Scottish Winter Adventure

MONDAY, 12 MARCH 2018 – FRIDAY, 16 MARCH 2018

This is no normal winter skills course! The LHW Scottish Winter Adventure combines an adventurous journey through the Scottish Highlands with learning the skills required to venture into the winter environment. While making memories and life long friends along the way.

Skills include the use of an ice axe and crampons, emergency snow shelters, winter navigation, journey planning, understanding winter forecasts and avalanche safety. The team will stay in a combination of hostel style accommodation and camping.

Working in a team of like-minded women, we will be self-sufficient whilst in the mountains and will cook our own meals.

The week begins with a day training close to Fort William where we will learn that skills which we will need for our journey. Armed with these skills, the following day we will take a short train ride to Britain’s most remote station deep in the mountain. Here we will begin a two-day journey, passing through some of Scotland’s wildest landscapes and camping overnight.

We will walk to Kinlochleven where we will stay in a comfortable hostel and have the chance to resupply and relax for the evening. Refreshed and with new supplies, we will set off on a further two-day journey where we’ll cross the Mamores mountain range, camping in Glen Nevis before walking to the road head passing one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Highlands.

A journey of this nature requires physical robustness, mental toughness as well as a willingness to learn quickly. The winter environment can be punishing and is highly dynamic. Skills taught will be based on the conditions. It is likely that the plan will have to be adjusted on some level during the week due to weather conditions or the team’s needs, always with the group’s best interests at the heart of decisions.

Pre-requisites:

Essential – A minimum of summer hillwalking experience including having walked off paths and on rough, untracked terrain. This could be in the UK or overseas. Physically and mentally fit enough to be able to spend up to 8 hours walking in the mountains with a pack of up to 12kgs and have the energy at the end of the day to set up camp and cook yourself dinner.

Desirable – Camping experience.

This trip will be led by experienced adventurer and expedition leader, Becky Coles. When she is not busy leading, Becky can be found traveling and adventuring. She has climbed 4 first ascents, trekked in Alaska and cycled solo in Malawi. Becky is always keen to share her knowledge and experience and loves helping others plan their own expeditions and to travel adventurously.

All group safety equipment and guiding is included in the price.

Price excludes:

  • Hostel dormitory style accommodation during the week (approx. £35). These will be reserved in advance but you will pay the full amount to the hostel on arrival.
  • Travel and accommodation either side of the adventure start and finish
  • Food and drink
  • Personal clothing and equipment including helmet, crampons, suitable crampon compatible winter boots and ice axe. These can be hired in Fort William. Map and compass, headtorch.
  • Camping equipment including a mountain tent, sleeping bag, mat, stove and camping fuel.
  • Possible cost of ski lift pass on training day (approx. £10) and train ride (approx. £8)

Where: Meeting at Fort William
Price: £395

Spaces are limited to 12 women. For any questions regarding this expedition, please contact Becky on: beckycoles@hotmail.comBookings include a non-refundable £200 deposit. There are no refunds for cancellations less than a month before the departure of the expedition.