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Winter mountain hiking skills
Based in Lochaber, a day's introduction to winter walking in the Scottish Highlands.
Primarily designed for the summer walker keen to aim onto the Scottish hills in winter, this day introduces and develops the basic skills required to get the most out of mountain days with snow and ice. For those interested, we're putting on a second day we'll head up a Munro or two and put our new skills into practice.
We've finished our winter skills for 2012/13. Our dates for 2013/14 will be confirmed late in 2013.
General outline of trip :
Classroom 1 hour, on the hills in snow and on ice for 4-5 hoursWe'll start the day off with a classroom session where we'll get to know each other and we'll discuss 'winter-ising' your hillwalking kit and the gear you should buy. We'll also have a look at how planning a winter day is considerably different from planning a hike in summer.
Off to the hills in search of snow and ice next, we'll look at how we progress on snow and ice, gradually introducing ice-axes and crampons. Onto a slope, we'll try out different self arrest techniques. We'll look at snow and ice structures and examine how avalanches happen and how to avoid them.
Throughout both days we'll be keeping a check on our winter navigation and safety and discussing other topics including forecasts, wind-chill and snow injuries.
You'll need general hillwalking equipment for the days - a list is here. If you possess your own winter technical gear, you are very welcome to bring it. If you prefer, we can hire ice-axe, crampons(C1) and helmet for £25 for the day. Alternatively, should you wish to buy, see the panel at the bottom of this page for recommended gear.
We can help arrange or recommend accommodation in the areas (either camping, youth hostel or guest-houses). We can also offer transport from Edinburgh or Perth for shared cost of fuel. Contact us for more information.
Contact us via the enquiry page, email or phone 07795146400