Where is the course? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?
This winter skills course takes place in the Cairngorm National Park which is a fantastic place for learning the basics on easy angled ground right through to classic winter mountaineering with a wide choice of area’s, routes and objectives to choose from.
Who is the course for?
Ideally you should have a fair amount of previous 3 season hiking experience, as you will allready know a fair amount about the type of ground and weather conditions that can exist in the hills and mountains of the UK. You should also have a good level of general hiking fitness. If you have some summer grade 1 scrambling experience then all the better.
Course Ratios and instructors
Maximum ratio’s during the week are 6 clients to 1 instructor. Our instructors all hold a minimum of Winter Mountain Leader with excellent local area knowledge and years of experience delivering mountain skills to civilian, military and SAR personnel.
What kit do I need?
You will need clothing and footwear suitable for winter mountaineering.
Please read our winter skills kit-list for full details and also feel free to ask us for advice.
We will provide helmets, ropes and other technical and emergency group kit.
Crampons, walking boots and walking axes can be hired at Mountain Spirit, Nevis Sport and Ellis Brighams, They are all in Aviemore.
Alternatively you can hire Crampons and Axes from us for £50.00 per set for the duration of the course – early booking essential.