You will usually be in a group of no more than four 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:
- Re-visiting core winter movement skills using axe and crampons in ascent and descent.
- Movement over grade I winter snow and ‘scrambling’ type terrain.
- Basic rope work and belaying using the rope alone as well as with a sling and krab,
- Constructing and using snow anchors (such as buried axe, snow bollard and Deadman)
- Selecting and using natural rock anchors
- Abseiling using snow anchors
- Avalanche awareness and risk assessment and it’s implications for safe route choice.
- 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.