winter navigation course in the Cairngorms National Park

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Advanced Winter Navigation

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Winter Mountain Navigation weekend course

Dates

24/11/2017

Duration

2 days, 2 nights

Meeting Points

Please do not aim to book transport home until after 5.30pm

All Inclusive

No

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Grade

3 out of 5

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Experience / Highlights

Mountain Navigation courses

Mountain Navigation in Scotland

This course focuses in on the having the right tactical approach. Accuracy in any particular skill is obviously important but it’s also vital that you accommodate error and minimizing its effect on your overall accuracy.

It’s about having an array of techniques at your disposal so you’re not dependant on the absolute accuracy of any one particular skill. Most people get lost when they allow the error to become greater than the range of visibility. A 10% error in distance or direction over 500m is going to be a quarter of that over 2km so it’s important you contour interpretation is good. That way you can recognize more contour features (way-marking points) and in doing so keep your legs (section of route between way-marking points) short.

winter navigation course

Test your limits, within your means

White-out conditions can very much encourage you to abandon any attempt to interpret the lie of the land. We demystify white–out conditions (excuse the pun) which are often as much/more to do with a combination of everything being white in flat light conditions as they are to do with actual bad visibility.

A basic knowledge of how to use the compass and map reading is helpful and good hill fitness is also desirable.

Winter walking in the Cairngorm Mountains, Aviemore, Scotland. Photograph shows Andy Bateman, a professional mountain guide who runs a holiday walking company called Mountain Innovations. Walkers are taught winter mountain skills such as navigation, using an ice axe and walking across ice using crampons. map reading using a compass photograph by David Mansell. Mobile 07831 559901 January 2004. holidays tourism winter sports ski skiers skiing safety helmet goggles sunglasses crampons rucksack backpack ropes map compass reading ice axe walking sticks groups walkers tracking exercise outdoors keeping fit fitness health mountains hills national park climbing mountaineering expedition protective clothing weatherproof gloves boots warm clothing hats recreation paths erosion footpaths SSI site of special scientific interest nature reserve frozen very cold arctic conditions landscape rocks geology winter landscape wilderness blizzards snow storm winds windy whiteout snowing snow cover frozen frost weather Highlands of Scotland

Winter walking in the Cairngorm Mountains, Aviemore, Scotland. Photograph shows Andy Bateman, a professional mountain guide who runs a holiday walking company called Mountain Innovations. Walkers are taught winter mountain skills such as navigation, using an ice axe and walking across ice using crampons.
map reading using a compass
photograph by David Mansell. Mobile 07831 559901
January 2004.
holidays tourism winter sports ski skiers skiing safety helmet goggles sunglasses crampons rucksack backpack ropes map compass reading ice axe walking sticks groups walkers tracking exercise outdoors keeping fit fitness health mountains hills national park climbing mountaineering expedition protective clothing weatherproof gloves boots warm clothing hats recreation paths erosion footpaths SSI site of special scientific interest
nature reserve frozen very cold arctic conditions landscape rocks geology winter landscape wilderness blizzards snow storm winds windy whiteout snowing snow cover frozen frost weather
Highlands of Scotland

We asked our guests what sets Scot Mountain Holidays apart, why they return year after year:

“the social aspect”  –  “the camaraderie, food and conversation”   –
“the company of the hosts”  –  
“so warm and welcoming”  –  

 “a profound sense of belonging”  –  “the welcome of Rebecca’s home cooked meal”  –  “Andy’s skills as a guide, naturalist and leader”  –  “stewardship, sustainability and a small footprint”  –  “in harmony with the land”  –  “a slice of rural Scottish life”

Scot Mountain Holidays is the ONLY adventure tour operator in Highlands of Scotland with a combined home and guest lodge. We strive to be more than just an tour. We aim to provide you with a ‘home away from home’ on your adventures. We thought of no better way of doing this than to welcome you into our own home.

We have owned and operated Fraoch Lodge as our home base and business since 1999. In that time, we have come to embrace our guests as members of our extended Highland family.

We source our meals from locally produced and home grown ingredients to provide you with the most delicious flavours and traditions the area has to offer (while minimising our impact on the environment, too). Our dining room and lounge are shared spaces where we gather with guests and friends to share in the holiday and offer you extensive knowledge of your tour.

No matter the season, the Cairngorms and Fraoch Lodge is a place to relax and explore all its beauty and comforts, and we hope to make you feel as at home as we are.

Top quality food

Enjoy top class family friendly and freshly prepared food.

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Stocking up with pellets

We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.

It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener.  He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!

For further information, please don’t hesitate to check out our Environmental Responsibility page, or contact us directly at info@scotmountainholidays.com.

Gold award - Green Tourism

Gold standard for Green Tourism

Booking Procedure

Departure Guarantee

We are proud to continue to offer our unique departure guarantee*. If your booking is confirmed by Scot Mountain Holidays you can be assured that your holiday will run. We can offer this guarantee as we are unique amongst walking holiday operators in Scotland by providing all the parts of your holiday (guiding, accommodation and catering) in-house.
* Scot Mountain Holidays reserves the right to alter the venue and itinerary of holidays advertised as based away from Fraoch Lodge.

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A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 28 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the trip price is required


Your Financial Protection

In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 a client deposit account has been arranged with the Royal Bank of Scotland to protect monies paid in respect of travel arrangements offered in the Brochure and to cater, where necessary (and subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for a refund of such monies in the unlikely event of our financial failure. The balance of payment is due 28 days prior to the commencement of the course. Credit/debit cards accepted are: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Switch, Non-refundable deposits will be debited on receipt of the booking form. Balance of payment reminder will automatically be sent out to you. Please be prompt in paying the balance. If you decide to pay by internet bank transfer please use your own name or booking number as a reference for the payment so it can be reconciled.


Insurance

It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. We also recommend that you take out insurance which includes cancellation and baggage cover.

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