Typical Winter Mountaineering course layout
Each day of our winter mountaineering 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 used in mountaineering and how to build anchors and when to use them.
We look at consolidating the skills learnt on day one, and we go on a journey. Looking at some steeper terrain, putting some of the rope work skills into practice, and improving our personal movement on steeper terrain.
We will look at consolidating all of the skills learnt, and will try and pass some of the ownership over to you, i.e. route planning. And will hopefully be venturing into Grade II terrain. Hopefully by the end of our winter mountaineering 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 winter mountaineering course layout can change.