Winter Skills Course

 

Winter Skills
Course

Price GBP 90-250

Wales / Scotland / 1-2 Days
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Learning all the skills to function in British winter mountain conditions, dealing with the risk of avalanche, snow camping, intro level ice and high mountain climbing, navigation and survival skills.

While Fitways will happily be your companion in the hills for the rest of your climbing days, we’re passionate about teaching people how to be self-sufficient in the mountains. Ultimately we want you to be able to enjoy the UKs mountainous regions on your own terms. The British mountains are often underestimated, for example Snowdon may seem a breeze when the sun’s shining in midsummer, but midwinter becomes as challenging as anywhere on earth.

This weekend would be an excellent way to prepare for more challenging trips in the Himalayas, achieving independence by improving winter skills, or paving the way to becoming a fully-fledged mountaineer.

Testimonials:
“Within a few hours of my very first time in crampons and using an ice-axe, I felt confident and competent in moving around on snow and ice. This was down to Nick’s clear instructions and positive encouragement and it enabled me to have an amazing experience in the Cairngorms.”

Overview

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Grade: Moderate

Max Group Size: 7 People

Private trips: For groups of 4 or more we are able to run private events on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements in detail.

Only have 1 free day?: No problem, providing we have spaces, you’re most welcome to join us for just the one day.

Experience required: Some summer hill walking experience required

Included

Included in our 2 day Winter Skills package

  • Pick-up en route between Maidenhead and the event location
  • A friendly welcome
  • Safety Briefing
  • Fully qualified Winter Mountain Leader
  • Safety equipment – carried by your qualified winter mountain leader
  • Packed lunch
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Introduction to Crampons and Ice axe
  • Introduction to Winter Navigation
  • Avalanche Awareness and safe Route Planning
  • Mountain Weather
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain walking/day
  • B&B on Saturday night – twin room (£20 single room supplement)
  • Drop off after the event en route between the course location and Maidenhead

Not Included

  • Evening Dinner

Included in our 1 day Winter Skills package

  • A friendly welcome
  • Safety Briefing
  • Fully qualified Winter Mountain Leader
  • Safety equipment – carried by your qualified winter mountain leader
  • Packed lunch
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Introduction to Crampons and Ice axe
  • Introduction to Winter Navigation
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route planning
  • Mountain weather and forecasts
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain training/day

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Available Spaces
18 January, 2018 - 21 January, 20180
4 days in Scotland£4000
3 February, 2018 - 4 February, 20180
2 days in Snowdonia£2007
1 day option£907
17 February, 2018 - 18 February, 20187
2 days in Snowdonia£2007
1 day option£907
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Note – There needs to be a minimum of 5 people booked for this trip to run

Experience Required

Some summer hill walking experience required

Private Trips

For groups of 4 or more we are able to run private events on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements in detail.

Would love to come along, but only have 1 free day?

No problem, providing we have spaces, you’re most welcome to join us for just the one day.

Travel

Travel & Logistics

For The 1 Day Event

Unless previously agreed the single day events don’t include transport. We’ll communicate details of the start location (which will include parking) prior to the course start date.

For The 2 Day Event

For 2 day events, our package includes transport.  We would be delighted to pick you up in our comfortable vehicle en route between maidenhead and the event location.  We encourage you to take advantage of this service – both from a cost and environmental perspective.  Alternatively, you can meet your Mountain Leader at the start of the event – full details (with directions & parking information) will be communicated in advance of the event.

Travel to the Brecon Beacons

Depart Maidenhead:  6.00am
Arrive Brecon Beacons:  9.30am

The Route we will be taking:

M4 Maidenhead to Cardiff (Junction 8 – 32)
A470 Cardiff to Brecon

Locations to consider

  • Reading Services  (M4, Junction 11-12)  RG30 3UQ
  • Membury Services  (M4, Junction 14-15)  RG17 7TZ
  • Chieveley Services  (M4, Junction 13)  RG189XX
  • Magor Services  (M4, Junction 23A)  NP26 3YL

Note:  If you would like us to collect you from an alternative location, please contact us to discuss options.

Travel to Snowdonia

Depart Maidenhead:  5.30am
Arrival Snowdonia:  9.30am

The Route we will be taking

M40 High Wycombe to M42 (Junction 4-15)
M42 Junction (Junction 4 to 6)
M6 Junction (Junction 4 to 10)
M54 (Junction 1 to 7)
A5 Shrewsbury to Betws y coed

Suggested locations

  • M40 Oxford Services  (Junction 8A)  (OX33 1JN)
  • M40 Cherwell Valley Services  (Junction 10)  (OX27 7RD)
  • M40 Warwick Services Northbound  (Junction 12-13)  (CV35 0AA)
  • M6 Hilton Park Services  (Junction 10A-11)  (WV11 2AT)
  • M54 Telford Services  (Junction 4)  (TF11 8TG)

Note:  If you would like us to collect you from an alternative location, please contact us to discuss options.

Extra Info

Equipment List

  • Map (Available from Fitways but a good idea to bring your own)
  • Compass (Fitways can provide)
  • Warm Gloves – 3 pairs including liner gloves
  • 2 x Warm Hat (covering ears)
  • Spare socks
  • Balaclava
  • Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Backpack (35 – 40 Litres) Do ensure your equipment is in a waterproof bag
  • Mobile phone (in waterproof case)
  • Blister plasters (suggest Compeed)
  • Personal First Aid kit (Your leader will carry a Master First Aid kit)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles (Ski goggles are ideal)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Spare warm fleece
  • Optional: GPS (Fitways can provide)
  • Overnight bag including a change of clothes for the evening
  • Water Bottle (1-2 Litres)
  • Flask
  • Crampons (Fitways can provide)
  • Walking poles (Fitways can provide)
  • Ice Axe (Fitways can provide)
  • Gaiters

Equipment to be worn on the hill

  • Walking boots (Sturdy – B1 Rated or higher)
  • Warm socks
  • Walking trousers (medium or heavy weight) – no jeans
  • Base Layer (long-sleeved top – not cotton)
  • Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
  • Windproof outer layer (ideally soft shell)

Maps the cover Snowdonia National Park

OS 1:50K Landranger Series 115 (Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa)

Maps that cover the Lake District

OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL4 The Lake District NW area
OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL6 The Lake District SW area
OS 1:25k Explorer Series OL5 The Lake District NE area
OS 1:25K Explorer Series OL7 The Lake District SE area

Maps that cover the Brecon Beacons

OS 1:50k Landranger Series 160 Brecon Beacons / Bannau Brycheiniog

What’s next

If you’d like something a little more challenging yet still in a winter environment, then you could sign up to one of our fully organised mountain challenges such as the Winter 3 Peaks.

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