Winter skills at Firbush

Places are still available for our 4-day Winter skills course which runs from Friday 23 to Tuesday 27 March.

This course is aimed at beginners and those with some experience of Winter Walking who wish to develop their personal skills.

We will cover:

  • Navigation and route choice
  • Ice axe and crampon use
  • Security on steep ground
  • Emergency shelters
  • A night out on the mountain either in snow-shelters or high level camping depending on snow conditions
  • Avalanche and weather awareness


Course programme
FridayArrive at Firbush 20.00; dinner and briefing
SaturdayNavigation day and evening lecture
SundaySecurity on steep ground and evening lecture
MondayBuilding snow shelters and staying out overnight
TuesdayReturn to Firbush for debrief, lunch, and departure at 13.00

Cost and availability

Course costs inclusive of course instruction, full board and use of equipment at Firbush as follows:

  • Students: £121.50
  • UoE Staff: £136.50
  • All others: £153.00

Transport is also available at an additional cost - please ask for details at the time of booking.

For further information and to book, contact the Firbush Office.

Firbush Office
46 Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2594
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6398

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