Winter Skills

Winter skills

My first winter walking experience was with friends in the Lake District in the early 1980s.  We knew little about weather, snow and ice conditions, self arrest and were somewhat ignorant about avalanches!  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.   Many folks take to the hills, perhaps not as ill prepared as we were then, but somewhat ‘under-gunned’.  There is a choice; enjoy a winter skills course where you will develop and practice essential skills.

Will Manners Lake District Winter Walking 1983
Steep learning curve in 1983!
  • Planning and route selection
  • Weather and avalanches
  • Use of ice axe and crampons
  • Self arrest
  • What’s in my rucksack? 
  • Winter navigation 
  • Emergencies and evacuation (how to get off / back off)



Ideally you will have some summer walking experience and may have enjoyed some winter walks.  After a winter skills course you will have developed some essential skills and judgement and gained the confidence to take bigger steps.  Whatever your experience and whatever the weather, 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.

Winter mountaineering
Stob Ban, Mamores