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Scottish Winter Skills Courses

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR INSTRUCTOR RATIO IS VERY LOW, 1:3.

Working with my wife Linda Biggar we have several 1 and 2 day Winter Skills Courses scheduled during winter 2016-17. These courses are designed as an introduction to winter walking and mountaineering, and will look mainly at the mountain skills necessary to get safely up and down Scotland's munros in winter. They are suitable for any experienced hill-walkers. While experience of summer walking in Scotland is an advantage it is not necessary to have this beforehand. 

Areas we'll aim to cover on the courses include the following:- route planning, weather & avalanche assessment, winter navigation, use of ice-axe and crampons.  Each course will be kept very flexible to adapt to the needs of the clients who book, there will normally be two of us working on the courses so we can divide the group according to skills or aspirations. To some extent we will also have to adapt to the Scottish weather and snow conditions, which can be unpredictable.

Apart from suitable winter boots, we can provide all equipment necessary such as ice-axes, crampons and helmets.

DATES & PRICES   ARE LISTED BELOW, OR CLICK ON THE LINK.

Liathach winter traverse, Scotland.

On the winter traverse of Liathach, Scotland, March 2015.

Please note that while these scheduled courses run in the Aviemore area, we can also run courses at other venues to suit. Other good options include the Ben Lawers area in Perthshire and the Glencoe and Fort William areas in Lochaber.

The winter ridge traverse of An Teallach in Scotland.

The winter ridge traverse of An Teallach in Scotland.

We use the wee town of Aviemore in the Scottish highlands as a base for these courses. There are various accommodation options in this area, including hostels, B&B and hotels. I can help with arranging accommodation once you have booked a place on one of these courses. Travel to the area is easiest by car from most of Scotland or northern England. From further afield it is possible to arrive by train or to fly into Inverness airport and rent a car (or we may be able to pick you up there). If you want advice on travel and accommodation options before booking please ask!


2016-2017 DATES

  11th & 12th February - 2 day course - Saturday and Sunday

19th February - 1 day course - Sunday

25th & 26th February -  2 day course - Saturday and Sunday

4th March - 1 day course - Saturday

5th March - 1 day course - Sunday

 I'll schedule a similar program of courses for winter 2018, running from about mid-February through to late March 2018. Details available from about June or early July this year.


PRICES & COSTS

Our price doesn't include your accommodation and travel to the area, but we can help you to arrange these.

 1-day course fee  --  90 per person.

  2-day course fee  --   155 per person.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR INSTRUCTOR RATIO IS 1:3.
THIS IS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER COURSE WE'VE SEEN ADVERTISED.

Estimated Accommodation & Meals (1 or 2 nights) -- 60 to 120 per person

To book a course please print a Booking Form and read the full Booking Conditions.  We'll require a completed booking form returned by post or email and a 50% deposit payment per person.

We generally need a minimum of three bookings to run these courses, there will  be a maximum of six on the courses. Private guiding is also available for groups or individuals. If you have three or more in a group we can offer a discount on the above prices.

John Biggar running a Winter Skills Weekend, Cairngorms, Scotland

John Biggar running a Winter Skills Weekend, Cairngorms, Scotland. Conditions are not always nice and sunny.!

Skiing in the hills above Glen Lyon, March 2014 

Skiing in the hills above Glen Lyon, March 2014.


 

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