Winter Walking/Winter Skills Courses

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Instructor to Client Ratio, 1:6 maximum.

These courses are aimed at introducing people (usually summer walkers) to the skills needed for safe mountain travel in the winter/to provide a refresher to those who would like confirmation that what they are doing is safe or reminding or updating on their skills.

Topics to look at include:

  • Equipment
  • Weather and Preparation, Planning your day
  • Snowcraft and the use of the Ice Axe
  • Crampon selection and use
  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Navigation and route planning
  • Response to emergencies
  • Basic Ropework (if appropriate to the experience of the party and the length of the course)

Venues used might include Ben Nevis, Stob Coire Nan Lochain, The Mamores, Aonach Mor, the Ballachullish Horseshoe and Buachaille Etive Mor/Beag

For those looking to a good introduction to winter skills we offer a 2 day course. If you would like a more in depth course it is possible to book a private instructor or to extend your 2 day course on a private basis.

Courses are subject to the needs and fitness of the clients and prevailing conditions but a sample programme might be:

Day 1: Introduction to Winter skills. Topics covered as listed above. Usually a brisk walk in and a fairly static day based in 1 area.
Day 2: Mountain Day. A more mobile day looking at putting into practise and expanding on the skills learnt the previous day.
Day 3: More skills. A mixture of skills teaching and mountain travel, perhaps introducing the use of the rope on moderate ground.
Day 4: Client led day. Clients put their new tools into practise as part of a mountain day of suitable length with the instructor in close attendance acting as advisor/giving further coaching.

Dates and Prices for Winter Walking Courses

Minimum Numbers 2 pax to make a course viable

Open Course Dates:

Our Open Courses run most weekends from January to early March. Please contact us for availability.

Open Winter Walking Course Prices:

80pp per day

Private Course Dates:

Any date, as per your needs.


Instruction, Coaching and Development at Ice Factor are provided by Anderson Mountain Training Centre Ltd The Anderson Mountain Training Centre was established to honour the memory of Andrew (Andy) Anderson, former Director of Glenmore Lodge the National Outdoor Centre, mentor, friend and instrumental in establishing the National Ice Climbing Centre. Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

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