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Scotland Winter Skills

Join our winter skills trip in the beautiful Cairngorms of Scotland, providing practical learning and the necessary skills required for mountain exploring whether that's in the UK or further afield. If you are new to winter mountaineering, or just need to dust off the cobwebs, this practical trip will cover everything you need to know in order to stay as safe as possible in the mountains, whilst having an awesome time exploring and taking in new experiences.

Winter 2023 dates now available to book.

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    Duration

    3 days

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    Start Location

    Cairngorms, Scotland

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    Date(s)

    January - February

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    Price

    From €700.00

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The Cairngorms, Scotland

This course is based in the Cairngorms National Park of Scotland. The teaching will happen both in the warmth of the accommodation and while on the journey through each day in the outdoors. We will stay in accommodation with all food included (breakfast, lunch and dinner). If we decide to go out to a local pub for dinner instead, this would be an additional expense.

On this trip you will learn about the following: General safety (pre-trip planning, in-trip planning and risk mitigating) / Weather awareness / Avalanche awareness & risk assessment for route planning / Winter navigation / Safe use of crampons and ice axe / Movement techniques on snow and ice / Ice axe arrest (the use of you ice axe if you were to fall and slide down a slope).

This trip is perfect preparation if you're interested in our alpine trips, such as Mont Blanc.

Mont Blanc Trip

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Introduction

We will journey to remote areas in order to practice winter skills and to truly explore the Mountain Wilderness. You don't need to have any prior experience of remote hiking and the small group size will enable us to give you our full attention throughout the weekend, ensuring your safety and enjoyment is our number one priority.

Make sure you come with a good level of fitness as you will spend most of the time outdoors on your feet, moving through the mountains.

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    3 days

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    Start Location

    Cairngorms, Scotland

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    Date(s)

    January - February

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    Guide Ratio

    8:1

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    From €700.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.

Kit & equipment required for this adventure

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.

For the full downloadable kit list please click here.

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YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE

We always go through the plan for the trip as well as the current weather and mountain conditions. You will get the opportunity to meet your guides and you can ask any questions and go through your kit.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 3-nights accommodation
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 3-days instruction, guidance and guided hiking
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  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Pick up and drop off at Inverness Airport

What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

january 2023
2 Dates
Depart

Thu 26 Jan, 2023

Return

Sun 29 Jan, 2023

Availability

Full

Depart

Mon 30 Jan, 2023

Return

Thu 02 Feb, 2023

Availability

8 spots available

february 2023
2 Dates
Depart

Thu 02 Feb, 2023

Return

Sun 05 Feb, 2023

Availability

3 spots available

Depart

Thu 09 Feb, 2023

Return

Sun 12 Feb, 2023

Availability

8 spots available

march 2023
2 Dates
Depart

Mon 06 Mar, 2023

Return

Thu 09 Mar, 2023

Availability

8 spots available

Depart

Thu 09 Mar, 2023

Return

Sun 12 Mar, 2023

Availability

7 spots available

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Adventure: Scotland Winter Skills


What to expect from your accommodation

We will stay in comfortable accommodation with food included (breakfast, lunch and dinner). If we decide to go out to a local pub for dinner instead, this would be an additional expense.

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Our Cottage Base

After each day of adventure we will return to our comfortable Cottage for a cosy night, a warm shower and a tasty dinner. We'll be located on the North-west side of the Cairngorms near Aviemore. The accommodation is on a twin share basis with single supplements available on request in advance. We will provide a basic breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Cottage, but if we decide to go out to a local pub for dinner instead, this would be at your own expense.

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    Duration

    3 nights

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    Twin rooms

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    Food

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Mountains

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Adventure Itinerary

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required. However, you can plan and train for the following: Distance: 10-15km per day / Elevation: 800-1,200m per day / Time: 6-8hrs per day / Possible Peaks: Lochnagar / Ben Avon / Cairn Gorm / Ben Rinnes.

  • Day 1:
    Leave work - travel to Scotland

    You will be met at Inverness Airport/Train Station at around 7-8pm (depending on your group members’ arrival time) and driven to the accommodation for a night’s rest before the fun begins. We will communicate the exact pick up time 1 week before the trip starts.

  • Day 2:
    Let's get to it!

    Awaking in the morning, we will have breakfast, discuss the plans for the day including a safety briefing and kit check, then pack our bags and head out for the day; hiking to the snow/ice line for an introduction to the winter environment, an introduction/revision of ice axe/crampon skills and the style of mountaineering required for a winter ascent.

    We will then head back to the accommodation for a shower before heading out to a local pub for some hearty food and drinks while discussing other things for consideration when approaching the mountains in a winter environment (e.g. weather forecasting, route planning and risk mitigation)

    Distance: 10-15km / Elevation: 800-1,200 / Time: 6-8hrs

  • Day 3:
    Summit a local peak

    We will arise early to give us as much time on the mountain as possible. After breakfast we will have another trip briefing and safety discussion before heading out to ascend the summit of a local mountain (The specific route we take will depend on group ability and ground/weather conditions). Today we will focus on walking as a team and emergency procedures to deal with potential accidents (e.g. crevasse fall)

    We will return to the accommodation with the option of heading out to a local pub for dinner.

    Distance: 10-15km / Elevation: 800-1,200 / Time: 6-8hrs / Possible Peaks: Lochnagar, Ben Avon, Cairn Gorm, Ben Rinnes

  • Day 4:
    All your new skills put to the test

    We will arise early to give us as much time on the mountain as possible. After breakfast we will have another trip briefing and safety discussion before packing the car and heading out to ascend the summit of a local mountain (The specific route we take will depend on group ability and ground/weather conditions). Today we will review everything we learnt on the first two days as we journey to the summit of a local peak.

    At the end of the day, you will be driven back to Inverness Airport/train station for your return journey home (expect to arrive in Inverness no earlier than 5pm)

    Distance: 10-15km / Elevation: 800-1,200 / Time: 6-8hrs / Possible Peaks: Lochnagar, Ben Avon, Cairn Gorm, Ben Rinnes

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Stuart

UK Guide

Stuart has over 20 years of experience in the UK and further afield. Stuart's exceptional knowledge of the UK outdoor adventure scene is unrivalled and his attention to detail on each trip makes all of our UK adventures feel special. Stuart's energy is contagious and his passion for adventure is always firing at 100%! And there's nothing he likes more than a nice cold beer at the end of the day.

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Ben

Mountain Leader

Ben is a fully qualified British UIMLA International Mountain Leader with Swiss and French equivalence and he is also a fully-qualified Swiss Brevet Fédéral Ski Instructor and an ISIA card holder and an accomplished outdoor educator and a qualified Outdoor Education and Geography teacher. He has been based in the Alps for a long time and has extensive knowledge on a whole variety of treks and adventures. Ben brings a whole bunch of experience to our guiding team, having worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance trek with our community.

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Scotland Winter Skills trip is rated Level A, for beginners and newcomers We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure.
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Usually less then a week in distance
  • No technical skills required
  • Basic level of fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing.
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments
  • Moderate fitness
  • Some basic skills

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You have a fair amount of experience climbing, hiking or skiing more technical terrain.
  • You’re comfortable on sustained adventures and you call yourself a ‘hardened’ adventurer.
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it there' attitude.
  • Fit & Strong

Level D

For the pros

  • Ready to test those learnt skills on the next challenge
  • Comfortable in most types of environments
  • Very fit
  • Some level of technical skills

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on more adventures than you've had hot dinners and you've built up a crafty skill set to tackle most challenges out there.
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Good experience
  • Very fit

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