mountain skills Course

The course is an introduction to Winter Alpine skills. It's suitable for beginners keen to experience snow and ice conditions for the first time and regular alpine trampers wanting to refresh their skills for walking and mountaineering.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Two days of instruction and training and one evening session. 

 

The course will cover:

  • Choosing equipment for an alpine environment
  • Movement skills on snow
  • Ice Axe use
  • Safe use of crampons
  • Emergency rope use for steep ground
  • Emergency snow shelters
  • A mountain journey putting all of the new skills into perspective

 

Course Dates

We have fixed date options for this course. They start on the first Saturday of every month From June until September

Courses require a minimum of three people to go ahead

 

Dates
Status
 
2-3 September 2017 6 Spaces Left!
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2-3 June 2018 Open
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7-8 July 2018 Open
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4-5 August 2018 Open
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1-2 September 2018 Open
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It may, however, be possible to run courses on different dates. If you have a group of three or more people, and wish to book a course for an alternative date, please contact us to discuss options.

 

Alternatively, we offer privately guided instruction for a truly tailored experience. Please contact us with your aspirations and we can discuss your best option with you.

  

Sample Program

Day 1

  • Introductions,
  • Kit Check and Discussion,
  • weather forecast and route planning
  • Step kicking/cutting
  • Ice axe arrest
  • Walking in crampons
  • Emergency rope work and snow shelters 

DAY 1 Evening Session

  • Introduction to Avalanche Awareness

 

DAY 2

We will use the skills learnt on the previous day to embark on an alpine journey, practicing self arrest and crampon technique along the way where appropriate. We will also talk about avalanche awareness, snow conditions, mountain weather and route planning.

 

 

Equipment

  • What we provide. We will provide all technical equipment for the course (crampons, axes, ropes etc).
  • What you need. Please bring appropriate clothing for a winter environment, waterproofs, boots, hot drinks and lunch for the days. We can assist with low cost rentals.

A Perfect Combo

Our Avalanche Awareness course is a perfect compliment to the Mountain Skills course. Please contact us for a discount if you wish to book both at the same time!

 

Optional Add-on Day

For those that want to take the course to the next level, we offer an optional extra day taking in an ascent of Single Cone, The Remarkables highest peak. This involves more advanced mountaineering and climbing techniques and as such has a smaller ratio size of 1:2