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Intro Winter Skills (2 Day)

Introduction Level - 2 days

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

06/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
08/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
13/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
15/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
22/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
27/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
29/01/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
03/02/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
06/02/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
10/02/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
17/02/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
24/02/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
10/03/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
24/03/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
26/03/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00
31/03/18
Cost (with accommodation): £275.00
Cost (no accommodation): £225.00

You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking
  • Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest
  • Use of crampons in ascent/descent
  • Emergency procedures
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
  • Core techniques of winter navigation

Evening sessions may include a winter navigation talk and avalanche awareness talk.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

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Is It For Me?

To get the most out of the course we recommend that you have summer hill walking experience and have a level of fitness that will allow you to undertake two consecutive days on the hill. Winter hill walking is arduous so a good level of fitness will allow you to cope with what at times can be harsh and physically demanding conditions.

Course Aims

The course is designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the UK’s mountains in winter conditions competently and confidently.

Course Content

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking
  • Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest
  • Use of crampons in ascent/descent
  • Emergency procedures
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
  • Core techniques of winter navigation

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, comprehensive store of up-to-date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.  If you are thinking about buying equipment (things like ice axe, boots and crampons) but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course.

What we can supply?

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Plastic Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmets
  • Day Sac
  • Any technical equipment if applicable

What will you need to bring?
Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thermals or suitable under clothing
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  • Waterproof over-trousers or salopettes
  • Hat & balaclava plus spare
  • Mitts & gloves
  • Ski goggles (should have double lens to avoid misting up)
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended
  • Maps and waterproof map case. 1:50,000 map of the Cairngorms
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack liner
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Survival Bag – Plastic type
  • Personal toiletries, medications & personal first aid kit (towels are provided)
  • Suncream

We have a small pool, gym & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)

Remember the price is all inclusive
We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package

Course Pre-Requisites

Summer mountain walking essential.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews Read all reviews

We are keen walkers but learned so much more than we ever realised we needed to know!
Great teamwork at Glenmore ensured we had an enjoyable experience from the moment we parked the car to the tea and cake review meeting at the end of our course.
Walton Christine Reviewed on 03/04/2017
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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