The winter is an amazing time of year in the Lake District. Already challenging peaks take on a new seriousness and rapidly changing conditions. The Lake District is a fantastic location, ideal for learning new winter skills and techniques. Having a solid set of foundation skills enables the mountain walker to venture into the winter environment and make choices and decisions to stay safe.
When conditions are in we can provide guiding. Due to the fickle conditions in the Lake District we like to remain flexible with booking dates and like to remain open to the possibility of re-booking when conditions are favourable or changing location - keep a weekend free and we can always head up to Scotland. We will endeavour to take you to the best locations to suit your needs.
Keep an eye on our blog for winter condition updates…
Winter Hill Skills in the Lake District
If your hill walking experience has been mainly in summer conditions, then this course provides the ideal introduction to winter hill walking. It provides you with the key skills you’ll need. Hill walking in winter is an enjoyable and rewarding activity but it does require special skills to enjoy the hills in safety. You’ll learn how to use ice axe and crampons, including self arrest practice on steep ground, navigate in winter conditions and deal with survival situations.
- Weather report interpretation, route planning and avalanche awareness
- Footwork and step cutting
- Crampon skills on rock and snow
- Self arrest
- Emergency shelters
- Winter navigation
- Practical test on the snow pack
- Ice skills
Winter Mountaineering Skills in the Lake District
A course designed for those with some experience of winter hill walking who wish to develop and consolidate their skills and do more challenging mountaineering routes. In addition to reviewing the correct use of ice axes and crampons and how to arrest a slip or fall we teach you rope skills including how to move safely securing a team on steep ground using ropes and belaying techniques. We also teach you the skills needed to navigate safely in winter conditions, assess mountain hazards e.g. avalanche risk and deal with survival situations.
If you are just keen to tick off some of the Lakes winter classics like Launchy Ghyll or Low Water Beck or try your hands at some hard mixed routes on Bowfell or Great End then this is the course for you. Along with an experienced guide you can see the best the Lakes has to offer.