WINTER NAVIGATION COURSES
The same techniques of map reading and navigation apply in winter too. The difference being there are less features on the ground, due to snow of course. The weather is usually worse in winter with poor visability, stronger winds and colder temperatures. There are occasions too where you'll need one hand on your ice axe whilst taclking steeper ground and an eye on potential avalanche slopes. Detailed route finding becomes very important for conserving energy, especially in deeper snow. Skilful route choice enables you to use the minimum of energy and maximizes your potential for the day.
This one day course will give a good understanding of coping with all the above In winter.
Copeing with the elements on a windswept plateau, with mitts on and taking bearings. All good fun and one of the many 'extra' considerations in the winter when naviagting
The plateau area on Ben Nevis is notorious for accidents and fatalities. Even in good weather attention to exactly where you're walking is needed. There are many footprints leading off to te North Face where there are many big cornices and gullies loaded with snow right through to the Spring