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 meet up, check equipment and pick up any last minute supplies.
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.
Learning good ice axe self arrest involves some sliding and tumbling on short, safe slopes (with helmets and expert coaching!). The weather can sometimes be pretty cold and windy, but you will learn how to look after yourself and stay safe.
The skills you learn today are essential for winter walking or climbing, or even ski touring, anywhere in the world.