/ Winter skills courses
I assume Scotland is the safest bet for good winter conditions, but are Snowdonia / the Lakes typically good enough in winter months (both closer for me)?
A 2-3 day course is about the max length I can do (can't blag much more time away from the family!), so I'd like something fairly intensive, covering the basic skills and getting in some peaks.
Thanks in advance.
Scotland is a safer bet, but even then hard to guarantee suitable conditions for a particular area in advance.
Glenmore Lodge would be a good choice but its expensive. Accommodation, food and equipment included in the prices though! This course might be suitable but they have many others on offer...
And you'll be able to share the experience with other first timers.
If you want a course including use of ropes and mountaineering techniques, the online enquiry facility on http://www.themic.org.uk/enquiry/ will put you in touch directly with many of the top instructors working in the UK in Winter.
If you just want a basic course focusing on winter navigation and hillwalking skills then you are welcome to message me (or search for other Winter Mountain Leaders via the internet, including on the Mountain Training Association or Association of Mountaineering Instructors websites).
Another plug for Lakeland Ascents. I've climbed with Si for 4 years, he knows his stuff and is very professional.
We have a Premier Post advert running for a winter skills course. Not much use to you durkules as it's a week long. As a rule I'd look for someone who also provides winter ML courses as at least their provision is moderated.
Just to say I would also recommend Lakeland ascents. You would get a very good introduction with Si and his team and he covers all winter locations.
Speak to Martin Moran about guiding tailored to suit the time constraints you can commit to.
I fully recommend him as I'm sure other will on here.
If you want to play it 'safe' with the time you have available, Scotland will offer more reliable conditions, unless you strike it lucky and we get a nation-wide cold snap at the time you have booked.
Very broad-brush, late February holds the general consensus of being the most reliable date-wise. However being this warm and wet island this can prove very hit-and-miss.
Good luck with your future adventures, but be mindful that a low-cost alternative would be to get in touch with people on here. I'm sure you'll find people with spare axes and crampons etc (me included!), all you'd need is a stiff pair of mountaineering boots (B1/B2) - but you could always hire these and the appropriate clothing which no doubt you already own.
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