Winter Skills

Winter skills

My first winter walking experience was with friends in the Lake District in the early 1980s.  We knew nothing of weather, snow, ice, self arrest and were convinced avalanches happened on the big mountains overseas!  We had an ice axe each, but no crampons.  We did not know how to step cut, cut a ledge or even how to carry the axe properly.  

Will Manners Lake District Winter Walking 1983

On a winter skills course expect lots of fun and lots of learning.  We will tackle the basics and put them into practice.  We will aim to include:

  • Planning
  • Weather and avalanches
  • Use of ice axe and crampons
  • What’s in my rucksack? 
  • Winter navigation 
  • Emergencies and evacuation (how to get off / back off)
Winter mountaineering


Whatever your experience, expect to have great days out, learn lots and gain in confidence from a fully qualified Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor.  Let us know what you fancy and we can plan to suit. Winter walking ratios are 1:2 to 1:6. Prices are here.