If you’re ready for a new challenge and want to move beyond summer hillwalking or into winter mountaineering or climbing, Plas Y Brenin and Glenmore Lodge, National Mountain Centres are running a series of exciting courses for women in spring 2017, in Scotland, as part of Women Outdoors Week. With three standout courses being run by three of Plas y Brenin’s highly qualified instructors: Cath Wilson, Helen Teasdale and Sam Leary, on top of Glenmore Lodge’s experienced staff, this is going to be a week to remember! We recommend you book quickly before the spaces fill up.
Women’s Winter Week
5th – 12th March 2017
What’s on offer:
Plas Y Brenin: 5 Day Courses: Fort William
Scottish Winter Hillwalking: 5 Days: £750 (incl meals & accommodation)
Scottish winter hillwalking will introduce you to the delights and rewards of walking in the winter hills. With our experienced and enthusiastic instructors you will have the opportunity to explore the hills and learn the specific skills you need to feel confident and stay safe above the snowline.
Scottish Winter Mountaineering: 5 Days: £800 (incl meals & accommodation)
This course aims to turn the keen hillwalker into a mountaineer, combining practical instruction with journeying up and down some of the finest mountaineering terrain in the UK. We will be ascending the Winter Mountains by more challenging routes; developing techniques and judgement along the way.
Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing: 5 Days: £960 (incl meals & accommodation)
Winter climbing in Scotland offers rewards and challenges comparable with the best anywhere in the world. Guided by our enthusiastic and experienced instructors you will discover all the rope work and climbing skills required to get your winter climbing started.
Glenmore Lodge: 2 Day Courses: Aviemore
Winter Skills: 2 Days: £260 (incl meals & accommodation)
The course is designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the UK’s mountains in winter conditions competently and confidently.
Introduction to Winter Mountaineering: 2 Days: £300 (incl meals & accommodation)
To introduce you to the technical skills to tackle winter ‘scrambling’ type terrain, up to grade I on Britain’s mountains.
Introduction to Winter Climbing: 2 Days: £375 (incl meals & accommodation)
What they say:
” Whether you are new to the winter hills or already active we have a range of courses on offer to help you further your knowledge and skills. Winter climbing in Scotland offers rewards and challenges comparable with the best anywhere in the world.
We want more women to engage with this awesome environment, learn some new skills and have a great time while doing it. “
Plas Y Brenin’s base for winter courses is in Fort William, while Glenmore Lodge is based in Aviemore.
Why women only?
Women make up only a tiny percentage of instructors at the higher levels of outdoor qualification in the UK; the higher the qualification, the lower the proportion of women. This is changing, with events like these helping women to gain the confidence and self-efficacy needed to put themselves forward for the training and assessment with success.
Courses like this help participants to gain skills, knowledge and experience and thereby move up the qualification ladder. Some women prefer a women-only environment, so courses like this fill a space where there is demand.
Book or find out more:
If you’re liking the sound and look of this awesome week, you can book now through the PyB or Glenmore Lodge websites. If you’re interested, but not quite sure, you can speak to Sam or the team by calling: (01690) 720214. You can also find out more by going to the Women in Mountain Training Facebook Page and asking a question. The WiMT community is a friendly place online where you can find out more about training in climbing and mountaineering from people who are at all levels of training and experience.
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