A practical introduction to hiking in the mountains in winter conditions


This long weekend is a winter skills weekend that will provide practical learning in the necessary skills required for mountain hiking in the winter.


whether you are new to winter mountaineering, or just need to dust off the cobwebs, this practical trip will cover everything you need to know in order to stay as safe as possible in the mountains

Covered on the trip will include:

- General Safety (pre-trip planning, in-trip planning and risk mitigating)

- Weather awareness

- Avalanche awareness

- Winter navigation

- Safe use of crampons and ice axe

- Movement techniques on snow and ice

- Ice Axe arrest (the use of your ice axe if you were to fall and slide down a slope - don't worry, this is done in a safe area and is a lot of fun!

- Constructing and using show anchors

- Building an emergency shelter in the snow

- Building (and sleeping in) a snow hole


Cost includes:

- 3-nights accommodation

- 3-days instruction and guidance by an experienced and qualified mountain leader

- Use of safety equipment (ice axe, crampons and helmet)

- Breakfasts and Lunches

- Transport and logistical support from Inverness airport



Friday (from 10pm) - Meet at Inverness airport and drive to our accommodation in The Cairngorms National Park

Saturday - A day of journeying through the winter wilderness, learning appropriate techniques in order to stay safe

Sunday - A second day hiking in the winter wonderland camping out in the wild (in a snow hole if conditions allow)

Monday - Leaving our nest, we will journey back to the minibus, before returning back to Inverness airport (for 2:30pm)