Winter skills day tomorrow in the Cairngorms.

It has gone so mild and tomorrow is the Annual Winter skills day for my local Moray Mountaineering Club we are off to the Cairngorms. It is  now annual event run by the club and gives some of the club a chance to learn/ update their winter skills. Myself and Ray Harron will be there to assist and I am sure we will find some snow about to practice the basic skills of winter mountaineering.

This is part of the Bus Meet that will take us up to the Cairngorms and hopefully weather permitting we will walk into the Northern Corries for some winter skills.

Before we go  on the hill we will have a chat hopefully on the bus about the weather and Avalanche state and the weather history recently. Then a check of kit and we will be off. You can learn so much in the walk in about what is happening on the hill so there will be no rush. A few are coming so we will make the best of the weather.

Some of the Skills Training we hope to take part in.

Very simple skills

Very simple skills- walking in crampons.


  • Previous weather and Avalanche information
  • Selection and organisation of personal kit appropriate to winter hill walking
  • Personal movement skills on snow, including kicking steps and using the ice axe for walking,  cutting steps, and self-arrest
  • Use of crampons in ascent/descent
  • Emergency procedures
  • Avalanche awareness and safe route choice

If time  the core techniques of winter navigation.

Wind Slab

Wind Slab

It is all-weather relevant and we will see what happens but it is well worth doing every year no matter how experienced you are.


Navigation never that easy in winter?

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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