Pupil winter skills weekend – 18-20th March 2016

 

This year we are back at the fine facilities of Badaguish in the Cairngorms National Park.

Why attend?
The Scottish winter mountains can be a challenging environment.  They are an excellent place to help you gain skills and confidence. We will help you experience some amazing conditions and hopefully learn some new winter skills – such as using an ice-axe and crampons, or for those that can already ski, maybe some touring off-piste on skis.

Who can attend … we will priorities S5 and S6 pupils, but will make it available to S4s if number permit. Max group size is 12.

Logistics  …  meeting , then leaving from Outdoor Learning Service in Musselburgh,  at 3pm on Friday 18th March, returning evening of Sunday 20th March.

Activities will be dependent on the conditions and the group, they will include …
Planning your winter day  – weather forecast, snow-pack, route-choice, what to take?
Winter navigation
Winter technical skills – use of winter boots, ice-axe, crampons
Snow craft – building emergency shelters, snow holes
Avalanche awareness and emergency response.
Winter hill-walking
Snowshoeing – dependent on conditions
Ski-touring – very dependent on participants prior experience and conditions. We can discuss when you arrive

What’s included …
Transportation
Self-catering accommodation in 4 bed dorms
Instruction and coaching from ELC OLS staff
All technical and safety equipment, including shell clothing and winter boots.
BF, pack-lunch and dinner on the Sat, BF and pack-lunch on the Sun. Own purchased carry-out on the way up on the friday

What to bring …
See here for a kit-list
Linen for bedding is provided but you need so bring a towel!
Enthusiasm and a smile

How to book …
Contact a teacher in your school.  Cost is £95.

Not sure, or want to know more?  Email me … Andy Duff