksack requires reasonable fitness levels. If you can walk uphill for 2 or 3 hours at a sensible pace with a few short rests you should be fit enough. A typical winter day will see us out in the mountains for over 6 hours. Please also inform us in advance of any medical details that could affect your performance in the mountains.
If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals - what we all share is a love for adventure. Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old, young at heart and fit to take part is welcome.
Our base for the weekend will be Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park. Travel to Aviemore is relatively straightforward from most major UK cities however the earlier you confirm your place the easier and cheaper it will be to coordinate travel arrangements. The nearest airport to Aviemore is Inverness, approx 45 min drive, which has connections with many UK cities. There are also both day and overnight bus and train connections to Aviemore itself (notably from London but some other major cities also).
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