Chris Pretty Rock Climbing/Mountaineering Instructor

Rock Climbing/Mountaineering Instructor
and International Mountain Leader

Winter Skills Course climbing Cairngorm Mountain.
Winter Skills Course climbing Cairngorm Mountain.
Winter Skills course in the Cairngorms learning to use ice axe and crampons.
Winter Skills course in the Cairngorms learning to use ice axe and crampons.
Winter Skills course having just dug a snow cave on the Cairngorm plateau.
Winter Skills course having just dug a snow cave on the Cairngorm plateau.

I am a member of the Union of International Mountain Leader AssociationsWinter Skills

This course will teach you all the skills you require to move around in the winter environment. You will learn what to carry, how to read the forecasts, prepare a route safely, use of ice axe and crampons, how to arrest a fall, winter navigation basics, building a shelter, safe travel tips and much more.

The days will run from 9am in the morning to 4.15pm when we will be off the mountains and heading for the tea and cake shop for a debrief and brief for the next day. The days are not physically taxing but are a test nonetheless and you should be prepared for the winter conditions on a daily basis. We will walk slowly and try not to sweat as this can be dangerous and thoroughly uncomfortable when we stop for breaks.

A full briefing sheet will be sent on enquiry.

Accommodation is best at Glenmore Lodge.

Cost £130 per person
Maximum 6 people
Minimum 4 people
Duration 2 days
Previous experience Summer walking in the Lakes, Wales or Scotland. We will do the course in the Cairngorms on the plateau which resembles Norway. General hill fitness is needed only.
Dates The dates are not set so please just e-mail me and we can discuss and agree the date you particularly want. It's nice and easy really.
Gear to bring Waterproof clothing, rucksack, helmet, ice axe, crampons, warm clothes, gloves, Ski GOGGLES and much more, but this will be sent to you on a kit list
Not included Travel to the crags, accommodation, food.
Included Insurance, Ice Axes, helmets etc
Venues Cairngorms, based around Aviemore