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Avalanche Awareness 1

Introduction Level - 2 days | Prices from £245.00

Our programme incorporates the latest education and information by a number of collaborative agencies including Sportscotland’s Avalanche Information Service and the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland to produce the ‘Be Avalanche Aware Guidelines’ leaflet funded by sportscotland.

Our Avalanche Awareness courses are set to a minimum of 2 days contact time. We feel that 2 days are necessary  to get the appropriate level of education and information across to students. If you have any questions or queries about the courses then please don’t hesitate to contact Glenmore Lodge. Please note that this course is intended for those travelling in the mountains on foot as opposed to skis.

This is a 2 day training course. 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:

  • Introduction to the Be Avalanche Aware Guidelines
  • Interpret and gain understanding of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) avalanche forecast bulletin.
  • Interpret and gain understanding of British mountain weather forecasts.
  • Learn how to include Human Factors in decision making.
  • How the above information translates into planning your journey on the hill.
  • Introduction and  use of avalanche equipment.
  • Companion rescue.

This course is ideal for those who are  novice to winter hill walking,  mountaineering, and climbing, or for those wanting to get current  good practice. This course is also excellent CPD for trainees or holders of the Winter Mountain Leader Award.  The course will be classroom  & hill based. The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00

Is It For Me?

This is a new avalanche training course introducing the’ Be Avalanche Aware’ Guidelines which outline the decision making process and the fundamental considerations of assessing avalanche terrain in the winter mountains, in order to minimise your level of risk  whilst on the hill. It is intended for those travelling in the mountains on foot.

It assumes that participants are comfortable with looking after themselves in winter conditions on steep snow and have basic navigation skills (using map & compass, taking bearings, etc).  Course is supported by our partners SAFOS & SAIS.

Course Aims

This course will enable you to use the current avalanche aware guidelines in order to make more informed route choice decisions in winter.

Course Content

  • How to use and practically apply the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS) Be Avalanche Aware Guidelines.
  • An understanding of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) avalanche forecast bulletin and application of this knowledge.
  • An understanding of British mountain weather forecasts and application of this knowledge.
  • Understand the influence of Human factors and include this knowledge in decision making.
  • Navigational skills and interpretation of contours for avalanche  terrain and hazard identification.
  • Route planning  and terrain selection during a journey.
  • Observation and evaluation of avalanche risk when journeying on the hill .
  • Snowpack observation and analysis.
  • Understanding and interpreting snow pit profiles.
  • Safe travel techniques on mountainous terrain.
  • Avalanche safety equipment & how to use it.
  • Companion rescue.

Evening sessions will include an  avalanche awareness lecture..

The course will be classroom & hill based. The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

What Will I Need?

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
  • Ski pants or salopettes
  • Ski socks
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  • Hat
  • 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
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Personal, medications & first aid kit
  • Suncream

Course Pre-Requisites

Be comfortable  in use of crampons and ice axe.

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

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