Are you a keen hiker, with plenty of summer walking experience, but you’ve always wanted to have a go on snow? These new weekends are designed to teach you the basics of Winter Walking and allow you to explore the mountains all year round!
Getting to know the winter environment is key and we’ll teach you how to stay safe and the techniques you’ll need, such as winter navigation, using ice axes and crampons, how to prevent slips and self-arrests, and even how to plan for a winter day. We’ll keep the groups small too!
We have two Winter Walking Weekends on offer in early 2019.
Experts Stephen Saddler and Tom Snowdon will be leading the weekend and also giving guidance on mountain safety. Stephen and Tom are both highly experienced in both summer and winter in the UK and abroad — Stephen has his Mountaineering Instructor Certificate and Tom his Winter Mountain Leader. There will also be two short evening theory sessions on Navigation and Avalanche Awareness, and lots of delicious food after a great day on the hill! There are a lots of options accessible from Ardeonaig, right in the middle of Scotland, to find the best winter conditions for this course!
Our instructor, James Woodhouse (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate), has extensive expedition experience both in the UK and overseas and is an Associate Instructor at Glenmore Lodge (National Outdoor Training Centre) and is a course director of both training and assessment for the Summer Mountain Leader. The Northern Corries provide some of winter’s best adventures for climbers and walkers alike, formed by ancient glaciers and some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.
January Weekend at Ardeonaig: Arrive at the centre after 7pm in time for an introduction at 8:30pm, depart after lunch on Sunday.
February Weekend at Nethybridge: Arrive at the centre after 7pm in time for an introduction at 8:30pm, depart Sunday evening.