Alpine Preparation (Scotland) - 5 Day
  • Scotland
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Alpine Preparation (Scotland) - 5 Day

  • Climb
  • Mountaineering
  • Advanced


 Spend a week learning alpine mountaineering techniques in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and get yourself ready for a trip to the Alps. We'll introduce you to all the skills you'll need to enjoy a safe and successful Alpine trip. Over five days, you'll benefit from comprehensive practical days out in the mountains, making use of Alpine terrain to practice and master essential skills and techniques. The days are perfectly complemented by classroom-based sessions covering essential knowledge on how to successfully plan an Alpine trip. By the end of the week, you'll have the confidence, knowledge and skills to get out and enjoy bigger Alpine mountains.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

This intensive course makes full use of the week, with a mixture of classroom-based and practical outdoor sessions. Our course staff have many years of Alpine experience between them and will guide you through the following topics:

  • Alpine areas, travel, guide books and maps
  • Navigation and route choice
  • Glacier Travel and crevasse rescue
  • The choice and use of Alpine equipment and rope techniques
  • Alpine weather
  • Hazards
  • Alpine huts
  • Lightweight bivi skills


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

Given the nature of this course, 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 morning briefing on both days, allowing you to share the decision-making process with experienced instructors.

Experience Required

 To get the most from this course, you will need some experience of mountaineering and/or climbing in the UK in summer and winter, where basic ropework and snowcraft (you should already be able to walk in crampons and use an ice axe) has been learnt.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

Your instruction, accommodation, meals, in-course transport and equipment hire are all included in the price. You'll stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned and run by HF Holidays in comfy en-suite rooms (normally shared). The hotel has efficient drying rooms so when you come in from a day out you can dry out any kit for the next day and there are also laundry facilities. The hotel has three comfy lounges to relax in, one of which has free WiFi plus a swimming pool to ease aching muscles. There is also a cosy bar to relax in and is alwasy well stocked with Scottish whisky and local beer. Allthsellach also has a handy shop for any little essentnials you may have forgotten such as maps, poles, socks, gaiters, sit mats, postcards and a range of toiletries.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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This course will help you become

Confident in planning and executing a successful mountaineering trip in the Alps.

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