- Sunday, 24 February to Saturday 2 March 2013
- Sunday, 3 to Saturday 9 March 2013
Cost: £508.50 - BOOK NOW
Some previous hillwalking experience and a good level of fitness are important.
Five days on the hill in winter can be tiring so a good base level of fitness will make things much more enjoyable.
This course based in a beautiful modern chalet close to Aviemore and the Cairngorms, maximises our time spent on the hill.
Your instructors have an intimate knowledge of this environment, and will open your eyes to the adventure, beauty and risks of this unique area. The week will be a progressive mix of theory and practical winter mountaineering skills delivered whilst travelling on the hill.
Students will have access to state of the art technical equipment such as ice axes, crampons, winter boots, etc.
Who is the course for?
This course is for those wishing to gain the necessary skills, and have an insight into the judgments required to walk and travel safely in the UK in full winter conditions.
Conditions at this time of year can change fast, and so a reasonable level of fitness is important.
Are there any similar or related courses?
- Airport pick ups and transfer to Chalet
(Students make their own travel arrangements to and from Scotland.) Pick up at Edinburgh Airport at 4pm
- Issue and fit technical equipment
|Day 1 || |
- Assessing snow conditions
- Walking on snow
- Preventing and stopping a slide
- Followed by hillwalk
- Avalanche forecasting
- Weather forecasts
|Day 2 || |
- Travelling on steep snowpack
- Cutting steps
- Walking in crampons
- Followed by hillwalk
|Day 3 || |
- Moving on step terrain
- Constructing belays
- Looking after your partner
- Followed by hill walk
|Day 4 || |
- Full day travelling on the hill
- Emergency shelters
|Day 5 || |
- Full day putting it all into practice
|Travel Day || |
Drop off to Edinburgh Airport at 12 noon
What equipment do I need to bring?
Bring any of your own personal hillwaking outdoor clothing and kit. Such as, waterproof jacket and trousers, boots, fleece jacket, warm hat, balaclava and shell gloves, snow goggles, flask, water bottle, Cairgorm, map (1:50,000), compass Silva type 4 or similar, and spare clothes (it’s best to bring plenty of lighter layers and avoid cotton if possible as it offers little heat and takes ages to dry out if wet or sweaty).
Tollymore can supply most of the equipment you require for this course, but it is preferable to use your own where possible even if it’s just a chance for your instructor to comment on your kit and give advice.
What does my course fee include?
Airport transfer, food and accommodation, in-course transport, equipment, and instruction.
Not included: Flights, Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from Scotland.
Useful books and resources
- Winter Skills Andy Cunningham and Allan Fyffe