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DateWinter'14/15 tbc
Max guide-client ratio 1:6

Winter mountain hiking skills

Based in Lochaber, a day's introduction to hill and mountain winter hiking 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.

General outline of trip :
Fine walking  Classroom 1 hour, on the hills in snow and on ice for 4-5 hours
We'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.

Except for some summer hillwalking familiarity, no prior experience is needed. A reasonable level of fitness is recommended for these days. You'll need your general hillwalking equipment suitable for the conditions. Advice on winter gear is here. We can hire out ice-axe, crampons and helmet at a cost of £15 for the day if needed.

Alternatively, should you wish to buy, see the panel at the bottom of this page for recommended gear.

We're in the Glencoe area on the Shepherds of Etive on the following day. This is designed as a lead-on from our Winter Hiking Skills day and will consolidate skills, whilst have some fun and bagging a few Munros.

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Contact us via our enquiry page, email or phone us on 0131-466-8152.
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Previous trips on our blog :
Lochaber, December 2013
Cairngorms, November 2013
Cairngorms, January 2013
Perthshire, February 2012
Cairngorms, January 2012

Video on YouTube :
Cairngorms Winter Skills 2012

Heading up Gulvain
In the Cairngorms
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