Scottish Winter Navigation - 2 Day
  • Scotland
  • 2 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

Scottish Winter Navigation - 2 Day

  • Hike
  • Hillwalking
  • Intermediate


Learn all the skills you need to become a competent and confident navigator in winter.

Making your way through the mountains in winter is a step up from summer. Features that are obvious in summer may be covered in snow, and winter weather often comes with poor visibility. With our friendly and experienced instructors, you'll learn all the skills you need to become proficient in winter navigation and start planning your own journeys. An evening Avalanche Awareness lecture will help you to improve your knowledge of safe travel in the winter environment. This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach Hotel in North Ballachulish.

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The Objectives

We aim to cover the following topics over the course of the weekend:

  • Map types, scales and digital mapping
  • Equipment adjustments for use in winter
  • Route planning
  • Fundamental navigation skills
  • Relocation skills
  • Measuring distance on the map and on the ground using timing and pacing
  • Identifying features
  • Using a compass bearing
  • Winter Strategies for navigation
  • Identifying hazardous areas
  • Simple avalanche risk assessment and management


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

Day 1 - Start with some theory looking at maps and winterising your navigation systems, then out on the hill to start practising these skills.

Day 2 - Development and refinement of winter navigation skills

Experience Required

You should have an understanding of map and compass use from summer hillwalking, and be able to take a bearing and orientate the map. Basic winter skills are essential so we can focus on navigation. You should also be familiar with using crampons and ice axe. Ideally you will have completed a winter skills, hillwalking or mountaineering course with us or another provider before attending this course.

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. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

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 inthe price. You'ss stay at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned ad 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 always well stocked with Scottish whisky and local beer. Allthshellach also has a handy shop for any little essentials 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
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This course will help you become

A competent and confident winter navigator

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