Dates … This year’s dates are 28th Feb – 1st Mar (S2/3) and 13th – 15th Mar (s5/6). To book go here www.eastlothian.gov.uk/outdoorlearningbookings , and select the ‘For Pupils’ tab.
Who can attend …We run two weekends one for S3/4 and another for S5/6. Max group size is 12 per trip. We are after pupils, plus any teachers or volunteers to assist and gain experience.
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.
Logistics … we will meet 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, they will include …
Planning your winter day – weather forecast, snow-pack, route-choice, what to take? Winter navigation, 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 …
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 and 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 by going here www.eastlothian.gov.uk/outdoorlearningbookings, , and selecting the ‘For Pupils‘ tab. We will then email out joining instructions directly to all participants.