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Winter Mountain Preparation Weekend

Learn LEVEL | 2 day(s) | Ratio 1:6 | From £270.00

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Overview

Get ready for winter.  Are you a summer walker keen to keep heading out in the winter, but not sure if you’ve got all the knowledge you need?  Would you know how to deal with an emergency, or to navigate in winter conditions? If you are heading to Scotland, North Wales or the Lake Disctrict for some winter hill days, are you keen to build up awareness of avalanche and how to travel safely in the winter hills? Or possibly you’ve already learnt winter skills, but feel a bit rusty. This is a winter preparation weekend, aimed at helping you achieve those winter plans, be that a walk in wintry conditions, to accessing your climbing hitlist, but safely!

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AIMS

Over 2 days we’ll cover all those key areas of a winter hill day which can be the undoing of anyone once we encounter a bit of winter. Like a winter safety check, you are auditing your knowledge and refreshing your skills before heading out on winter adventures.  We can guarantee good Scottish weather for these weekends, the perfect terrain and conditions in which to learn, away from your usual familiar walks. Snow we can’t guarantee, but with our resources and great staff, learning and fun we can!

IS IT FOR ME?

To get the most out of the course we recommend that you have summer hill walking experience and have a level of fitness that will allow you to undertake two consecutive days on the hill. Winter hill walking is arduous so a good level of fitness will allow you to cope with what at times can be harsh and physically demanding conditions

CONTENT

Winterise your Navigation: knowledge and skills to plan and execute a winter hill walk

Be avalanche aware: Safe planning, journeying and decision making in the winter hills

Equipment: What to take and how to use it

Emergency procedures: how to prepare an emergency shelter

Winter journey: 2 days in the Cairngorms to bring to life all of the above (snow or no snow!)

Evening lectures on winter navigation and an Avalanche talk.

Step 1

Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn

DATES & PRICES

2024
COURSE DATE COST
(with accommodation)
COST
(no accommodation)
PLACES BOOKING
Date30/11/24Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£270.00Places
Need a different date? Call 01479 861 256 to arrange your own date, or email [email protected]

USEFUL INFORMATION

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Instruction

Use of kit

Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day

In-course transport

WHAT'S INCLUDED IF YOU CHOOSE THE RESIDENTIAL OPTION - AS ABOVE PLUS

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 one day and 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.

NEED TO KNOW

WHAT WILL I NEED

YOU WILL NEED (Glenmore Lodge can provide if required)

Waterproof jacket and trousers

Insulated synthetic jacket with hood

Winter Boots

Gaiters

Crampons

Ice Axe

Helmet

40lt rucksack

Walking poles

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES

Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

Personal clothing

Winter outdoor wear

Insulating layers

Winter climbing / mountaineering trousers

Hat & gloves, several pairs of.

Whistle

Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 roamer ***

Waterproof map case.

Headtorch

Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags

Hydration system (water bottle / flask)

Box or bag for packed lunch.

Personal first aid kit

Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)

 

Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms with a 10km radius from the ski area. There are now a range of scales and maps available OS 1:50,000, OS 1:25,000 and Harvey Map 1:40,000.  For non-qualification courses any scale is fine, OS 1:50,000 map sheet 36 covers the widest area, but the Harvey 1:40,000 has a lot of additional information on the back of it, however it is useful to have the Silva Mark 4 compass with the 1:40,000 scale on it.. If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be: NW corner NH8514 NE corner NJ0314 SW corner NN8593 SE corner NO0393

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