Essentials for Winter

Fitness Required

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A fantastic weekend course based in the Scottish Cairngorms. The "Essentials for Winter" weekend is designed to build your knowledge and confidence as a winter walker so that you can feel happier getting out and enjoying adventures in the winter hills self-sufficiently.

Early booking for this course is advisable to avoid disappointment. Take a look at our 2010-2011 Winter Gallery to get your inspiration going!


Dates - £95.00 per person   Book Now

  • 18th - 19th February 2012
  • 25th - 26th February 2012

This course can be delivered to groups of 6+ at a date and location to suit. Please contact us here.


"...both instructors were sensitive as to what we wanted to do and pushed us as to what we could achieve. such experience and good natured humour is rare in the light of my experience of courses before."


Course Content

We have an early start on Saturday morning for a quick kit check before heading straight out into the hills. Saturday is all about the essential skills required for safe winter travel and we will combine using crampons, ice axes, moving over different types of terrain, ice axe arrests, navigation tips, weather considerations and looking at the snowpack with a classic winter itinerary to really get the most out of the day. Sunday is all about putting these winter skills into practise as we head out in search of ridges, peaks and the best that the area has to offer.


No previous winter walking experience is needed for this course, although you will need a good level of summer walking fitness.


What is included?

Included in the course price is all instruction and guiding throughout the two days, along with an optional evening session on Saturday night looking at avalanche avoidance and principles of snowpack analysis.

You will need to provide your own transport to and from the course venue, accommodation, personal equipment and food. Full details about options for equipment hire, accommodation, transport and timings will be sent out to you upon receipt of your booking form. The course itinerary is deliberately flexible in order to accommodate the best weather and snowpack conditions at the time of the course. 

However, there is no such thing as a bad day out for these winter courses - whatever 

the weather and conditions we can still get a lot out of the two days.



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