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Introduction to Winter Walking

 

What:

January in the Southern Highlands

When:

11-13 January 2019

Price:

£255

Where:

Abernethy Ardeonaig

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What:

February in the Cairngorms

When:

08-10 February 2019

Price:

£255

Where:

Abernethy Nethybridge

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About the Weekends

Are you a keen hiker, with plenty of summer walking experience, but you’ve always wanted to have a go on snow?  These new weekends are designed to teach you the basics of Winter Walking and allow you to explore the mountains all year round! 

Getting to know the winter environment is key and we’ll teach you how to stay safe and the techniques you’ll need, such as winter navigation, using ice axes and crampons, how to prevent slips and self-arrests, and even how to plan for a winter day.  We’ll keep the groups small too!

We have two Winter Walking Weekends on offer in early 2019.

January in the Southern Highlands

Experts Stephen Saddler and Tom Snowdon will be leading the weekend and also giving guidance on mountain safety.  Stephen and Tom are both highly experienced in both summer and winter in the UK and abroad — Stephen has his Mountaineering Instructor Certificate and Tom his Winter Mountain Leader.  There will also be two short evening theory sessions on Navigation and Avalanche Awareness, and lots of delicious food after a great day on the hill! There are lots of options accessible from Ardeonaig, right in the middle of Scotland, to find the best winter conditions for this course!

February in the Cairngorms (Northern Corries)

Our instructor, James Woodhouse (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate), has extensive expedition experience both in the UK and overseas and is an Associate Instructor at Glenmore Lodge (National Outdoor Training Centre) and is a course director of both training and assessment for the Summer Mountain Leader.  The Northern Corries provide some of winter’s best adventures for climbers and walkers alike, formed by ancient glaciers and some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland.

What's included in the price?

  • Two days of winter walking, evenings relaxing around a fire with some low-key input on relevant topics
  • 2 nights' full board accommodation
  • Specialist equipment including axes and crampons (but feel free to bring your own if you have them!)
  • We have a limited supply of waterproof winter mountaineering boots. If you would like to use ours, please ensure you notify us at the time of booking (including your shoe size). (Please note that crampons will not attach to most summer boots. Please feel free to contact us if you are not 100% sure that your boots are suitable!)

What will I need to bring?

  • Waterproof mountaineering boots (if you have your own – if not, please see above!)
  • Heavy weight waterproof jacket, with hood (ideally Gore-Tex Pro or similar)
  • Fleece / additional mid-layers 
  • Salopettes / waterproof trousers (ideally Gore-Tex Pro or similar)
  • Base layers (both top and bottom half)
  • Winter weight walking socks
  • Gaiters
  • Winter gloves
  • Woolly hat
  • Goggles and sun glasses
  • Rucksack (must be big enough to fit in multiple spare layers and equipment)
  • Dry bags (you can never have enough)
  • Head torch
  • Thermos

Details:

January Weekend at Ardeonaig: Arrive at the centre after 7pm in time for an introduction at 8:30pm, depart Sunday evening. 

February Weekend at Nethybridge: Arrive at the centre after 7pm in time for an introduction at 8:30pm, depart Sunday evening. 

To Book:

How do I get to the Centres?

Ardeonaig:

  • You can come by car – directions to are HERE.
  • You can come by public transport and we can pick you up from a few different locations. 
  • Give us a call and we can advise you on the best way to travel. 

Nethybridge:

  • You can come by car – directions to are HERE.
  • You can come by public transport and we can pick you up in Aviemore (from the train or the bus). 
  • Give us a call and we can advise you on the best way to travel. 

 

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