Practical Winter Skills course Feb 2020

Date: 8th February 2020

Price: £100.00

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020 based at Aviemore and operating in Coire an t-Sneachda and surrounding area.

We will meet at 0845 in the public car park opposite the Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH for a kit check prior to making our way to Cairngorm Mountain ski area car park.

This is a two day practical winter skills course designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently.

We will cover appropriate winter kit, movement on snow & ice, including kicking steps, use of the ice axe for walking, cutting steps and ice axe arrest. Use of crampons, safe route choice and basic avalanche awareness. Core techniques of winter navigation and emergency procedures.

You will need to bring multiple layers of warm clothing, an insulating jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves, mittens, goggles and a head torch. Sufficient food and drink for an extended day on the hills.

Ice axe, B2 rated stiff soled boots, crampons and a helmet are required to participate in this course. These items can be hired from outlets such as www.tiso.com (store now open in Aviemore) should you not have your own.

Contact me to discuss your winter skills course with any questions you may have prior to booking.

A variety of accommodation options are available in Aviemore, including Hostels (use my code King-19 for 10% off in the SYHA), B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent as it is on the main routes to Inverness from the Central Belt.

Cost is £100 per person (maximum group size is 6)

Availability: places still available