Winter Skills Weekend - February

Feb 24

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This is a beginner course aimed at those new to walking in the mountains in winter. Suitable for all but you will need to be of average fitness.

Join ODL in the Cairngorms this winter and learn valuable skills to enable you to stay safe in the snow!

This two-day winter skills course introduces the essential hill walking skills required for staying safe in the UK's mountains during winter. You'll get to learn and practice personal movement skills, using an ice axe, self-arrests, winter navigation, route planning, avalanche avoidance and emergency procedures.

  • Learn how to walk in crampons on flat and steep ground
  • Practice ice axe use including self arrests
  • Develop avalanche awareness
  • Improve your winter navigation skills
  • Familiarise yourself with emergency procedures
  • Become independent in the mountains in winter conditions

This is a practical course taught in the mountains and skills are coached each day in the context of a mountain journey. The aim is to help you to gain familiarity with these skills enabling you to get out into the mountains on your own.

Summer mountain walking experience is desirable. Winter walking is more arduous than in summer so a good level of fitness will allow you to cope with more physically demanding conditions.

Accommodation is not included on this course. There are numerous options available in and around Aviemore from campervan stopovers and campsites to hostels and hotels. Use the 'Comment' facility below to share ideas. Additionally, there may be opportunities for extra days' walking immediately following the weekend for those with enough energy!

Simon and Andy look forward to welcoming you to Scotland this winter.

This is one of two courses running over the season. Click here for the January course.

Photos: Property of hellosimon and used with permission by OutdoorLads.

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