Winter Navigation Course
These Winter Navigation Courses are primarily one day courses but can easily be extended to cover more advanced skills depending on your aims and wishes.
Winter Navigation Courses
If you want a course primarily based around navigation skills in winter as opposed to traditional winter skills courses, then this is more appropriate to your wishes. Our days as standard start by analysis of the weather, avalanche risk and route planning with you so you get a feel for how to plan a route from scratch. From there we head out to the hills – most likely Cairngorm with its plateau which is perfect for navigation but we are not limited to this by any means. We will simply go where looks best for what we need to cover.
These winter navigation courses will look at the differences between summer and winter navigation. We will cover risk avoidance, bearing usage, pacing, timing and contour analysis via what is happening under your feet as you are walking.
- Those booking on to the Scotland winter skills navigation training courses in Aviemore & the Cairngorms should have prior mountain walking experience.
- A good level of fitness is extremely beneficial.
What to Bring for your Winter Navigation Course
- Boots – we can supply these if you don’t have your own.
- Drinks bottle & lunch.
- Warm Clothes
- Sunglasses, suncream, ski goggles
- Any medication
What we supply:
- Transport from/to Newtonmore or Fort William.
- All Technical Equipment – i.e. Winter conditions will require B2 boots, crampons, walking axes and helmets.
- Maps & Compasses
- Fully qualified instructors.
- Friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are dedicated to making the most of your day. We are not set to time constraints on our days – it is about the clients experience! A standard winter navigational course takes around 6 hours but we are not limited to this.
Accommodation during your winter skills navigation training course in Scotland is available at our lodge, the Cairngorms Adventure Centre. On the whole, the lodge offers self catered accommodation; shared dorms or private rooms. Although, catering can be provided for groups of 10 or more. In addition, there is a drying room, open lounge, large kitchen, free wi-fi plus friendly & helpful staff to make your stay with us enjoyable this Winter. In Fact, it is located smack bang in the Cairngorms national park, nearly in the centre of Scotland itself. In addition, it is just a 15 minute drive from Aviemore.
Note – By their very nature journeys in remote or mountainous country can be affected by weather and other environmental factors. Your guide/s may have to alter the itinerary to ensure group safety.
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