Winter 2019 Winter Mountaineering Courses in Scotland & The Lake District with Lakes Outdoor Experience.
Are you thinking of spending more time in the mountains this winter? You have already attended a winter skills course and fancy trying some of those ridge routes leading in to the top of your favourite mountains, but are unsure of how to deal with the extra hazards that snow & ice bring with them.
You may have heard of others attempting routes such as Sharp Edge on Blencathra, Striding Edge on Helvellyn or routes further north such as Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor, The Aonach Eagach; or Ledge Route on Ben Nevis.
The idea of Winter Mountaineering sounds like exciting and exhilarating stuff, however, you don't feel confident to try such routes on your own having heard that an understanding of basic rope-work technques is involved and perhaps feeling that you are lacking in the skills necessary to tackle these routes and stay safe!
At Lakes Outdoor Experience, we have a number of Mountaineering Instructors at our disposal with a great deal of experience of coaching and guiding on Scotland & The Lake District's classic winter mountaineering routes. Why not start the winter season by having a day of guided Mountaineering with us; and then you can decide if you want to learn the techniques of winter mountaineering for yourself! Ideally, you will have attended a winter skills course before attending any winter mountaineering course.
What we are offering you!
Winter Mountaineering Skills Training Courses.
Come on a winter mountaineering Skills Training Course with us and learn the skills to take to winter mountain ridge routes on your own!
What we will teach you:
- Interpreting the weather and avalanche forecasts in order to decide on an appropriate route. Interpreting guidebook information. Using mountain navigation skills to reach your route.
- Winter rope-work techniques. Appropriate belaying methods: direct belay techniques on rock, semi-direct belays and indirect (body) belays using bucket seats ice axes, a Deadman and climbing hardware.
- Safeguarding others by use of a rope through belays and short roping. Tying on to the rope, locking off coils. Moving together on winter mountaineering terrain.
- Learn winter mountaineering techniques in a real situation on grade II winter mountaineering terrain.
The cost. This can be a one or two day course and is priced at £180.00 per day (£90 per person) or you can include a third person and bring the cost down to £75.00 each per day.
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Guided Winter Mountaineering Days.
Come out with one of our Mountaineering Instructors for a great Guided Winter Mountaineering Day on any of the following classic routes
In the Lake District.
Striding Edge, Swirral Edge, Helvellyn. Sharp Edge & Hallsfell Ridge,Blencathra. Jack's Rake, Langdale. Central & Cust's Gullies, Great End.
And In Scotland.
Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor, The Aonach Eagach, Sron Na Lairig, Dinnertime Buttress, Zig-Zag Route: Glen Coe. Schoolhouse Ridge: Ballachuilish. The East Ridge/ North top of Stob Ban, Glen Nevis. Ledge Route, Ben Nevis. Golden Oldy, west face of Aonach Mor; and many more.
Travelling to the venues. Winter mountaineering routes in Glen Coe, Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor can be access from Fort William, just four hours drive north of the English Border, Climbs in the Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh area can be accessed from Aviemore - just five hours drive north of the Engish border. Both towns have a wide variety of accommodation options, restaurants, supermarkets, and outdoor shops from where to hire crampons and axes. We will happily advise on or help you book suitable accommodation.
Prior to starting your winter mountaineering course. You will have a briefing with your instructor. Once you have arrived and settled into your accommodation, your instructor will arrange to meet you, ususally on the evening before your course, to discuss the conditions, your aspirations; and to check that you have everything required in readiness and are fully prepared for your guided winter mountaineering day or winter mountaineering skills training course.
What is included. Helmets, winter climbing harnesses and the use of climbing ropes and rack are included in the price per day. Our winter climbing courses do not include the provision of climbing axes, winter boots or crampons, but these can be hired and we can arrange this for you.
Please also note! Winter Mountaineering Skills Training Courses and Guided Winter Mountaineering Days are long, demanding days. So, expect to get up early and experience walk-ins that may be of several hours duration - just to get to the start of your winter mountaineering route. It is essential that you possess a good level of "hill fitness" if you want to get the most from these courses!
So if you are getting excited about the prospect of Winter mountaineering this season. Then contact us or call Iain on 07761 483364 to arrange your guided winter mountaineering course or winter mountaineering skills training Course in Scotland or The Lake District. Either course costs £180.00 per day or £90.00 each between two persons, for a maximum of three people per Mountaineering Instructor, the cost 75.00 per person.
We look forward to working with you.
Thursday 6th of December 2018