Learning how to look after yourself in the mountains in Winter is one of the most rewarding things you can do. With us you can give yourself the skills and hopefully the confidence to start to go out exploring in one of the most beautiful places in the world (we think)!
Omega Guiding are experts at introducing you to these skills, our instructors have run countless scrambling courses and are always looking for the best ways to teach people how to travel and be safe in the mountains. Below are a few examples of the courses that we able to run, so have a look and get in contact to start your journey!
Skills and Summit Course
A two day course, day 1 concentrating on good movement skills, crampon technique ascending and descending, ice axe placement and ice axe arresting.
Day 2: putting those skills into practice ascending a local peak, possibly Ben Nevis.
Winter Skills and Navigation
2 days crammed full of instruction to help you take your first steps in winter.
Movement skills with and without crampons, use of the ice axe, ice axe arresting, cutting steps, safe route choice in the mountains and how weather and snow types affect this as well as lots of navigation practice.
5 Day Skills and Hills Course
5 days of instruction covering all aspects of travel in the mountains. Planing and safe route choice, weather and avalanche conditions, movement with and without crampons, use of ice axes, self arresting and cutting steps. We will then use your new skills to summit some of the best local munros.
A good level of fitness is desirable, however often with our winter skills courses we are not aiming to cover large distances but rather focus on the content of the course. Sometimes to maximise our day out we use the Gondola at Nevis Range which allows us to get to the snow line much faster. Through the courses we will look at the best pieces of equipment for winter in Scotland and we have excellent relations with the local hire shops around Fort William (Cotswold Outdoor and Ellis Brigham) where you can get the kit you need from the kit list if you do not have it already.
We believe that one of the best ways to enjoy Scottish Winter is to be well prepared, our guides have lots of experience looking after people in the mountains and we always have spare warm clothes, waterproofs, hats and gloves that our customers can use if they need to.