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Women's Introduction to Winter Mountaineering

Introduction Level - 2 days | Prices from £285.00

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.

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Dates & Prices

09/03/19
Cost (with accommodation): £335.00
Cost (no accommodation): £285.00
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Is It For Me?

This two day course will introduce you to the technical skills to tackle winter ‘scrambling’ type terrain, up to grade I/II, on Britain’s mountains. It makes the assumption that you have good solid core winter movement skills e.g. use of an ice axe in both ascent/descent as well as crampons.

To get the most from this course previous summer scrambling experience would be useful. Previous winter walking experience (including use of axe and crampons) is essential.

Course Aims

To introduce you to the technical skills to tackle winter ‘scrambling’ type terrain, up to grade I on Britain’s mountains.

Course Content

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/II 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.

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
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmets
  • 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)
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended
  • Maps and waterproof map case. 1:50,000 map of the Cairngorms
  • Headtorch
  • 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)
  • Suncream

We have a small pool, sauna, 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

Course Pre-Requisites

Summer scrambling useful, winter walking essential.

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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