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Advanced Winter Mountaineering 2016

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With a maximum ratio of 2:1, we are able to go onto more technical ground, without climbing steep ice. A good step up from the Winter Mountaineer course, for those with some previous winter walking experience who wish to try something a bit more adventurous!

Advanced rope-work techniques are examined; the focus is on equipping the mountaineer with all the skills to enjoy safely an adventurous winter mountaineering expedition themselves. We cover the 'Winter Mountaineer' subjects - ice-axe arrest; snow evaluation for assessing avalanche risk; movement on steep winter ground using ice-axe & crampons. In addition on this course we attempt gullies & mixed terrain up to Grade 2, using ropes for safety whilst moving together, and belaying using snow & rock anchors, body & friction device belay techniques. Can you remember which side the 'live' rope must be on if you are using a 'buried axe' snow belay?

If conditions allow, a visit to Skye is possible, with some of the best winter mountaineering to be had in Britain. Other objectives might be Lords Gully right hand (II) on An Teallach; Fuselage Gully (II) on Beinn Eighe; or the Traverse of A'Chioch on Beinn Bhan, Applecross - a great mixed climb (II), first done by two relatively unknowns, Joe Brown & Tom Patey in 1968.

Our 'Kitlist' page for suggestions of what to wear & carry for a Winter course

Advanced Winter Mountaineering 2016 - Details
Ratio 2 : 1 Maximum.
Cost 600
With accomm. 850
Duration 5 mountain days.
Arrival Saturday evening meeting/gear check.
Departure Friday morning.
Course includes All transport.
Crampons, Ice-axe, helmet & harness.


 Descending 'The Way Up' on Liathach

Advanced Winter Mountaineering 2013 - Dates
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This course will run according to demand once or twice a month throughout the winter. 
From December 2012 to late March/ early April 2013 depending on conditions.
Contact us for further info. & dates. We can offer weekend courses at short notice, so if conditions look good during the week, give us a 'ring for the weekend!