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Introduction to Winter Walking



Introduction to Winter Walking


14-16 February 2019




Abernethy Nethybridge




About the Weekend

Are you a keen hiker, with plenty of summer walking experience, but you’ve always wanted to have a go on snow?  This weekend is 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!

There will be Christian messages interwoven throughout the weekend.

"Great course, excellent tuition."

"Excellent, safe and good communication!"

"Course was everything I expected and more, really enjoyed it."

About James Woodhouse

Our instructor, James Woodhouse (MIC) (see right), has extensive expedition experience both in the UK and overseas and is an Associate Instructor at Glenmore Lodge and a course director of both training and assessment for the Summer Mountain Leader (see below demonstrating an arrest on a training course).  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). (Note that crampons will not attach to most summer boots.  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
Don't let the kit-list put you off!  Talk to us about what we can help you with, or provide.  We want as many people to come and enjoy this weekend.


Arrive at the centre after 7pm in time for an introduction at 8:30pm, depart Sunday evening.  Click HERE for a sample programme. 

Well also offer a non-residential package if you live locally.  Evening meals and use of Centre facilities included.

Live locally?

Our non-residential price is £190 (bring your own food too!)

To Book:

Call our Nethybridge Office on 01479 821279 or email nethybridge@abernethy.org.uk

Click here for our online booking form.


How do I get to the Centre?

  • You can come by car – directions to Nethybridge 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. 

Further information

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