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Women's Winter Lead Climbing

Intermediate Level - 2 days

Learn the skills and techniques necessary to lead winter climbs, graded II and above.

You will usually be in a group of no more than two with one instructor. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Recap of core winter skills, such as using ice axe and crampons, for approaching climbs
  • Basic rope work (tying into multi point anchors) and belaying both leader and second
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Various snow anchors
  • Coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors).
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice.
    Winter navigation

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Is It For Me?

This week is all about developing the technical skills required to lead winter climbs at Grade II+ confidently and competently. Participants will have an opportunity to lead climbs at an appropriate grade and must be aware of the inherent risk involved in winter lead climbing and be prepared to accept some responsibility for their own safety.

This is one of the most demanding winter courses, to get the most from the course, regular experience of leading graded rock climbs (including multi-pitch routes of at least VDiff/Severe), plus winter hill walking experience is essential.

Course Aims

To develop a safe and competent approach to leading a variety of winter climbs at Grade II+.

Course Content

  • Recap of core winter skills, such as using ice axe and crampons, for approaching climbs
  • Basic rope work (tying into multi point anchors) and belaying both leader and second
  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of mediums (rock, ice, snow, turf)
  • Coaching to develop personal climbing technique on ice and mixed ground
  • Various snow anchors
  • Escaping from winter multi pitch climbs (including abseiling from a variety of anchors).
  • Avalanche awareness and its implications for safe route choice. Winter navigation

 

Evening sessions may include an avalanche awareness talk and a general interest talk.

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
  • 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, gym & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)

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 Saturday there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am. 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 Sunday 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

 

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