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11th and 12th of Feb 2017; Winter Skills with Mobile Adventure

Are you a regular hillwalker in Summer interested in learning new skills and testing yourself in Winter conditions? Then why not consider one of Mobile Adventure's Winter Skills Courses. Mobile Adventure are based in the Northern Lake District, however we run our Winter courses in the Cairngorms National Park in order to capitalise on Scotland's superior winter conditions. We base ourselves in one of the local bunkhouses with self catering facilities and an excellent log burning stove! From here it is a 30 - 40 minute drive to the Cairngorm ski area where we can gain rapid access to the snowline.

Our Winter Skills Course covers the basic skills necessary to look after yourself safely in Scottish winter conditions. The exact outline of the course will vary depending on the group's experience, but a typical course will cover;

  • Use of ice axe and crampons.
  • Clothing and equipment.
  • Micro Navigation & Route Finding.
  • Avalanche Assessment.
  • Emergency Ropework.
  • Emergency Procedures.
  • Survival Skills.

What are the pre requisites?

The Scottish Winter can be a truly harsh environment and as such you need a reasonable standard of fitness before you book onto one of Mobile Adventure's Winter Skills Courses. We expect individuals on this course to be competent summer hill walkers who wish to improve their navigational skills and learn new techniques applicable to winter conditions. If this course sounds a little too much then why not try one of Mobile Adventure's Navigation Courses where we look at the necessary skills for summer mountaineering in the Lake District.

Equipment and Technical gear

Gearing up for winter can be extremely expensive, and we understand that you may be wary of spending your hard earned savings before trying out one of our courses. In order to help Mobile Adventure can provide technical gear such as crampons, ice axes, snow shovels, etc if you don't already have your own. We do however expect you to have good quality waterproofs, warm base and mid layer clothing, a 30 - 40 litre rucksack and compass.

Boots

Arguably the most important part of a mountaineer's kit you will need good quality winter mountaineering boots which can take an instep crampon. We strongly recommend that you invest in your own boots before the course, but again depending on availability it is possible to borrow a pair from Mobile Adventure. If uncertain as to the suitability of your boots, then please contact us and we will be happy to give you our professional opinion.

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