Winter Skills and Ben Nevis Ascent
Winter skills course and Ben Nevis ascent based in Fort William, Scotland over 2 days. The 1st day focusing upon winter skills: building your confidence and knowledge, the 2nd day putting it into practice with a summit of Ben Nevis.
Dates to suit you, please enquire, kit hire available.
Terrain: mountain path
Average duration: 6-8 hours.
Start/finish – Ben Nevis Inn, Glen Nevis
Experience of mountain walking in summer conditions. No experience of winter walking needed, but having the ability to look after oneself whilst on the mountain.
2021 Open Group dates
We offer open groups for our Ben Nevis and Winter Skills combo.
What we offer
All our guides are local to the Fort William area and have many years’ experience in Scotlands' mountains, helping people navigate through the Scottish hills and up Ben Nevis in winter.
Crampons and ice axe included in the price and we can organise winter boot hire which are essential.
We organise private groups and open groups for our winter skills courses and ascending Ben Nevis in winter.
A winter skills course based in Fort William practising the fundamentals of safe winter travel can be invaluable, whether you are just taking your first steps into winter walking or want to get some tips to add to your experience. These 2 days are designed to give you a base of knowledge so that you can start to apply the key principles of travelling safely in the winter mountains, whilst building upon your own experience.
Our skills days are based upon the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ safe winter travel model developed by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service. With the focus being predominantly on gathering correct information in the planning stage of a winter day and adding to that information whilst out on the hill.
We also look at key decision making points throughout the day that can increase your safety as you travel around the hills as well as safe practical route choice.
In addition, if the snow conditions allow we also look at the basic skills of ice axe arrest, having secure footwork and walking in crampons as well as others.
Areas covered on day 1:
Use of the boot for secure footwork
Appropriate use of an ice axe
Using an ice axe in an emergency
Efficient, safe movement with crampons
Safe route choice through the mountains
Identifying snow hazards
Basic winter navigation techniques