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Course Overview

Previous Experience Required

Cost from £310

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This fund was set up by James' family following his death on 1st July 2011, on the Frendo Spur in Chamonix, France. James was an avid climber and mountaineer. His love for climbing led him to develop skills in every climbing style but it was in Alpine and Traditional climbing where he sought to improve most. His consistent passion for climbing led to involvement with his university club, an opportunity to share enthusiasm, skills and knowledge with like minded individuals.

The fund aims to encourage and foster a higher level of safety, good practice and sustainability within university climbing clubs. The fund will award volunteer leaders within the clubs with bursaries to undertake courses to consolidate and develop safe climbing practice for teaching new and inexperienced climbers in individual and group situations.
Each year bursaries will be awarded to part fund training courses run by Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre. Courses attracting bursaries include Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Climbing wall award. To apply for a for bursary download an application form using the link below

The Scottish mountains in winter are undoubtedly magnificent, but are a serious undertaking. Short daylight hours, poor conditions underfoot, strong winds, rain and snow may all need to be dealt with. This subsidised course aims to introduce the skills and judgement needed to become a safe and competent winter mountaineer.

Is it for me?

This course is aimed at young, keen mountain walkers who would like to be able to undertake challenging winter walks and simple climbs. Each year eight places are available in Scotland.

If you would like to be considered for this bursary, please complete an application form and send it to info@pyb.co.uk.

Eight places will be available to full-time students aged 18 or over
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No previous winter experience is required, but you should be fit summer hill walkers and realise that winter days in the western highlands often involve ascents from near sea level to 1000m.

Course Content

This course will take you progressively through the skills of winter mountaineering. Venues and day to day activities are weather and snow-dependent and decisions regarding the exact day's programme will be decided by the course director each morning. The whole group will meet for a briefing, allowing you to share the decision making process with experienced instructors. We will aim to cover the following topics:

  • Ice axe and crampon work

  • Ice axe arrest

  • Winter navigation

  • Avalanche risk assessment

  • Emergency snowshelters/survival

  • Elementary ropework

  • Terrain - ridges, rocky steps, cornices, steep snow (possibly Grade 1)

  • Mountaineering decision making

These areas will be incorporated into mountain journeys, hopefully taking in some of the major peaks.

We make full use of the evenings by offering a number of technical lectures which re-enforce and expand upon the daytime activities. These may include:

  • Avalanche risk assessment

  • Cold injuries and hypothermia

  • Winter mountain navigation

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