Introduction to Scottish Winter Skills

Mountain Inspired. Women's mountaineering hub
Mountain Inspired. Women's mountaineering hub

The all female Mountain Inspired course, Introduction to Scottish Winter Skills is designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the UK's mountains in winter conditions competently and confidently. You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one female mountaineering instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone's experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking;
Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking, self-belay, cutting steps, and self-arrest;
Use of crampons in ascent/descent;
Emergency procedures;
Avalanche awareness and safe route choice;
Core techniques of winter navigation.

Evening sessions may include a winter navigation talk and avalanche awareness talk. The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Previous Experience

To get the most out of the course we recommend that you have summer hill walking experience and have a level of fitness that will allow you to undertake two consecutive days on the hill. Winter hill walking is arduous so a good level of fitness will allow you to cope with what at times can be harsh and physically demanding conditions.

Book your course place

Dates coming soon: Please contact us for more information