Winter Hill Skills

Winter hill skills in the Lake District

Have you ever looked up at the snow covered mountain tops wondering what it would be like up there, or whether you'd be capable, or even what it'd take to be up there safely?

This one day winter skills courses will give you an ideal taster of winter walking and will give you a glimpse into the magical world winter mountaineering is all about. These one day courses are also suited well to those looking to refresh their skills. You will be taken out by an experienced Winter Mountain Leader (or higher award holder) ensuring that you maximise your learning and experience in what can be a very challenging environment.

What is it?

We will have a quick look at Winter Kit - What you need and why you need it. Having checked and handed out all the equipment, we head up one of the fells (location dependant of conditions) and after a practise use our walking Ice Axe and Crampons as and when needed to ensure our safety. We will look to cover; using an ice axe to cut steps, using the boot as a tool, fitting and walking in crampons, using an ice axe to halt a slip.

We can also have a look at the leap from summer navigation to staying located in winter conditions, and touch on the basics of Avalanche Awareness / avoidance.


Typical Itinerary


Meet up at carpark and introductions.


Issue and trial fit of crampons.


Start up the hill (location dependant on conditions). Practise the skills above as suitable.


Back down and home.

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