Avalanche and Transceiver


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For the backcountry rider, winter walker or climber who gets avalanched, statistics prove that it’s their companions who are their best bet for a successful rescue. Get acquainted with the avalanche transceiver and the methods needed to recover a buried victim quickly and effectively.

Getting into winter mountain travel is exciting, but can be a little daunting. Learn how to interpret winter weather and avalanche forecasts and then plan and execute safer journeys. Whether you’re a walker, climber, skier or boarder, this one day course, set in the context of a short mountain journey, will give you the basics of snowpack assessment, route planning and decision making in avalanche terrain.

Topics covered include:

  • Snowpack and terrain
  • Interpreting weather forecasts
  • Applying the weather forecast
  • Route planning
  • Decision making in avalanche terrain
  • Basic snowpack stability tests
  • Transceiver, shovel and probe design
  • Basic avalanche search and rescue

Where possible, this course will include a short indoor element. Information handouts will also be available.
This course will usually be delivered on foot. Using skis/board may be possible (and is recommended for riders) , but please get in touch to confirm.

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Private (up to 4 people)


Full day (up to 8 hours)



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The map below shows an overview of the region visited on this trip. Precise locations and routes used will be decided on the day, depending on weather, terrain, interests, etc. Click and drag to explore, refresh the page to re-centre.

Northern Cairngorms, Monadhliath and Drumochter

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Cairngorm Ski Area: 57.133965, -3.670721
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Cairngorm Ski Area


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