Winter Skills Group in Cairngorms

My Winter Skills and Walks 2023 are now live on my website. I have added several winter skills course dates and some classic winter walks to my programme of guided walks. There may be more additions soon and I am always happy to take suggestions!

Winter Skills Courses

I will be running two 2-day Winter Skills courses in February as well as a one day refresher course. Refresher days are available for private bookings at anytime during the winter so please ask.

These are perfect if you are interested in learning the basic skills to travel safely in the Scottish hills in winter. Before heading onto the hill we will be learning about the Scottish Avalanche Information Service and how to use their forecast. Basically using this properly significantly improves our route choices on the hills us and helps our decision making. Then we will cover the following skills depending on conditions.

  • Equipment & clothing
  • Personal┬ámovement &┬ákicking steps
  • Ice axe self-belay & self-arrest
  • Crampon use & techniques
  • Avalanche awareness and weather conditions
  • Route Planning & decision making
  • Navigation
  • Emergency Shelters (conditions and time allowing)

Winter Walks

A classic winter day walking in the Scottish hills can be magnificent. Especially if the weather and conditions are in your favour. Because I am based in Newtonmore it is relatively easy to get to the Cairngorms, Monadhliath, Drumochter hills and Creag Meagaidh. These are all superb places for winter skills courses or classic walks. We also have some great accommodation in the village along with good transport connections. Please just ask if you would like some recommendations. I have three big walks on consecutive days in the Cairngorms. They combine to make a long weekend of walking, but each can be booked individually if preferred. Creag Meagaidh is also in the calendar along with Beinn a’Chaorainn.

Think Winter

Whether or not you come on one of my winter skills courses or guided walks please remember to #ThinkWinter. Mountaineering Scotland have a lot of useful information and top tips for staying safe in winter.

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