Weekend Mountain Skills
Embark on an unforgettable weekend amidst the breathtaking vistas of Cairngorm National Park. Our comprehensive weekend mountain skills course is tailored for beginners or those seeking to boost their confidence in mountain terrain.
Weekend Mountain Skills
Embark on an unforgettable weekend amidst the breathtaking vistas of Cairngorm National Park. Our comprehensive weekend mountain skills course is tailored for beginners or those seeking to boost their confidence in mountain terrain. Delve into crucial topics like meticulous planning, weather assessment, route selection, navigation mastery, movement on steep and rough ground, mountain safety, and understanding the nuances of the mountain environment and ecosystem. Weather permitting, participants will have an overnight camping experience or an adventurous bothy expedition, adding an extra layer of excitement to this immersive learning journey
NB: This itinerary is a sample of what we could do during the course. This is subject to change due to weather, conditions and group fitness. I will always make sure that you get the most out of your course no matter what the weather and conditions are.
08:00 - Gather at The Bothy in the Explorer Cafe, situated above Tiso in Aviemore, nestled within the stunning Cairngorms National Park.
Our journey begins with a comprehensive session where we'll review equipment, conduct a safety briefing, and outline the thrilling agenda for the next two days. Setting our sights on the Cairngorm mountains, we'll embark on a captivating hike across the Cairngorm plateau towards the majestic summit of Ben Macdui. Along the way, we'll delve into navigation techniques, engage in discussions on route selection, and deepen our understanding of safe mountaineering practices. Upon reaching the summit of Ben Macdui and soaking in its awe-inspiring vistas, we'll descend to our picturesque campsite beside Loch Etchachan. Here, amidst the tranquility of nature, we'll unwind, exchange insights on camp craft, and bask in the warmth of the setting sun.
07:00 - Awaken to the serene ambiance of our camp nestled by the enchanting Loch Etchachan.
Today's expedition unfolds amidst the untamed beauty of the Cairngorm mountains. We'll ascend another summit, honing our skills on steep terrain and reinforcing our mastery of navigation techniques acquired the previous day. Additionally, we'll delve into the contents of emergency kits, discussing essential safety measures and optimal preparation for unforeseen circumstances. Traversing the plateau, we'll climb out of the breathtaking landscape of the Loch Avon basin, all the while engaging in enlightening conversations about the unique and delicate ecosystem of the Cairngorms and its diverse flora and fauna.
16:30 - Cap off our day's journey, returning once again to the car park for a well-deserved rest, enriched by our shared experiences amidst nature's splendor.
If you have any questions about this course, just get in touch!