Is It For Me?
This 1 day course is aimed at walkers and climbers who wish to develop strategies for navigating around hazards in winter and contour reading skills including their use in relocation techniques.
Winter presents some specific challenges to the navigator, paths, streams and other features we might normally use in summer can disappear under a covering of snow. Cloud and snow cover create whiteout conditions where even the horizon is indistinguishable. Additional hazards such as avalanche prone slopes and cornices add to the challenge by reducing room for error.
Participants should have basic map and compass skills to build on. There is not time to cover use of ice axe and crampons so basic winter skills are essential although in principal we would be avoiding their use to focus on the navigation training.
This course will introduce you to the skills required for confident and competent navigation in winter and poor visibility conditions.
You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one instructor. You should aim to arrive at Glenmore Lodge by 08.45 allowing a little time to visit the stores which is open from 08.30 and collect a packed lunch so the group is ready to meet the instructor at 09.00.
- Ground to map and map to ground interpretation focusing on contour information
- Use of compass for taking and following bearings
- Distance measuring
- Navigation strategies for poor visibility conditions
- Relocation skills
- Route planning to avoid hazards such as avalanche prone slopes and hidden water hazards
- A limited amount of technical input on walking with ice axe and crampons where required
The programme is essentially a day walking on the hill navigating as we go and working through the navigation skills listed. The day will end around 16.30 with tea and cake and a review of the day back at the Lodge.
PLEASE NOTE: If you book this course on a residential basis, no dinner is included. If you would like to have a 3 course dinner in our dining room ( £15), please call our office to book. Alternatively, our bar offers great meals but check the times as they vary by season and day of the week.
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
- Ice Axes
- 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)
- Compass – Silva type 4 recommended
- Maps and waterproof map case. 1:50,000 map of the Cairngorms
- 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)
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
What’s included on your course
- 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)
- 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
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