Winter Walking/Winter Skills Courses

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Winter Skills course (2 Days) 

Is It For Me? Course Pre Requisites

Develop the knowledge and skills to operate safely and independently in the hills in winter. The Ice Factor operates in classic west Scotland mountainous terrain such as Glencoe and Nevis range.  Perfect for those summer climbers and hill walkers wanting to get started on the journey to winter  mountaineering.

  To get the most out of the course we recommend that you have summer hill walking experience and have a level of fitness that will allow you to undertake two consecutive days on the hill. Winter hill walking is arduous so a good level of fitness will allow you to cope with what at times can be harsh and physically demanding conditions.

Course Aims

Throughout this course the Ice Factors experienced instructors will introduce you to a range of core skills such as Ice Axe arrest and self belaying and avalanche awareness. such that will enable you to enjoy and move about the UK’s mountains in winter conditions competently and confidently. 

Course Content

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking
  • Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest
  • Use of crampons in ascent/descent
  • Emergency procedures
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
  • Core techniques of winter navigation

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Price

£185pp

Snow Holing Expedition 2 days 

Is It For Me? Course pre requisites

If you want to experience the Scottish mountains at their most remote and beautiful this course is for you. Based in the West highlands we have access to some of the most beautiful hills in Scotland.  Depending on conditions we may be based in Glencoe, Creag Meaghdaih or Ben Nevis itself. Over the course of two days we will endeavour to summit a number of munros while staying in a snowhole in some of the most remote and beautiful areas of Scotland. Your instructor will even bring a dram in order to help pass the night.

This is a proper expedition so we recommend that you have summer hill walking experience and have a level of fitness that will allow you to undertake two consecutive days on the hill. Winter hill walking and in particular snowholing is arduous so a good level of fitness will allow you to cope with what at times can be harsh and physically demanding conditions and digging the snowhole itself.

Course Aims

The course is designed to introduce you to snowholing and to take you on a guided expedition through the Scottish Highlands with the aim of taking in a number of Munro summits, while developing your core winter skills at the same time.

Course Content

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking and snow holing
  • How to dig and construct a Snow-hole, personal and group management within a snowhole
  • Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest
  • Use of crampons in ascent/descent
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route choice
  • Core techniques of winter navigation

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Price

£200

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