NEW for SUMMER 2017! Our first UK based courses! Alpine skills and Preparation weekends in the stunning Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. Ideal for enthusiastic hikers and hill walkers who are interested in learning new climbing and scrambling skills and in progressing to trekking and mountaineering trips to the Alps or other mountain ranges. The course would really suit families with 'outdoorsy' teenage children. No previous climbing experience is required.
Over the course of 2 days our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides and Mountain Leaders will pass on a lot of skills and knowledge and ensure you have a fun, informative and safe weekend.
Ideal for private groups of 3 or more people.
Friday 7pm - arrive at the chosen venue. Welcome meeting and briefing with the guides.
Saturday am: Scrambling and general movement skills
Saturday pm: Roping up and moving together
Saturday evening: session on altitude, fitness, training, kit
Sunday am / pm: full day tour - hiking / scrambling / climbing involving route navigation / decision making
Sunday 4pm: Course review / Q&A / debrief. Departure
Course & Accommodation Price - £375 per person
Price includes 2 days guide fees and expenses plus 2 nights B&B accommodation (twin-share)
Course-only Price - £275 per person.
This list contains our recommended clothing and equipment for our UK based Alpine Training Weekends. It is ideal if you can have 2-3 thin layers that you are able to put on/take off as the conditions change. Thin layers also allow better movement as opposed to one layer of bulky clothing. If you are uncertain or need further information, please contact us.
For these trips you need a B2 rated boot.
B2 boots are the best option for most alpine mountaineering trips. These are semi-rigid boots available in either leather or plastic/composite options. Leather boots tend to be more comfortable and breathable whereas plastic/composite boots are warmer and more waterproof. They are compatible with C1 and C2 crampons.
Key features of a good alpine mountaineering boot include vibram soles, a reversed leather upper (which protect the best side of the leather from scuffing and abrasion and improves durability and water resistance) and ankle flex and a higher cut which give control, mobility and support.
Boots can be hired but to avoid discomfort it is strongly recommended that you have your own pair which need to be worn-in.
These items are essential for all alpine mountaineering courses. All items can be hired from Mountain Tracks or from sports shops in the Alps. These items cost about £35-£45 each for 6-8 days hire payable in local currency in resort.
The Cairngorms are a high mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland, they form part of the Grampian Mountain Range. The mountain of the same name, Cairn Gorm is 1309m above sea level and is also one of the great National Parks in the British Isles.
The mountains in the this area provide an excellent training ground for alpine climbing adventures, with a great remote fell, plenty of scrambling and climbing available at many different grades; its ideal for alpine preparation and an adventurous weekend away.
2 nights B&B in a local hotel / guest-house on Friday night and Saturday night are included.
I have no previous mountaineering experience but I am keen to learn the basics of using crampons and an ice axe and rope work. I would enjoy ascending rocky scrambles and easy angled snow and ice. I am a regular hill walker summer and winter and used to long days out, I am happy to walk for 6-8hrs per day carrying all my gear in my rucksack. For Via Ferrata trips a head for heights and some upper body strength is useful.
I have undertaken some previous rocky scrambling and short rock climbs, ice or easy alpine climbing. I am comfortable moving on rocky and snowy ridges and slopes of up to 40 degrees. I enjoy the challenge of more remote technical terrain. I would like to learn more about alpine rope work. I can improve my crampon / ice axe technique and could scramble on rock with greater efficiency.
I have previous experience climbing alpine PD+ or harder. I am undeterred by scrambling and have done some pitched climbing on rock or ice. I have a firm grasp of the rope techniques necessary for pitched climbing and crossing glaciers. I am confident when using crampons and ice axe. I relish the thought of climbing steep rock and ice or traversing an exposed ridge covered in snow and ice. I can abseil, know how to use a prussic knot and make myself safe on basic belay stances.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
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Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
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