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Winter Mountain Skills in The Cairngorms

Test your metal in the Scottish winter wonderland, build a snow hole and climb a snow gully!


Price: £360

Duration: Three days, two nights.


Saturday 19 – Monday 21 January 2019;


Saturday 9 – Monday 11 February 2019


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Start Point: Aviemore train station. 9am. The Caledonian Sleeper service is a good travel option from London as it arrives at Aviemore at 7.40am on Saturday and leaves at 21.34pm on Monday.

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The Plan

Learn the skills you need to explore and experience Winter mountain walking in safety and confidence in the wild and beautiful Cairngorm mountains. Skills include walking on snow, use of an Ice Axe and Crampons and how to navigate in Winter conditions so that you can enjoy the freedom of being in the mountains. We will also build and sleep in a snow hole!

Our highly qualified and experienced instructor will deliver the course in a relaxed fashion giving you the skills to walk in the wintery mountains safely and confidently.


The Walking

Three full days of walking and practical navigation in the beautiful Cairngorms. We will cover about 15km each day and bivi out in a snow hole in the mountains on Sunday night. You will carry all your kit with you including sleeping equipment so your pack will weigh about 12kg.


What's included

Navigation skills form the foundation of all journeys into the wild and open the door to the freedom of being in nature.
The skills that will be taught during this course include:


  • Route planning and timing
  • Interpreting contours and aspect of slope.
  • Navigating in poor visibility.
  • Use of the compass
  • Re-orientating yourself if you do get lost
  • Navigating and movement over steep ground
  • Weather and how the weather affects route planning
  • Emergency procedures
  • Possible winter gully climbing

The course structure includes one night in a heated Tipi at Badaguish Outdoor centre in the heart of the Scottish Cairngorms badaguish.org with showers and drying rooms.

The second night will be spent in a snow hole that will be excavated by us. This will require about an hour of digging per person. Get your instagram photos here!

All food is provided from lunch on Saturday through to lunch on Monday. This is mountain food which will be provided by us and prepared by the group. Dinner on Monday evening will be a well deserved meal in a pub. The pub meal is not included in the price.

All camping equipment is provided:

  • Heated Tipi
  • Sleeping bag and Mattress


What to bring and what to wear

  • Winter mountain boots
  • Waterproof Jacket and Pants
  • Warm, quick drying clothing in layers
  • Spare thermals and a hat to sleep in.
  • Balaclava and sunglasses/goggles.
  • Rucksack
  • Head torch
  • Crampons
  • 50cm walkers axe.
  • Water bottle

We have a selection of kit to hire please enquire here.

Course pre-requisites

A good level of fitness level is required and experience of walking and wild camping in the British mountains in Summer time.

You will need to be able to walk at 3km an hour with a loaded pack.
If you need any clarification about this do get in touch



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