Women's Winter Skills Week - Aviemore - 9th - 14th March - Hostel included

A magnificent week of Winter Skills, walking, socialising and meeting other women who enjoy the Winter too! There will be 5 days out in the Cairngorms, as well as 5 nights of relaxing and socialising. Accommodation is included.

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Women's Winter Skills Week - Aviemore - 9th - 14th March - Hostel included

Time & Location

09 Mar, 18:00 GMT – 14 Mar, 18:00 GMT

Aviemore, 25 Grampian Rd, Aviemore PH22 1PR, UK

About the Event

On this 5 Day course you will learn all the core skills required to stay safe in Scottish Winter. You will finish the course confident with kit selection, personal movement, route planning and preparation, winter navigation, the use of axes and crampons to keep your self safe as well as how to be independent and competent in our winter mountains.  No winter experience is needed! 

This week has been designed to give Women a chance to come out for a week of Winter Skills in an inclusive and relaxing environment, where the main focus is to get out and learn the skills we need to stay safe in Scottish Winter, but also do this in a manner that is not intimidating or pressurising. With accommodation included, all you need to do is tip up and bring yourself. 

The course is based from Aviemore Youth Hostel, Cairngorm National Park

We will all meet on Wednesday 9th March at the Youth Hostel. Check in is from 5pm and we will meet in the Lounge area at 8pm for an Introduction to the week so we can all meet eachother. If you think you won't be able to make this, don't worry too much as we will give you a catch up in the morning too!

10th - 14th March - Winter Skills Course

 You will checkout on the 14th March before our final hill day (this will be a shorter day to allow travel). It will also be possible to check out and leave on the Sunday evening if you need to get home for Monday

On each day, we will meet at the Hostel at 9am and head out for a day in  the hills. We will finish each day around 5pm.  There will be an optional rest/easier day on the Wednesday. On the final day, we will finish a little earlier to allow for journeys home etc. You will have plenty of time over the week to gain and practise all the skills needed to keep yourself safe in Scottish winter. 

The course will cover/include:

- 5 nights accommodation at the Aviemore Youth Hostel! (5pm 30th Jan Checkin- 4th Feb AM checkout)

- 5 days out in the magnificent hills around Glencoe - including shorter skills day and longer  mountain journeys

- Hire of Crampon, Ice Axe and helmet (booked at registration)

- Personal kit selection and appropriate use of kit

- Route planning and preperation

- Avalanche and snowpack Awareness

- Winter navigation skills

- Use of an ice axe for personal movement including cutting steps, self arrest and self belay.

- Use of crampons in ascent/decent, including kicking steps.

- Emergency Procedures in the hills

This course will not include:

- Food for the week - The hostel is Self Catering, though you can add breakfast to your booking at the hostel when you arrive (~£4/day) and we will walk into town (<5 min walk) to eat dinner together on a few evenings (this is optional). There are plenty of food shops and eateries within walking distance of the hostel. Not including food makes it easier for those with special dietry requirements or preferences to make sure they get what is good for them. 

- Transport - Though I can help with this if you are coming by train :) Get in touch if you are coming by train!

Kit List

Essential kit for you to have:

- Waterproof Jacket (WITH hood)

- Waterproof Trousers

- Thermals

- Walking trousers

- 3 x warm socks for inside your boots (Wool are good and warm)

- 2 x Insulated jacket/coat

- 2/3 x Fleece layer/jumper

- Mountain Boots (B2/B3, stiff bottommed boots - these can be hired at an additional cost of £30. Please ask me if you are unsure if your boots are crampon compatbable)

- Medium size rucksack(~40 litre) (with waterproof liner, or dry bags)

- 2 x Hat 

- 2 x Gloves (Mixture of thin, thick and at least 1 waterproof pair. Mittens are also great)

- Sunglasses 

- Goggles

- Buff or Balaclava

- Knee length gaiters (they keep the snow out of your boots!)

- Head torch and spare batteries

- Food and Drink for the day

- Thermos flask is recommended so that you can have a hot drink!

- Personal Medication and First Aid Kit

- Foil survival bag

- Emergency Whistle

- Waterproof map of the area (Or non-waterproof map in waterproof cover) I will let you know which map nearer the time.

- Compass (Silva Expedition Type 4 is recommended)

- Walking pole(s) - not essential but useful

- Snowshovel - not essential but useful

Essential kit that can be hired (bring your own if you have them!)

  • Crampons (12 point, with anti-balling plate)
  • Ice Axe – 50 – 65cm, straight walking axe                                These 3 peices of kit can be booked at checkout!
  • Helmet (Suitable for Climbing/Mountaineering)

Recommended Kit for the evenings etc

  • Comfy clothes
  • Spare footwear for walking into town/around the hostel

Get in touch if you would like more details.This is one of my favourite courses of the year, I'm already looking forward to it!

I also run 2 DAY WINTER SKILLS courses in Scotland during the winter. 

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