Pupil Winter Skills Residentials – Cairngorms Feb and Mar

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.  And as at least two of us teach Geography there’ll be plenty of glacial features and processes explored and discussed.

Who can attend … we will priorities S4 – S6 pupils, but will make it available to all years if number permit. Max group size is 12 per trip.

Dates … We still have spaces on 2 trips. Fri 28th Feb-Sun 1st Mar  and Fri 13th – Sun 15th Mar

Logistics … we will leave after school on the first day of each trip from the Outdoor Learning Service in Musselburgh, returning on the evening of the last day.

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, 6 or 8 bed dorms
Instruction and coaching from ELC OLS staff
All technical and safety equipment, including shell clothing and winter boots.

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

Cost  …
£95 fully inclusive of equipment, food, instruction and transport

Interested … Book and pay online here at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/outdoorlearningbookings

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