Winter Skills Courses – this weekend!

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Want to know the difference between graupel and wind-slab? Need to improve your winter navigation?  Want to learn how to build an emergency snow shelter? Don’t know what those pointy bits strapped to the bottom of your boots are for?  Or do you just want to have an adventure in some of the best winter conditions we’ve had in Scottish mountains for many a life-time

Click on the above image for full details of the Outdoor Education adult Winter Skills courses.  Based at Badaguish in the Cairngorms this weekend,  places are still available.  Interested? … then contact the Outdoor Education Service.

Winter Skills Course – S5 & S6 pupils

Confident Sliding, Responsible footprint, Successful navigation, Effective ice axe braking…

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A fantastic opportunity for pupils with experience of walking the hills in summer, a chance to extend their mountain experience and tackle some winter hills under expert supervision.

Pupils will be stay in bunkhouse accommodation in the Cairngorm National Park and undertake winter hill walking learning how to use specialist safety equipment including crampons and ice axes.

There is a maximum of 12 places on this course, interest should be submitted to the schools outdoor education coordinator and names will be passed on to the Outdoor Education Service.

The 2 day course will be from 2pm, Friday 19th March to 7pm, Sunday 21st March

Pupils will be required to contribute towards instruction, food, transport and accommodation at a (subsidised) cost of just £80

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Knox Academy – Mr Cooper
Dunbar Grammar – Miss Williams
Musselburgh Grammar – Mr Brown
North Berwick High School – Miss Ritchie
Preston Lodge High School – Mr Kiernan
Ross High – Mr Laud

Knox S1 get some Winter Skills

Friday was the fourth and final ROPE sessions for the Knox S1s. It was an early start and off to the Ben Lawers mountains for the day. The plan had been to climb Meal nan Tarmachan, unfortunately the road up to the Ben Lawers visitor centre was too icey to drive up; and walking from the bottom was too long for the time available. So ‘Plan B’ was a walk up and around the corries – with plenty of opportunty to practice winter skills en route.

The group learned how to use an ice axe to move around on the slopes, how to cut steps and how to SAFELY arrest a fall.

Click on the image for a movie (you may want sound!)
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An excellent day; cold, but clear, with occasional show showers.

For a movie with sound click on the image above, for a better picture quality slide show click here.