|Introduction to Winter Walking|
Designed for those with experience of summer hill walking, this course introduces winter novices to the techniques and equipment required to venture into the mountains under snow or icy conditions. The course is run as private tuition for individuals or small groups.
Coming to grips with snow and ice, crampons and ice axes can seem a little daunting at first. All our courses ensure you learn at your own pace and enjoy these new and exciting skills. You will be taken through an gentle progression from walking in easy soft snow to ascending slopes with more firm snow. We look at using the boot as a tool before moving onto walking with an ice axe - as a balancing aid, as a step cutter and most importantly as a fall arrester. We will make the learning of these vital skills progressive and logical, making sure you are confident before moving onto more advanced techniques. We would then aim to look at using crampons on a variety of slopes, beginning with gentle snow and moving towards steeper and firmer snow and ice. We would also aim to look at winter navigation techniques and avalanche awareness.
Previous experience required: Some summer hill walking