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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 2017-18. 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.

John Biggar running a Winter Skills Weekend, Cairngorms, Scotland

John Biggar running a Winter Skills Weekend for the Galloway mountain rescue team. Based in the Cairngorms, Scotland. Conditions are not always nice and sunny.!

 

Please note that while these scheduled courses are planned to 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. We 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!


2017-2018 DATES

  23rd & 24th December 2017 - 2 day course - Saturday and Sunday - Escape the last minute Christmas rush! 

25th February 2018 - 1 day course - Sunday

3rd & 4th March 2018 -  2 day course - Saturday and Sunday

10th March 2018 - 1 day course - Saturday

11th March 2018 - 1 day course - Sunday


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  --  145 per person for 23/24 December, otherwise 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.

Liathach winter traverse, Scotland.

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

 


 

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