@ 10.00am - 17.00pm

Two-Day Winter Skills Course – near Braemar

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Day 1

Meet at 10am at the Auchallater carpark or Glenshee Ski Centre – final location to be determined in the lead up to the course, depending on weather and conditions.
On the journey out to the training area we will talk about the ground, clues to snow movement, identifying risk areas, snow laden slopes, terrain traps etc.
You will also discuss navigation techniques, how the conditions underfoot can affect speed, tips on low visibility and avoiding risk.

Depending on the ground conditions you will start the training on the way to the training area, using boots as a tool, self-arrest without an axe etc. It might also be suitable to fit crampons and walk with an axe to the training area.

At the training area we will cover:
Walking using crampons up and down hill
Walking with an axe and stowing an axe when not in use
Step cutting and the suitability of each type
Ice axe arrests
Shelters, building the various types and the benefits of shovels
Benefit of transceivers and companion rescue

Day 2

Some of the topics above will be covered or recapped on day 2 which will be more of a mountain journey. Day 2 will consolidate the learning, you will plan a safe route into the hills, each taking turns practicing your winter navigation..

You should have good summer hill walking experience before attending this course. You will also need boots capable of taking a crampon. We can loan you an ice axe.
Snow conditions and weather on the day will dictate how the training is managed.
Contact us for more information.
Participation form and kit guide will be sent on booking.
Terms and conditions apply.

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