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2-Day Winter Mountaineering Skills Course in the Cairngorms

£ 310

Aviemore, Scotland

2-Day Winter Mountaineering Skills Course in the Cairngorms
Minimum age: 16
Aviemore, Scotland
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
£ 310

Activity Highlights:

Enter the heart of winter mountaineering with our 2-day Winter Mountain Skills Course in the breathtaking Cairngorms. Whether you’re a novice seeking to explore the wonders of winter mountains or an adventurer in need of a refresher, this course is tailored to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge to navigate and conquer the mountains during the winter season.

Key Details

  • Availability: January – April
  • Duration: 2 full days
  • Total Distance: 8-10km per day
  • Mountaineering Time: 6-7 hours per day
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Meeting Point: 9am at Tiso Cafe in Aviemore PH22 1AF
  • Group Size: Minium of 3, maximum of 6

Key Skills

During this immersive course, you’ll develop a wide range of vital winter mountaineering skills, including:

  1. Ice Axe and Crampon Mastery: Learn to confidently use ice axes and crampons, essential tools for navigating snowy terrain.
  2. Winter Navigation: Acquire the knowledge and techniques needed to navigate safely in winter conditions.
  3. Avalanche Awareness: Gain insight into recognizing avalanche-prone areas and how to stay safe.
  4. Winter Weather Survival: Equip yourself to handle the challenges of winter weather.
  5. Emergency Procedures: Learn essential procedures for handling unexpected situations in the mountains.
  6. Kit Selection: Understand how to choose and organise your gear for winter mountaineering.
  7. Pre-Planning: Master the art of planning safe routes and selecting suitable venues.

What to Expect

Our 2-day course instils confidence in ice axe and crampon use, winter navigation, and weather resilience. You’ll gain avalanche awareness and essential winter gear expertise. This course equips you with core skills for confident, independent winter mountain exploration across the UK.

Our adaptable Winter Skills itinerary responds to weather and group objectives, covering:

  • Selecting and organising winter mountaineering kit
  • Snow movement skills – kicking steps, ice axe walking, self-belay, self-arrest.
  • Crampon use for ascent and descent.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Weather and avalanche awareness.
  • Pre-planning, safe route, and venue selection.
  • Fundamental winter navigation techniques.

Location

The Cairngorms provide an awe-inspiring backdrop for your winter mountaineering journey. With their stunning landscapes and challenging terrain, they are the perfect place to hone your skills.

We will meet at 9am at Tiso Cafe in Aviemore (PH22 1AF).

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in this course, allowing you the flexibility to choose lodgings that suit your preferences and budget.

Prerequisites

You should be at least 16 years old. No prior winter mountaineering experience is required, making this course suitable for beginners. However, participants should have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for challenging outdoor activities.

Why Choose Us?

As your guides and mentors in the world of winter mountaineering, we are committed to your safety and enjoyment. Our experienced team will share their expertise and passion, ensuring you develop the skills needed to become an independent adventurer in the winter mountains of the UK. We prioritise safety, adaptability, and a supportive learning environment to make your winter mountain skills journey unforgettable.

We are passionate about the natural world and its beautiful wild places. We have a deep respect and appreciation for the environment and a love for adventure and silent human-powered sports.

Don’t miss the chance to discover the enchanting realm of winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms. Book your Winter Mountain Skills Course with us today and embark on a life-changing adventure.

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What's Included:

  • Experienced & qualified AMI guide
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet

What's Not Included:

  • Winter mountaineering boots - crampon compatible
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat and gloves
  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Transport

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Please bring the following with you. Please avoid cotton clothing:

  • Winter mountaineering boots – crampon compatible
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wool socks
  • Base layer
  • Gloves – plus spares
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Warm hat – plus spare
  • Fleece or soft-shell jacket
  • Spare fleece / warm top
  • Trousers – synthetic that dry quickly
  • Lunch, snacks and liquid
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • If you have your own – ice axe and crampons

As part of planning our adventures we follow the mountain weather forecasts closely.

