WINTER MOUNTAINEERING

Synergy Guides offer a bespoke service which means working closely with you to ensure a personal itinerary is established. The itinerary below is an example of previous client adventures and is purely written to inspire and allow an idea of a suitable progression for avid walkers looking to become a winter mountaineer.

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4 day Winter Mountaineering Itinerary

Initially, you will speak with your Instructor a few days prior to the start date. At which time you can agree to a suitable morning meet time, inform them of any kit requirements you have for the duration of your stay and agree on the planned content for your winter mountaineering adventure. This will differ for each participant yet almost certainly we will spend a reasonable amount of time discussing avalanche avoidance and winter walking equipment.

(Example Itinerary based on previous participants)

Day 1

0800 – Fit and check equipment ready for a day in the winter mountains. Discuss what equipment we are going to take with us and be advised on the specialist winter equipment your instructor might take. Distribute equipment amongst participants.

0815 – Discuss and explain how we use the avalanche forecast and recent weather patterns to decide on a suitable climbing venue. This includes a looking at different weather forecasts and the SAIS Be Avalanche Aware resource.

Winter Mountaineering

0815 – Travel to the desired location. This can be a multitude of locations depending on aspirations and importantly the avalanche forecast. Typical reliable learning venues include Stob Coire nan Lochain and Buachaille Etive Beag in Glencoe, Sgorr Dearg above Ballachulish and Beinn a Chaorainn.

0845 – Arrive at the location and walk into the venue which can take up to 2 hours. Expect to be learning about weather conditions, discussing the Be Avalanche Aware platform and using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on a suitable route to ascend. 

1030 – The main part of your day is focussed on the initial plan laid out with your booking and your morning discussion. Your instructor will tailor this to meet your aspirations, weather conditions and ability to operate in what can be adverse weather conditions. Previously participants have used the day to learn about snow and its behaviour, how to use crampons to walk on steep ground and emergency ice axe arrest.

1430 / 1545 – Expect to be walking out from the venue at a suitable time. Our aim is to ensure we have enough energy for a full week of mountaineering so in poor weather earlier finishes are not uncommon as are late finishes if it looks possible a shorter day will be required later in the week due to poor weather. 

1600 / 1730 – The day might finish with a discussion about any learning points and a plan is proposed for the next morning. This is usually done with the aid of an updated weather and avalanche forecast.

Day 2 & 3

0800 – Discuss the avalanche forecast and prevailing weather conditions to decide on a suitable venue. This includes a looking at different weather forecasts and the SAIS Be Avalanche Aware resource. If you are keen to ‘learn for yourself’ your instructor will encourage your input as to where you think is a suitable location for a day of mountaineering.

0830 – Arrive at the location and walk into the venue which can take up to 2 hours. Expect to be learning about weather conditions, discussing the Be Avalanche Aware platform and using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on a suitable objective for the day.

1000 – Action any learning points from the previous day. Use skills to ascend classic winter mountaineering routes such as East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn, Number 4 Gully, CMD Arete, Schoolhouse Ridge and/or many others.

1600 / 1730 – The day might finish with a discussion about any learning points and a plan is proposed for the next morning. This is usually done with the aid of an updated weather and avalanche forecast. 

Day 4 – finish on a high!

0800 – Discuss the avalanche forecast and prevailing weather conditions to decide on a suitable venue. As always this includes a looking at different weather forecasts and the SAIS Be Avalanche Aware resource.  By now your instructor will actively seek any knowledge you will have learnt over the 3 days to decide on a suitable location.

0830 – Arrive at the location and walk into the venue which can take up to 2 hours. Expect to be discussing weather conditions and the Be Avalanche Aware platform whilst using a dynamic risk assessment to decide on suitable routes to climb.

1000 – Be guided up a challenging winter mountaineering route such as the Aonach Eagach, Sron na Lairig, Number 2 Gully and/or many others.

1600 / 1730 – The day and week will finish with any learning points and questions you have about your 4 days of winter mountaineering. If required this day can be cut short or adjusted to suit an early escape if your travel plans dictate. 

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3 £250

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