Skills for the Hills: Winter

Scotland in winter is a mountaineer's paradise, there is a wealth of different challenges to enjoy, from straight forward hill walks to the most challenging of winter climbs and ridge traverses.  Join me for some instruction in essential or advanced skills and give yourself the freedom of the winter hills.

 

Essential Winter Skills for the Hills

Winter in the hills brings a whole breadth of new challenges and ups the ante on the usual ones too!  Prepare yourself for an enjoyable season by learning the essential skills needed for safe travel.

Topics include: Use of Ice Axe and Crampons, Route Choice, Assessing Weather and Snow Conditions, Navigation Techniques in Winter

 

Classic Winter Mountaineering

So you've learnt the basic skills for safe travel but realise that being in the hills in winter is more akin to mountaineering than just hillwalking.  I'm available for group leadership all over Scotland through the winter season but some of the most popular routes and peaks include: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg Arete, Cairngorm and Ben Macdui, Ballachulish Horseshoe, Am Bodach and Bealach na Chip, Slioch, Beinn Eigh, Beinn Alligin Horns Traverse, Buachaille Etive Mor

 

Navigation in Winter

Navigation in winter can be very challenging indeed; snow covers the paths and makes the landscape harder to interpret, daylight hours are fewer and the wind is often pummelling you with hail and snow while you try to take a bearing.  Refine your technique for navigation and gain the confidence you need to embark on that winter wonderland.

 

Advanced Winter Skills for the Hills

Usually undertaken over a week, or possibly a series of weekends, we can cover all of the things you'll need to be a completely self sufficient Scottish winter mountaineer.

Topics include: Use of Ice Axe and Crampons, Route Choice, Assessing Weather and Snow Conditions, Navigation Techniques in Winter, Emergency Shelters, Use of the Rope in Snow Belays

 

Snow Holing

Sleeping out in a snow hole is a brilliant experience, but not one that should be taken lightly.  Learn the techniques for effective snow hole building and for managing the safety of your group while you take shelter.  You'll need your own sleeping bag and mat for this, but I can often provide any other equipment we might need.