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Introduction to Winter Navigation

Introduction Level - 1 day | Prices from £115.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

This is a course to learn and develop navigation skills and techniques that are required in the winter mountain environment.

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Dates & Prices

05/01/19
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
11/01/19
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
18/01/19
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
01/02/19
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
04/02/19
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00
23/02/19
Cost (with accommodation): £140.00
Cost (no accommodation): £115.00

Is It For Me?

Winter puts greater demands on the navigator, snow can obscure paths, rivers can be covered and the visibility very poor. To navigate confidently you need to have faith in your own skills. You may or may not have some skills from summer walking but we will use Glenmore Lodge teaching facilities in and around the grounds as well as the mountain environment to introduce and develop those skills and confidence.

Course Aims

The course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute a winter hill walk in reasonable weather and snow conditions.

Course Content

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 store which is open from 08.30 and collect a packed lunch so the group is ready to meet the instructor at 09.00.

 

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Map types, mapping software and suitability for winter needs
  • Navigation equipment, tools and organization for winter
  • Route planning and resources
  • Fundamentals of map use
  • Following linear features
  • Measuring distance on the map
  • Using time to measure distance travelled
  • Identifying land features and relating to the map
  • Using the compass to determine direction
  • Identifying position using relocation skills
  • Identifying hazardous areas on the map
  • Avoiding hazardous areas using the map

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

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

Can’t find exactly what you are looking for?

Design your own course

We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £280 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Course Pre-Requisites

Mountain walking experience desirable.

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Superb! First Class! Thank you! :)
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Can't find exactly what you are looking for?

Design your own course

We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £280 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.

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