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Do you have a basic understanding of avalanche awareness but feel exposed when approaching mountaineering and climbing routes? This course is two days, we feel this allows time to acquire a robust knowledge base and enough hill time to develop independence. If you would like to learn how weather influences avalanche hazard and how to use this knowledge to develop your observation skills and decision making, then this course will tick the box. In addition, if you are particularly keen to develop your skill around route selection in steeper more complex terrain then this is the correct course. We will develop your skill using the Be Avalanche Awareness guidelines from planning a mountaineering or climbing day, through journeys in mountaineering terrain and a focus on human factors and terrain choices at key places.
This course will develop your knowledge base and skill set using the Be Avalanche Aware guidelines. We will explain how weather influences snowpack changes, snow stability and avalanche hazard, how this knowledge increases observation skills and in turn decision making. In addition, we will use mountaineering journeys to focus on human factors awareness and terrain choice tactics on the approach to climbs.
Winter walking essential. Be comfortable in use of crampons and ice axe on mountaineering terrain. If possible we will use mountaineering ground and the approach to routes so you need to be comfortable with good movement skills on steep snow.
Please watch the following video for a bit of pre-course learning prior to attending: Avalanche Awareness Lecture
This course is ideal for mountaineers and climbers that visit steeper and more complex terrain and want to gain more than a basic introduction to avalanche awareness. The course will be classroom & hill based with the intention to provide enough information and practical experience to give you confidence on your mountaineering adventures. This course will also help you become an independent learner with information on how to stay current with advances in avalanche avoidance and education. The programme will take into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.
This course is also excellent CPD for trainee or qualified Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors
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 Be Avalanche Aware guidelines and the Scottish avalanche context
Mountain weather and it’s influence on the snow pack
Avalanche hazard, snow stability and spatial variation
Avalanche terrain and route choice for mountaineering and climbing
Scottish Avalanche Information Service, understanding and using the detail
Planning mountaineering and climbing routes that avoid avalanche hazard
Snow stability observation skills for mountaineers and climbers
Decision making and human factor mitigation strategies
Terrain choice in mountaineering and climbing context
Sources of continuing education and learning
The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.
|Date03/02/24||Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pn||Cost (no accommodation)£270.00||Places|
|Date24/02/24||Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pn||Cost (no accommodation)£270.00||Places|
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• Use of kit
• Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
• In-course transport
Accommodation in an en-suite bedroom. If booking as an Individual, you will not be asked to share with a stranger.
Breakfast on each course day (except back-to-back courses).
Dinner on each course day (except the final day, and on one day or 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.
Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.
YOU WILL NEED (Glenmore Lodge can provide if required)
Can't find exactly what you are looking for? 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 get in touch to discuss your requirements.