#WinterSkills Weekend – 2 Day Course

#WinterSkills Weekend – 2 Day Course

£200.00

Designed for anyone who wants to improve their winter skills, knowledge and abilities. Our 2 day courses offer a condensed version of the 5 day syllabus for those unable to commit to Monday – Friday. Suitable for both beginner or intermediate, as long as you are physically fit and have some summer hillwalking experience as a minimum.

You can pay the full balance below, or reserve a place with a £100 deposit and subsequent installments (to pay this way, please email us at dubmoroutdoor@gmail.com to set up a 0% finance payment plan).

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Our courses are very practical with an emphasis on learning through doing. Initially, we focus on introducing and honing core winter skills, before tackling more complex techniques. We go beyond simply teaching you hard skills such as use of ice axe and crampons. We aim to improve your awareness and understanding of the decision-making process involved in the planning and execution of successful winter hill days, in order to give you the skills and confidence to operate independently in the hills in winter. As the course progresses, if weather conditions allow, we will plan longer days to include several classic Scottish Munros. We pride ourselves on offering a professional yet social environment conducive to learning and fun! So whether this is your first foray into the winter environment, or you would like to improve existing skills, this course is ideal for you.

 

Locations so fantastic: we moved here!

We are pleased and excited to announce that we will now be running our *NEW LOOK* winter courses from our home village of Roybridge, Lochaber. Perfectly situated, this Central Highlands location sits smack bang amidst some of Scotland’s premier winter venues: the north face of Ben Nevis is only 15 minutes drive west, and the mighty Creag Meagaidh only 15 mins east. With suitable winter skills venues ALL around, and the popular areas of the Cairngorms and Glencoe each less than an hour away, this allows us the unique opportunity to operate in both the East and West Highlands on any day we choose!

Variety of venues gives you best chance of good conditions

Too wet or warm in the west…? We’ll head east to the Cairngorms for reliable snow cover, deep corries and windswept arctic plateaus!

Too snowy/windy in the Gorms…? We can head to the spikier mountains in the west. We can seek the comparative shelter of Glencoe or mix it up with the big boys on Ben Nevis!

Ease of access

With excellent transport links, and a central location, Roybridge can easily be reached from anywhere in Scotland via road, rail or bus. (Where possible, participants may find having their own transport advantageous.)

 

Choice of accommodation to suit you

 

Roybridge has an excellent array of accommodation providers to suit all tastes and budgets. It is significantly quieter than the busy tourist hotspots of Fort William and Aviemore. There is also a pub for a civilized debrief.

We would recommend staying as close to the actual Roy Bridge as possible, enabling us to take advantage of communal meeting areas for evening lectures and theory sessions on subjects such as navigation, avalanche awareness and weather forecast interpretation. This will also allow easier issuing of Dubh Mor kit if you require. There is a fine selection of Bunkhouses, Bed and Breakfasts, Campsites, Cabins and even a couple of hotels in the village.

 

 

 

 

Forgotten something?

Not a problem: the “outdoor capital of the UK”: Fort William, is less than 20 minutes to the southwest, and Aviemore is under an hour to the east. Both have a variety of outdoor shops that hire and sell kit. There are also small local convenience stores, cafes and restaurants in both Roybridge and the neighbouring Spean Bridge. Closest fuel is Dalwhinnie/Newtonmore in the east or Fort William/Invergarry to the west.

 

Already done some winter walking and looking to progress further? Take a look at our Winter Mountaineering Long Weekend and Winter Mountaineering Week
Ready to tackle harder winter climbs? Look at our Winter Climbing Long Weekend and Winter Climbing Week

 

 2 days guiding and instruction
 Small group sizes
 Detailed instruction in winter skills techniques
 At least 1 big mountain day involving multiple Munros
 Ice axe, crampons, helmet and shovel included in costs
 Introductory and Intermediate ability-friendly

Join us to improve not just your skills, but also your knowledge, confidence and decision-making.

Our qualified, experienced and friendly instructors will teach you everything you need to know…

Everything you need to know...
including:
Equipment and clothing selection and correct usage
Safe and effective use of winter boots, crampons and ice axe in a variety of terrain, weather and snow conditions
Improved personal movement on snow and ice
Arresting a slip
Ascending, descending and traversing safely and effectively
Navigation in the winter environment
Avalanche awareness, interpretation and avoidance
Weather forecasts and interpretation
Hazardous conditions and emergency procedures
Emergency snow shelters
Seasonal variations – understanding where to go and when
Route planning and guidebook interpretation
Decision-making on and off the hill
Sample Itinerary
Day 1:
 Introduction of core winter skills
 Equipment selection and fitting
How to use ice axe and crampons
Self arrest practice on steep ground
Navigation in winter conditions
Survival situations

Day 2
Introduction of more complex intermediate techniques
Increased self-awareness and self-reliance for participants
Plan, interpret and manage a big mountain day
Classic Scottish winter Munros and/or Corbetts