ONE, TWO & FOUR DAY COURSES
Below you will find our range of Winter Skills Courses which we provide in both the Lake District and Scotland. We have some open events, but as with all our courses and events they can also be organised on a date to suit! Please note that to attend any of our winter skills courses you must have basic summer walking skills, basic hill fitness and be able to carry a full day pack. Technical winter equipment such as Ice Axes, Crampons and Winter Boots can be hired from us.
ONE DAY WINTER SKILLS COURSES
Do you find yourself looking up at the snow covered peaks wondering whether you'd enjoy being up there? Wonder whether you'd be capable, or what it'd take to be up there safely? Our one day winter skills courses are an ideal taster of winter walking and will give you a perfect glimpse into what winter mountaineering is all about. These one day courses are also suited well to those looking to refresh their skills. The course would last in the region of 6-7 hours and we'd look to cover:
Winter Kit - What you need and why you need it.
Using Ice Axe and Crampons
An Introduction into Avalanche Awareness.
TWO DAY WINTER SKILLS COURSES
Two days of training and instruction provides the opportunity for you to really get to grips with the skills. As there is so much to take in this is our most recommended course. We would cover the items listed in the above course in more depth, as well as have the opportunity to look at:
Planning a winter walk
Emergency Bivouac procedures
By the end of the two day course you should have the confidence to be planning your very own safe winter walking adventures. These courses can be run in the Lake District and Scotland (Cairngorms & Western Highlands).
FOUR DAY WINTER SKILLS COURSES
If you're wanting to get your winter skills totally dialled and have some great adventures at the same time, then our Scottish based four day winter skills course is ideal. Four days provides the opportunity for you to get the required instruction and then have plenty of time to consolidate. By the end of the course you will take the reigns and plan your very own winter walk, but you'll have the instructor by your side to ensure all goes well.
The four day course covers all the items listed on the above two courses. Expect to spend 6-7 hours a day on the hill, so a reasonable level of fitness is required as this course will be tiring.
The course is based in Scotland as not only are conditions more reliable but Scottish winter really is the best test of your skills, as well as physcial and mental strength.
WINTER SUMMIT EXPERIENCES
If you enjoy getting a good walk during the summer, and feel a winter summit or two would make all your Facebook friends jelous then why not let Lakeland Mountain Guides lead the way? From tackling popular peaks such as Scafell Pike or Helvellyn, to some of the UK's highest such as Ben Nevis or Cairngorm.
Along the way your fully qualified winter mountain leader will teach you some winter skills such as how to best use a walking axe and crampons, as well as provide an insight into the local area. Ideally all participants will be competent summer hillwalkers looking to venture into the world of winter walking, or those with winter walking experience looking for guided days. The physical demands of winter walking are far higher than that of summer walking which is why we cannot serve big winter hill days to novices. In any case, please contact us with your requirements, no matter how big or small and we can start creating your epic winter adventure.
Winter walking days start at £150 for the day and each leader will take no more than 6 people at a time.
WINTER SPECIFIC NAVIGATION
Ever heard the phrase 'it's like trying to navigate around inside a ping-pong ball'? - Anyone who has been caught in a whiteout whilst out winter walking will know exactly what this refers to!
Whilst out in summer, any navigational error may lead to a tricky descent or an extra few miles, but a poor decision in winter can quickly escalate into a serious situation. If you have a good understanding of navigation using a map and compass and venture out into the hills in winter, but want to gain a greater understanding of navigating when it all gets tricky then this is the course for you. This course aims to cover Navigational Tactics, improvement on Pacing and Timing, Accurate execution of compass bearings and Relocation Tactics.
This course is both physically and mentally demanding, so only those with a basic concept of navigation already and reasonable hill fitness should attend. Should winter conditions not be available for our chosen date we can seek alternative options such as night navigation.