Typical Introduction to Winter Climbing course layout
Each day of our introduction to winter climbing course, we would spend time assessing the weather, snow and avalanche conditions, in order to learn about safe route planning and detecting potential avalanche terrain.
We will briefly look at ice axe and crampon use, movement on snow and ice, navigation and how to keep yourself safe in a winter environment. We will introduce rope work, rock, snow and ice anchors and when to use these. And look at movement on steeper terrain.
We look at consolidating the skills learnt on day one, and putting these into practice on a route. Looking at some steeper terrain, putting some of the rope work skills into practice, and improving our personal movement on steeper terrain. We will also be looking at abseiling using snow anchors.
We will look at consolidating all of the skills learnt, and will try and pass some of the ownership over to you, i.e. choosing a route appropriate to the weather and snow conditions at the time. We will be venturing into Grade III terrain. Hopefully by the end of our introduction to winter climbing course, you will have the confidence to go out by yourself.
The course content and location tends to be dictated to us by the weather, so the introduction to winter climbing course layout can change.