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:
- Revisiting movement skills, kicking steps, walking with an ice axe, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest
- Developing movement skills for use on steeper terrain
- Navigation strategies, relocation skills, night navigation, accurate pacing, compass skills.
- Navigating in the dark / poor visibility
- Digging and use of emergency shelter/snow hole (we will not sleep overnight in the shelter but use it for a temporary shelter, subject to the prevailing conditions)
- Emergency ropework
- Avalanche awareness, route choice, and their relationship with prevailing weather conditions
Evening sessions will include an avalanche awareness talk and winter navigation theory
The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.