If the guides decide that the weather represents an unacceptable level of risk an alternative destination will be decided upon and communicated.

There are 282 mountains in Scotland over 914m / 3000ft. We are in these mountains year-round exploring and guiding clients to summits in wild and remote locations.

These are boots designed specifically for mountaineering in snow, rock and ice conditions.

They are also crampon-compatible which is required for our winter mountaineering trips. If you are not sure please just contact us or the adventuro team via the live chat. We can also provide you with winter mountaineering boots if required and requested in advance.

If you are interested in a custom adventure for you and your group, there is flexibility on age limits. Please message the adventuro team via the live chat, who will be happy to facilitate this arrangement.

Along with our Public Liability insurance, we are continually building on our qualifications. As a team, we have the following qualifications, so you can be sure you are in the right hands for whatever you are doing with us: Mountain Leader (Winter); Mountain Leader (Summer); ASI SUP Instructor Trainer/Assessor; SLSGB Trainer/Assessor; Single Pitch Award (rock climbing); Trail Cycle Leader (mountain biking); SLSGB Surf Lifeguard; SLSGB Coasteering Safety and Rescue; ASI SUP Instructor Level 3; ASI Surf Instructor Level 2; HSE First Aid Certificate; Scottish Field Archery Association Leader; Neural Linguistic Programming Practitioner Certificate; PDA in Youth Work; Mountain Instructor Award (training).

We hold an Adventure Activity License. This allows participants under the age of 18 to take part in an activity with us without parental/guardian supervision. Please note, a parent or guardian will be required to sign a declaration form before the activity. 

For coasteering, The National Coasteering Charter (NCC) is an advisory membership organisation providing coasteering companies and guides with support and advice as well as the benchmark for safety for this activity. Our guides are highly experienced and run Coasteering Guide Workshops for other providers of coasteering using the NCC guides framework. You can’t find better-skilled or more experienced guides in the area. We are the people the guides come to learn from.

ASI [Academy of Surf Instructors] is the world’s leading professional membership organisation and international governing body for instructors, coaches and schools in the outdoor recreation industry for surfing, stand up paddle boarding and body boarding. We are an accredited ASI school and instructor training centre, this means our instructors are of the highest possible professional standards. ASI creates and sets the international standards and continuously investigates and researches industry practices and liaises with the industry itself and government departments around the world, to ensure we are at the leading edge for the provision of education, accreditation, standards and safe practices, and with respect and harmony with nature.

All our adventures take place in the mountains and ocean so a level of fitness is required. We also like to make our adventures accessible to a wide variety of clients. 

For all our mountain adventures we use the following grade system:

  • Easy: Easier treks, mostly on well-defined paths, with no special difficulties.
  • Easy/Moderate: Slightly harder treks. Paths may be indistinct, navigation skills required.
  • Moderate: Moderate mountaineering. Terrain will be steep, map reading skills essential. This grade includes the most straightforward and popular Mountains over 3000 feet / 914 meters [Munros].
  • Challenging: Harder mountaineering. Can include longer treks and pathless sections calling for more careful navigation. There may be scree and minor scrambling. This grade is quite broad and includes the bulk of Mountains over 3000 feet / 914 meters [Munros].
  • Strenuous: Tough by mountaineering standards; these routes can be very arduous or include trickier scrambling. This grade includes the hardest or most strenuous Mountains over 3000 feet / 914 meters [Munros].

In the ocean, clients should be confident in cold water and full immersion – and be able to swim 15m.

All our adventures are continually risk assessed as part of our planning and professional procedures. This assessment is also integrated into our insurance process.

As a responsible and ethical adventure company we are committed to the wild and natural environment we work in. We strive to put the planet first in everything we do.

We recognise that a love for our beautiful wild places demands active participation in the fight to save them. This is of course a dynamic process and we are always striving to minimise our impact in, educate our clients on and improve our contribution towards, our natural environment. 

We align as partners with adventuro, who are a net-zero company from day-one, partnering with Rewilding Britain to protect our playground.

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  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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