Winter Skills - Scotland
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Experience the Scottish mountains at their best and most challenging and increase your Winter walking knowledge with our Scottish Winter Skills course.
2 days walking in some of the finest mountains in the UK, whilst improving your knowledge of how to plan and enjoy the Winter environment safely.
We will discuss winter weather forecasts inc avalanche awareness, clothing, equipment and navigation. The theory will also be put to the test over two days whilst we walk in the Scottish mountains.
The exact locations will vary depending on weather etc but typical Winter summits will include Ben Nevis, Cairngorm, Creag Meagaidh as well as other peaks in different areas. With early starts and late finishes the Scottish environment is not to be taken lightly but it also offers amazing and memorable experiences!
This course is designed for those who have been on our Winter Walking Intro course or have some experience of walking in snow conditions perhaps with the use of crampons and ice axe. Please contact us to discuss if you are unsure.
Note: All our instructors are experienced, fully qualified for the course they are responsible for and are qualified first aiders. They will always strive to give you the best experience coupled with ensuring your safety and others.
Day 1 - Friday
We leave North Wales at Friday lunchtime with pick ups available en route.
Travel to our Scottish base (shared private accommodation). After arriving we will have an evening lecture and also check clothing and equipment. This will include assessing the weather forecast, the avalanche forecast from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service and what routes we can potentially take for our first day's walk.
This will be followed by our evening meal.
Day 2 - Saturday
After an early breakfast we head out for our first day of walking. We'll look at basic winter walking skills and expand on these during the day's journey. Navigation, route choice and avalanche awareness will be constant themes throughout the day.
After returning to our accommodation there will be tea/coffee and cake followed by a short evening lecture or discussion and then planning the next day's walk. We always include some general interest topics and information in our lectures such as Scottish place names, history or wildlife so that we learn about and appreciate more the fantastic landscape we travel across. Evening meal at a local restaurant.
Day 3 - Sunday
Another fine breakfast will set us up for the day.
We head out to experience the unique Scottish mountain environment, building on the skills and knowledge from the previous day.
We aim to finish walking around 4pm and then travel home, arriving back in North Wales late evening.
All timings on the mountain are approximate.
Full details will be sent upon receipt of your booking form and payment.