Winter mountain hiking skills weekend
Join us for a weekend based in the Cairngorms and around Drumochter, where you'll learn the hill skills needed to go winter hiking with us in the Scottish mountains.
At a glance
- Designed for the summer walker keen to aim onto the Scottish hills.
- Over two days we'll introduce and develop the basic skills required to get the most out of mountain hikes with snow and ice.
- Winter navigation, forecasting and safety are amongst the many topics covered.
- Find out how to deal with wind-chill and snow injuries.
- Discover how avalanches happen and examine snow and ice structures.
- Join a small group led by an experienced leader with a good knowledge of the wildlife, flora and geology.
Dates and booking
|9-10 January||£125||Fully booked|
|16-17 January||£125||Places available||Book online »|
Outline of trip
General infoThis 2 day event is a guided hiking weekend with one of our experienced and qualified leaders. Your guide will have a thorough knowledge of the snow covered areas that we'll be hiking and working in. Our maximum guide to client ratio on this event is 1:6.
Experience and fitnessSaturday is classed as 'moderate' and Sunday's hike is classed 'demanding' primarily due to the possible effort required hiking through snow. To join this guided hiking weekend, we ask that you have a decent level of fitness, have done a good few summer hillwalks and had some exposure to 'British mountain weather'. More information is detailed on our Events Grading page.
Gear you'll needYou'll need your general hillwalking equipment suitable for the conditions. Advice on winter gear is on this page. We'll supply ice-axe, crampons and helmet. If you have your own, bring them along and we'll give you a discount on the event.
Getting thereWe'll be based in the Northern Cairngorms or possibly around Drumochter depending on the weather conditions. These areas are easily accessed from Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore which are all situated close to the A9. There are good transport links, all of these towns have bus and rail links between Inverness and the Central Belt. We'll able to offer pick-up from Aviemore.
AccommodationBelow is a list of accommodation that previous guests on our trips recommend. If you require some help with your accommodation, please contact us and we'll be delighted to assist.
- The Old Bridge Inn by Aviemore.
- Ravenscraig Guest House, Aviemore.
- SYHA Cairngorm Lodge at Glenmore by Loch Morlich.
- SYHA Hostel, Aviemore.
- The Old Bridge Inn by Aviemore has a bunkhouse.
- Glenmore Campsite by Loch Morlich.
Contact us via our enquiry page, email or phone us on 0131-466-8152.