Essentially, winter skills courses for beginners. This course assumes you have some trekking or summer hillwalking experience and begins with the absolute winter basics. Before getting on the hill we will have checked equipment and picked up any last minute supplies ( perhaps the night before, although there should also be time for this in the morning ). Once we are walking, it won’t be long until we are looking at the foundations of good footwork and step cutting with the ice axe. Soon, we will be on slightly steeper slopes learning self belay. We will then work up to learning how to stop a slide using self arrest. We will also build on your good footwork skills by introducing crampons.
If you enjoy being outdoors in the mountains, on foot and learning new skills then definitely! You might even be an off piste skier wanting some basic mountain skills. Learning good ice axe self arrest involves some sliding and tumbling on short, safe slopes (with helmets and expert care, though!). The weather can sometimes be pretty cold and windy, but you will learn how to look after yourself and stay (relatively!) comfortable. Expect to walk around 4 – 6km (2.5 – 4 miles), including snow and ice covered slopes (perhaps more if not Cairngorm).