Scotland has hundreds of square miles of some of the remotest wilderness terrain in Europe: a great place to learn the key skills of selfreliance in the mountains.
Topics can include route choice and planning, navigation, weather interpretation, hazards and the environment. Guided walks and multi day expeditions can be organised.
This is an essential outdoor skill that is also good fun to learn and practise. Starting with basic navigation, how mapping works, relating the map to the landscape, contour interpretation and using bearings it is then possible to learn further techniques. For example measuring distance, dealing with ascent and descent, hand-railing, tick-off features, cut-off features and strategies for dealing with zero visibility, plus electronic mapping.
Already a hill-goer and interested in exploring steeper, rocky ground? This course takes the step from walking to simple scrambling. We'll focus on basic mountain skills, route choice, using a guidebook, movement over rock and perhaps the use of basic rope techniques for confidence or to cover short sections of trickier ground.
More advanced scrambles, those that are longer, more exposed and perhaps involve simple rock climbing require an additional array of techniques. Further to basic mountain and scrambling skills, we'll cover assessing the route, use of a rope, selecting and using anchors and retreat by lower and abseil.
Advanced Scrambling //
If you've always fancied trying rock climbing and would like to try some of the basic techniques then this is a good place to start. Content can typically include choosing a venue, using a guidebook, putting on a harness, tying into a rope and belaying as well as movement over rock.
Intro Climbing //
Having perhaps had some experience of rock climbing, then this sort of course will provide you with the techniques and skills required to operate as a competent second on single or multi-pitch routes. For example, belaying from below and above, creating and tying into anchors, stance management, dealing with protection equipment and retreating from routes.
Leading on rock, running the rope out and placing protection as you climb is an exhilirating and rewarding experience. After a review of the skills required of a good second we'll look at progressing to those of a lead climber: using protection, belay construction, risk management, psychological preparation and route finding.
Learn to lead //
Fancy being led on a classic route or perhaps something a little harder than usual? Examples of those that are popular are: Agag's Groove (V Diff), Buchaille Etive Mor, Glencoe; Centurion(HVS 5a), Ben Nevis; Minus One Direct (E1 5b), Ben Nevis; Ardverikie Wall (Severe), Binean Shaus; Spartan Slab (VS 5a), Etive Slabs; Dream of White Horses HVS 4c, Gogarth, North Wales