1. What is a Winter Skills Course?
A winter skills course is an introduction to walking in snowy and icy conditions. The exact content of the course will depend on snow conditions but we will probably cover the following topics: personal kit, competent movement skills on snow including step kicking, use of an ice axe for step cutting and self arrest, use of crampons in ascent and descent, emergency procedures and shelters, avalanche awareness and navigation.
2. What experience will I need?
You do not need any winter walking experience but some previous summer hill walking experience would be useful.
3. How fit do I need to be?
Full winter conditions can be tough on the body so a good level of fitness to cope with two consecutive days of strenuous physical exercise is important.
4. What dates are available?
All of our winter courses are run on a private basis. If you would like to book a private course for up to six people then please contact us for availability. Private courses are £185/day for one to six people.
5. Where is the course based?
The course will start each day in Glenridding. You will meet Nick in the main car park there. If you are looking for accommodation we recommend that you stay in Glenridding, Penrith or somewhere in between and not in Ambleside. If you stay in Ambleside and there is a lot of snow or it is very icy you may not be able to get over Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding.
6. What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring the following: Wicking base layers, fleece jacket, spare warm layer, trousers (not jeans), waterproof jacket and trousers, warm hat, two pairs of gloves, four-season winter walking boots, gaiters, ski goggles, head torch, food and drink, rucksack (min. 35ltr) and waterproof liner, ice axe and crampons.
7. Can I hire any of the equipment?
We do have some spare pairs of crampons and ice axes that we can lend you but you will need your own boots. It is possible to hire boots from www.expeditionkithire.co.uk. The boots are sent to you by post so it can be done from anywhere in the country.
8. Which boots/crampons/ice axe do you recommend I buy?
Please get in touch with us before you buy any new equipment. We will chat to you about your current experience and future goals and give you some personalised recommendations.
9. What is included in the course?
All instruction and use of helmets. The course does not include transport or accommodation.
10. What time does the course start and finish?
To make the most of the daylight the course will start at 9am and finish at 4pm.
11. How many people will be on the course?
There will be a maximum of six people on the course.
12. How much does the course cost?
£150 per person for the two day course.
13. How do I book?
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org