winter ML (refresher)

course preview

There have been a number of occasions over the past few winter seasons where folks have needed a refresher for their Winter Mountain Leadership Certificate assessment.

Some folks may also require a refresher or review of previous training undertaken some time ago prior to a Winter ML course. Navigation seems to be the most frequently needed issue which needs to be addressed – mainly through lack of confidence.

A dedicated, intensive session before going on a course or for assessments – whether deferred or not has also been found to be of great value and time well spent. There is the option join one of our pre-dated course at the right level for an intensive generic refresher for say 2 days by prior arrangement

Or arrange a 1:1 session to address your specific training needs on an in depth basis.

Maximum Ratio | 1: 6/4

Number of Days’

2 Day week end or 3-5 Day mid week or 1 day private guiding. The minimum course duration is 2 days. Given the progressive nature of the course we only accept bookings from the first day. We do not accept folks mid way in a course.

Course Summary

Designed for folks wanting an intensive review of the training or assessment needs of the Winter Mountain Leader qualification. Based on our our introduction to winter mountain walking & winter mountaineering  programmes this offers an ideal, cost-effective opportunity for consolidate  the necessary requirements  before investing heavily in training and assessment fees.

 

There is an emphasis on | developing navigational and route finding skills to confidently navigate in poor visibility in more variable weather conditions : the effective use of winter equipment & clothing. : winter skills using ice axe and crampons are taught intensively – without roped climbing, the use of a hill rope for confidence or safety only.

Dates & Prices

Course Title

winter walking certificate (assessment refresher course)

Course Overview

The  course will deal in depth with moving safely through major Scottish Mountains in winter conditions covering  basic winter skills and all the essential knowledge to give a solid skills base to venture into the hills in winter. See our course itinerary & gear list

Previous Experience & Fitness : | Previous experience of  winter  hill walking with basic map & compass work in mountainous country. All partcipants should already have completed at some of the required winter quality mountain days necessary for registration on WML courses – and be working on log book experience.  Winter in the Scottish mountains can be particularly demanding particularly in poor weather – good fitness and personal equipment are essential.

Number of Days’ Instruction Max
Group Size
Cost:
(Course only)
Dates Booking
2 Day weekend 1:6 £130    Dates on application  Enquire
3 Day mid week 1:6 £195  Enquire
5 Day mid week 1:6 £325  Enquire
4 day Pre Christmas, Christmas;  New Year & Easter  1:1 – 1:6 £150/1:1 to
£240/1:4
£300/1:6
 Enquire

What is included

Our winter mountain prices include: – All technical gear is supplied but if you do not have them ice axe, crampons will need to be hired at extra cost from us along with suitable stiff winter boots.

We provide harnesses; helmet; all technical climbing gear such as karabiners; belay plates etc; all survival and safety gear; ropes. Please see our Winter Kit List. Not included in our standard basic prices: -suitable winter boots; ice axe or crampons; map & compass; rucksack; any personal clothing – however most of these items can be provided or hired economically from us on site from our stores. Gondola uplift tickets at Nevis Range are also required for possibly the first one or two days – depending on the weather conditions.

Programme Itinerary

Except for an initial briefing & essential Winter Mountain Safety talk the course will all take place out “on the hill”. Depending on the length of the course we will be working on:-

  • Winter equipment and clothing – choice, selection
  • Winter mountain navigation – pacing and timing; aiming off, trans sections; boxing, doglegs; relocation techniques
  • Route finding techniques in white out / deep snow conditions to minimise energy output.
  • Survival and rescue techniques along with safe choice of routes and planning.
  • Emergency procedures.
  • Digging emergency snow shelters
  • Basic safety and nutritional techniques, which can be applied to a Scottish, winter, a first Alpine walking season or High Mountain Trekking holiday.
  • Recognition of and avoidance of hypothermia
  • Use of ice axe and crampons – ice axe arrests – self arrests without an ice axe.
  • emergency braking; step cutting, kicking steps; fitting crampons; walking in crampons; using crampons for ascent / descent; moving together; glissading. Use of ski poles
  • Safety on steep ground in winter with the use of a hill rope without becoming too involved in technical rope work.
  • Emergency rope work
  • A daily assessment of weather
  • Assessment of snow pack conditions along with avalanche awareness and prediction.
  • Ascent of winter munros & easy ridges.

Times & Meeting

We normally meet at 09.00 hrs at our meeting / lecture room at Snowgoose Mountain Centre. On weekend courses you need to be with us latest by 19.00 hrs on the Friday evening for the briefing / Winter Mountain Safety Talk / fitting of boots & crampons so that we can all maximise a full day on the hill on Saturday. We usually come off the hill by 17.00 hrs. Please plan your travel arrangements around these times.

Location

Depending on the wishes of the group, the prevailing weather conditions & the length of the course the first day at least will normally be spent at Aonach Mor using the gondola up lift to maximise day light hours & snow conditions.