Walking in the winter mountains is a magical experience. Once the temperatures drop, and the nights grow longer, the mountains of the UK become the preserve of the experienced mountaineer. Paths become iced over, all those features that we rely on for navigation in the summer months can become covered with lovely, pristine snow, and only those with the right equipment and technical know-how venture onto the mountain tops.
Graham Uney Mountaineering offers two-day courses in the Lake District for anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to use an ice axe and crampons for winter walking.
2-DAY WINTER SKILLS – WHAT'S COVERED?
These courses are offered throughout the winter in the Lake District National Park. We meet at 8.30am on the first day for a chat about equipment, then head out into the mountains for the day, finishing at around 7pm after a night navigation exercise. On the second day we start at 8.30am, but finish around 4.00pm.
Among the skills you will learn on this course, we focus on:
using an ice axe to cut steps;
using an ice axe to self arrest (stop a slide)
fitting and walking in crampons
… As well as having a chance to climb some of the Lake District's finest mountains!
The two-day Winter Skills course costs £160 per person (maximum six people per course).
2017 Course dates
Subject to snow conditions, two-day courses are taking place on the following dates: 14–15 January 2017Sorry, this course is now fully booked! 30-31 January 2017Sorry, this course is now fully booked! 13–14 February 2017Sorry, this course is now fully booked!
11–12 March 2017 Sorry, this course is now fully booked!
You will need full waterproofs (including overtrousers and gaitors), warm layers, woolly hat and gloves, ski goggles, a rucksack, and winter walking boots (must be rated B1 or B2 to take crampons). You will also need an ice axe and crampons – we have a small stock for hire at £20 for an ice axe and £20 for a pair of crampons per course; please let us know when booking if you need to hire these.
Booking is essential on all our courses. Contact us byemail, through ourcontact formorcall now on 01931 713351
For all our Winter Skills courses, your lead instructor each day will be Graham Uney. Graham is the Fell Top Assessor on Helvellyn for Lake District Weatherline
, so he knows the winter conditions out on the fells as well as anyone, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.