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Winter skills weekend in the Cairngorms, Scotland (2 days)

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Join UIMLA certified mountain leader Will for this fantastic 2-day weekend winter skills course that takes place in the breathtaking Cairngorms of the Scottish highlands!



2 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




* Discover the spectacular Cairngorms National Park in the highlands of Scotland

* Learn the fundamental winter skills to see you thrive in the Scottish outdoors

* Join a certified & highly experienced guide who's passionate about the landscape


A wonderful opportunity lies before you, a weekend of learning winter skills in the Cairngorms National Park. Just spending time in this magical location is enough but to combine it will practical and fun skills is to double the reward!

This will be a structured course but also flexible enough to be based around the needs of the individual. If the group is of mixed ability or experience I will work hard to make sure everyone is accomodated.

The Cairngorms is a famous region of wondrous natural beauty. These Scottish highlands in winter provide the perfect terrain and climatic conditions in which to practice key outdoor skills!

We will cover all the fundamentals to ensure that you will leave the course feeling confident about braving the wilderness in winter.

I will cover skills that include:

  • How to use an Ice Axe

  • How to use Crampons

  • How to carefully choose your route through the terrain

  • How to use effective winter navigational skills

If you have years of experience out in the mountains but never learnt the essential skills then this course will be perfect. Additionally, if you learnt the skills years ago and need a refresher course or are completely new to the scene, this course has got you covered!

Although beginner’s are welcome to join this course, you should still be of a reasonable level of fitness. You should be comfprtable hiking in the snow at a steady pace with a pack back.

If you’re eager to get on the mountains and sharpen your outdoor knowledge and pratical skills then sign up now becuase I can’t wait to share this picturesque landscape and fun with you!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price per person to join a group.


What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Distance ~ 10km, altitude ~ 600m

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

The winter skills course aimed at adults over 18 with a good of summer mountain walking fitness and experience

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

Self travel

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

By you

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?


What is the best time of the year for this hike?

Jan to March

Can I join a group?


What happens in the event of bad weather?

We will try to make the best of the cons but if conditions are too dangerous, an alternative date will be available

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I am a member of the British Association of Mountain Leaders and the owner of Mountain Energy, the guiding company I run with my wife, which has been in operation since 2009.

We started by offering summer and winter expeditions in the UK but then moved on to Europe and Africa in 2010. My work has taken me all over the world, including Peru, Bolivia, Lesotho, South Africa and Morocco.

Apart from holding an International Mountain Leader certification (IML), I am also certified as a Winter Mountain Leader. In 2008, I was awarded the Life Saving Medal of the Order of St. John after participating in a rescue expedition in the Pyrenees.

At Mountain Energy we offer a select number of programs that we have been guiding for years and know well. Join us for a truly unique experience!





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