WINTER SKILLS COURSES
We are able to offer a variety of winter skills courses, ranging from one day to a weekend or a full week. These can be run for individuals, groups, clubs, universities or anyone else needing winter skills training.
Various topics can be covered, such as self arrest, step cutting and kicking, cramponning, emergency snow shelter construction, avalanche prediction and avoidance, winter ropework and belaying and
winter navigation skills.
Currently we are finding that course participants are looking for a mixture of skills, usually designed around their own requirements. Thus, if you are interested in a winter skills course then drop us an email with your outline thoughts and we will design a course to suit your needs. As a guideline, below are a few ideas as to what we can offer.
WINTER SKILLS WEEK
This five-day course covers the full remit of winter skills. As a guideline, the week would progress something like as follows, with all skills being cumulative:
Day 1: Winter navigation, self arrest, step kicking and cutting, cramponning
Day 2: Micro-navigation, avalanche prediction and avoidance, negotiating winter slopes
Day 3: navigation, emergency shelter construction
Days 4 and 5: consolidation, possibly including some simple winter ropework if requested.
The outcome of the week should be that you are happy to venture out in the UK's mountains under winter conditions.
WINTER SKILLS WEEKEND
This two-day course will look at the basics of safe travel over winter ground, predominantly navigation issues, avalanche prediction and avoidance, ice axe arrest, step kicking and cutting, cramponning and emergency snow shelter construction, Covering two full days, this course allows for a good deal of content to be learned and practised. Should all participants wish, some basic winter ropework could also be included
WINTER SKILLS REFRESHER DAY
This one-day course will look at the basics of safe travel over winter ground, predominantly avalanche prediction and avoidance, ice axe arrest, step kicking and cutting, cramponning and, should there be time, emergency snow shelter construction. We will make the best of the conditions and cover as much as possible during the time allotted.
This two-day course covers a variety of skills that the winter walker or mountaineer might wish to deploy, either for safety or progress. Snow belays, rock anchors, belaying techniques, protecting a person in ascent, personal abseiling and negotiating snowed-up terrain are all covered, and lots more! A busy couple of days and a good grounding in basic winter ropework for novices or experienced mountaineers alike.
PRICES AND BOOKING
Dates for all of these courses are available on request. Alternatively, we are happy to arrange dates to suit for couples, groups etc.
The prices below rely on a 1:4 ratio as a minimum to run.
WINTER SKILLS WEEKEND: 1:6
WINTER SKILLS WEEK 1:6
WINTER SKILLS REFRESHER DAY 1:6
WINTER ROPEWORK 1:4
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The Mountain Leader Specialists