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Avalanche Awareness 2

Advanced 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. If you have any questions or queries 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:

The first morning will be a refresh/update of AA1. Additional to AA1  we will look at in detail;

  • Application of conditions, terrain and human factors experience to the Be Avalanche Aware process,
  • SAIS website advanced practitioner information and how to use it.
  • Route planning, preparation and navigation for complex avalanche terrain.
  • Safe travel techniques in complex terrain.
  • Snowpack observation & analysis.
  • Understanding & interpreting the Scottish snowpack.
  • Multiple burial  rescue.

This course is ideal for those who are an advanced or expert  winter hill walker,  mountaineer, climber, off piste skier / boarder, ski mountaineer / tourer  wanting to adopt current  good practise. This course is also excellent CPD for trainees or holders of the Mountain Instructor certificate.  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

Is It For Me?

This is a two day training course which will give you an  advanced  level of knowledge and practical application  of  the ‘ Be Avalanche Aware’ Guidelines. We will study the decision making process and the fundamental considerations of assessing avalanche hazards in the winter mountains, in order to minimise your level of risk  whilst in complex avalanche terrain. This course 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 partnersSAFOS & SAIS.

Course Aims

This course will give you an advanced  understanding of the current avalanche aware guidelines, in order to make more informed route choice decisions in complex terrain.

Course Content

  • How to use the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS) Be Avalanche Aware Guidelines.
  • Applying advanced understanding of avalanche forecast bulletins to planning and field decisions.
  • Applying advanced knowledge and experience of British mountain weather forecasts to planning and field decisions.
  • Application of advanced user information from  the SAIS website for planning and field decisions.
  • 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, both before and during a journey.
  • Observation and evaluation of avalanche terrain when journeying on the hill .
  • Safe travel techniques in complex  mountaineering  terrain.
  • Snowpack observation and analysis.
  • Understanding and interpreting snow pit profiles.
  • Snowpack stability assessments.
  • Multiple burial rescue &  co-ordination.

Evening sessions will a  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.Have attended previous Avalanche Awareness training or have equivalent experience

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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