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Avalanche Avoidance

From: £100.00 per day, per person

Every year people get caught out by avalanches. This avalanche avoidance course is designed to give you the knowledge to make sensible decisions and to understand the risks while you are travelling in the Scottish mountains. Based near Fort William we’ll have a variety of terrain to choose from and snow conditions to look at.

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Description

 

Every year experienced and inexperienced people alike get caught out by avalanches. This avalanche avoidance course is designed to give you the knowledge to make sensible decisions and to understand the risks while you are travelling in the Scottish mountains.

Avalanches are complex and not fully understood. This course will cover the basics in a practical manner. An example course itinerary includes:

  • 8:30 – Meet, discuss equipment for the day
  • 9:00 – 11:00; discussion on planning the day, a look at theory behind avalanche conditions, type of avalanche and where they occur. We will look at available forecasts and what to expect.
  • 11:00 – 12:30; we’ll travel to some snow, looking at signs on the hillside to see if they match our expectations. Discuss the different types of snow we have to look at.
  • 12:30 – 15:00; Dig a hasty avalanche pit, look for layers in the pit and see if it matches with the forecast. We’ll look at burial and transceiver use.
  • 15:00 – 16:30; We’ll plan a short journey back down, look for key moments we encounter and have a look at ways to assess avalanche risk without having to dig a pit.
  • 16:30 – 17:00; We’ll review the day and look at resources to further avalanche knowledge.

For further information and the latest forecasts on avalanches in Scotland visit www.SAIS.gov.uk

This course is aimed at walkers and mountaineers who will be travelling in the hills of Scotland during the winter months. While much of it is applicable to skiers and snowboarders as well those activities have different expectations of travel in avalanche terrain so users may want to consider other courses.

 

 


Accommodation is not included.

This course is based near Fort William in the West Highlands. This gives us a fantastic variety of terrain to choose from.

If you’d like the course to be run in another location or would prefer one to one tuition then please book my bespoke winter skills course.

Additional Information

Ability

Some experience of summer hill working and a good level of fitness to cope with challenging winter conditions are needed to enjoy this course.

Equipment

Waterproof Jacket, Waterproof Trousers, Hat x2, Gloves x3, Fleece / Jumper x2, Warm Jacket, Crampon Compatibale Boots (b2 or b3)*, Crampons*, Ice Axe*, Rucksack (40l), Food and Drink, Map and Compass, Headtorch, Goggles, Sunglasses (you never know…), shovel, probe, transceiver*

* Can be hired locally if needed for an additional fee.

— A full kit list and advice on equipment will be given when booking —

Location

West Highlands, Scotland (example locations include Glen Coe, Fort William, Creag Meagaidh)

Start

8am each day – we will meet the night before the course to go over kit and confirm plans for the following day.

Finish

We will aim to be off the hill around 4pm each day with time given in a cafe or pub to discuss the content of the day and plan for the next.

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