Winter Courses – Aviemore

Our Winter Survival Courses in Scotland run from December to March and take place in the Cairngorm National Park, one of the harshest and beautiful areas in Britain and in the Cairngorms has a rich history when it comes to Survival training and mountaineering having been the training ground for the famous ‘Heroes of Telemark’, as well as others. For those looking to increase their experience at coping in a cold climate our courses are the first step.

You can book your Winter Course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Winter Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in the winter season.

 

 

2 Day Winter Survival Course £180.00

The Overview for the 2 Day Winter Survival Course includes the following:


The prospect of staying out overnight in the shelter you have built yourself brings a serious element to this course, there is also a certain amount of mental stamina needed to complete the course. The emphasis is on staying out of the elements whilst working through PLAN-M. Individual fitness for this course must be of a sufficient level as you will be working hard over the two days. You will be introduced to a number of Survival models and priorities including PLAN – M, Survival pyramid and the rule of 3’s. This will all be done whilst experiencing Scottish Winter conditions which will make everything more challenging than our 2 Day Summer Survival Courses.

 

The Itinerary for the 2 Day Winter Survival Course includes the following:


Principles & Priorities of Survival

PLAN-M

Survival Triangle

Kit & Equipment

Cutting tools and safe handling

Protection
Protection from the elements and further harm:

Shelter

  • Emergency shelters;
  • Thermal A-frames and Lean-to;
  • Bedding and insulation;
  • Integration of fire into the shelter.

Fire-Lighting

  • Ignition methods;
  • Friction Fire;
  • Fuel selection;
  • Wood choices, fire-lays and when to use them;
  • Lighting in winter conditions;
  • Cooking using different parts of the fire.

Location
Attracting Rescue Attract, Hold and Direct

  • Smoke/Fire signal;
  • Torch/Whistle;
  • Beacons/Strobes.

Acquisition
Water

  • Finding water sources;
  • Filtration methods;
  • purifying water.

Food

  • Field dressing game;
  • Wild edibles (seasonal);
  • Trapping and trap building – Strangle – Mangle – Dangle – Tangle’

Navigation

  • Setting map to the ground;
  • Map and compass – Bearings and contour appreciation;
  • Timing and pacing;
  • Natural Navigation methods – Sun, stars and moon.
Date Time Spaces Price Book
22 January 2022 09:30 - 16:00 3 £180.00 Book Now
26 February 2022 09:30 - 16:00 8 £180 Book Now
19 March 2022 09:30 - 16:00 12 £180 Book Now

2 Day Winter Skills Course £210.00

The Overview for the 2 Day Winter Skills Course includes the following:


This 2 Day Winter Skills Course is the perfect course for developing essential skills for winter mountaineering. The course will be ran in the Cairngorms during the day and all participants will stay in a bothy at night. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the confidence to effectively plan their days in the mountains whilst wearing the correct clothing and using the appropriate equipment. The course will also cover various techniques in ice axe use, self arrests and more. For anyone wanting an introduction to winter mountaineering or want to brush up on their skills, this course will provide all with knowledge and experience to give them confidence to develop their winter mountaineering skills.

Due to the prolonged time out in the wilderness, weather factors and the long hours spent learning, a good level of physical fitness and mental stamina is required.

 

The Itinerary for the 2 Day Winter Skills Course includes the following:


  • Emergency Shelters
  • Planning and Preparation; weather forecasts, avalanche forecasts, clothing and equipment
  • Navigation in winter conditions
  • How to move safely through a winter environment
  • Ice Axe and Self Arrest Techniques
  • How to effectively use crampons
  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Understanding the Winter Environment
Date Time Spaces Price Book
22 January 2022 09:30 - 17:00 0 / Full

Please download these resources for your information


3 Day Snowholing Expedition £360.00

The Overview for the 3 Day Snowholing Expedition includes the following:


The three day snowholing expedition is based in the Cairngorms. The expedition aims to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure you can navigate safely in the mountains in winter conditions. The course will also cover various techniques in ice axe use, self arrests, avalanche awareness, the use of transceivers, how to plan effectively for the winter condition and more. Participants will not only learn and develop various skills, they will summit mountains in the Cairngorm region and spend one night in a snowhole.

Due to the prolonged time out in the wilderness, weather factors and the long hours spent learning, a good level of physical fitness and mental stamina is required.

 

The Itinerary for the 3 Day Snowholing Expedition includes the following:


  • Emergency Shelters
  • Planning and Preparation; weather forecasts, avalanche forecasts, clothing and equipment
  • Navigation in winter conditions
  • How to move safely through a winter environment
  • Ice Axe and Self Arrest Techniques
  • How to effectively use crampons
  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Understanding the winter environment
  • One night in a snowhole

The first day of the expedition will cover winter skills and techniques, the next two days will see you above 1100 metres in the Cairngorms.

Date Time Spaces Price Book
25 February 2022 09:30 - 17:00 0 / Full

Please download these resources for your information