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winter Skills

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Coached winter skills course
Scotland 

The wild snow-capped mountains of Scotland are a beautiful and challenging environment to explore. This 5-day course will not only take you to stunning corners and high peaks of the Cairngorms National Park but will equip you with a wealth of skills and knowledge needed to travel safely in remote winter mountains. 

Cairngorms

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Location

Aviemore is a small mountain town nestled at the edge of one of the UK's most extensive mountain ranges; The Cairngorms National Park. A wild expanse of peaks and vast plateau, these rugged mountains dominate the landscape. Impressive north-facing corries curve perfectly along the edge of a spectacular wintery plateau, and smooth white peaks stretch out for miles along the horizon.

2021 Dates
Who's this trip for
4th - 8th Feb 2021 (Spaces)
 

5 days on the Hill

£495
 

  • Hill-walkers with a minimum of 5 days' summer mountain experience.

  • Walkers with a fitness level to be out in the hills for 5-6 hours a day. 

  • People who love the mountains and want to learn to travel in winter conditions safely. 

 

If you would like to discuss any of the above requirements,  please get in touch. We have 1:1 coaching available.

 

What to expect

The winter mountain environment can be challenging for any hill walker. This course is designed to provide you with the skills needed to travel safely on snow-covered peaks and enjoy the mountains in winter conditions. You will learn techniques for using crampons and ice axes, navigation in tricky winter conditions, and build confidence in your skills to explore safely in winter. 

Throughout the week, we will undertake beautiful winter journeys while learning, exploring the best hillwalking in the area, and enjoy a Monro summit or two. 

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WIldlife

The sparse white plateaus of the Northern Cairngorms are home to some incredibly tough and well-adapted animals. Equipped for cold, hostile habitats, you'll find perfectly camouflaged mountain hares and beautiful Ptarmigans scraping a living from the frozen landscape. 

Their perfect white winter coats make them hard to spot on the snow-covered hills, and conservative behavior keeps their movements subtle and discreet to the human eye. On a still weather day, you'll be sure to hear the distinctive call of the Ptarmigan floating around the corrie bowls.

Course Content

  • Equipment and clothing for winter.

  • Movement skills and kicking steps.

  • Crampon techniques.

  • Ice axe techniques for walking, step cutting, self-belay, and arrests.

  • Avalanche awareness, forecasts, snowpack analysis, route planning, and decision making.

  • Winter navigation.

  • Emergency procedures.

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Arrival/Departure

Participants will meet in Aviemore on the morning of the course.

What the Price Includes

Evoke Winter Mountain Leader

All safety equipment

Transport from Aviemore to mountains each day.

Price does not Include

Accommodation

Food

Equipment hire

Booking

A 25% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 2 months before the expedition start date. * While the uncertainty that Covid-19 brings final payment will only be collected when we can definitively (or as definitively as possible) say that the trip will run.