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Looking towards the North East Buttress on Ben Nevis Winter Walking skills – Week

“Most of the satisfaction in any ‘risky’ sport lies not in courting hazards unprepared, but in matching danger with your skills” (Eric Langmuir, 1995)

Who’s a Winter walking skills course (week) for?

People with a summer hill walking background that want to take the large leap into safe winter hill walking

What you get . . . the skills

What you get . . . the package

Pre event – We will liaise with you to ensure the smooth organisation of the trip, provide you with a kit list, and answer any questions you may have on what equipment to buy. We can also arrange hire of equipment from local suppliers.

During the event – Firstly, we will meet you on the Sunday evening in the accommodation (or where you are staying) and ensure all the group made it safely to the activity location and everybody has the equipment needed.

  • Day 1 – Generally the first day looks at the basics. So we can run through the decisions to be made before you even step foot onto snow. Then swiftly move onto safe and effective movement around the mountain. So, before we touch anything metal, we look at the most important tool of all; your boots! Following a logical progression that takes into account the conditions we have on the day, we can start a journey around the mountains covering more skills as we go.
  • Day 1 evening – So following day one, we like to put across the theory behind the decisions. So a fun, informal “lecturette” in the evening, means those that want to can learn more about the science behind the snow, and get ideas on further reading. All lectures include a handout to take away and read.
  • Day 2 & 3 – So, the main aim of these days is to build on the skills gained in day 1. Now we know you individually we can really start to develop and refine those essential skills, and add new ones in as we undertake our second and third mountain journeys.
  • Day 3 evening – The second “lecturette” on navigation and emergency shelters
  • Days 4 & 5 – By now we will really have a good idea of everybody’s individual strengths and weaknesses. We can tailor the days accordingly to make sure everybody gets the time they need to develop those weaknesses

Also, these days are the perfect time to undertake more adventurous ventures too, maybe, a classic remote Munro, or an easy gully leading to a summit plateau. Whatever you choose you can be assured on a five day course we cover lots of ground; literally!

Summary of what’s included

  • Pre event support on logistics and equipment
  • Meeting the night before the course to make sure everybody is fit and healthy
  • A qualified Winter Mountain Leader
  • A guide to client ratio of 1:6
  • A digital photo album of the event
  • 2 x “lecturette”

How much does this cost?

*= no accommodation. Nights in a premium bunkhouse can be added for £25 per person / per night

How to book

So, if you already know we can help you with your requirements please contact us with your exact needs. Or if you have any questions not answered in these pages, again, please feel free to ask us them directly. You can contact us via the phone number and email found at the top of the page. Or, fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page. Also, take a look at our calendar to see what “Open to All Skills Courses” are coming up soon.

Learn more

Don’t fancy this; think its a hard for you? If so, look at our Winter skill weekend course, perfect for those people who dont feel ready for an entire week of winter just yet!


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