The mountain surrounding Fort William such as Ben Nevis or the many Munros in Glencoe are a great challenge in winter but they do need a new set of skills. A winter skills course is designed to teach you the basics, so that you can go winter walking on your own, with the confidence to make the right decisions in the Scottish hills. The mountains of Scotland in winter are a beautiful sight and rival many of the worlds greater ranges but they can also be a very unforgiving place if you are not prepared. These courses are meant for those taking their first steps in the winter environment.
Winter skills courses.
An introduction into the skills and equipment used in the Scottish hills in winter. Usually a two day course with day one focusing on learning these new skills and day two applying them to a journey in the hills. Looking at how to use crampons and ice axe, winter navigation and avalanche assessment. A good introduction to winter, or as a recap for those that might want a skills check before they go out on their own after a break.
Avalanche awareness and navigation courses.
Both these skills are often easily overlooked but are just as important as being able to use ice axe and crampons. We can offer instruction in both and just a days refresher at the start of your winter season could give you more confidence to push yourself to go to those 'out of the way' places you have always wanted to.