Background image: Duncan Gray, Others: Scott (on last years Winter Skils Course)
In winter, the Scottish mountains require a very specific set of skills. They are wildly challenging, thrilling and radiate an exquisite beauty.
The crunch of fresh snow on an unmarked white carpet, cliffs dripping with human-sized icicles and gullies gripped by frost are but a taste of the treasures that await the winter adventurer.
By the end of our 5 day winter skills course, you will be fully equipped to tackle the realm of snow. After a weekend course, you can expect to achieve a strong foundation in winter exploration.
Gain the knowledge to safely traverse a winter mountainscape through lessons in winter navigation, avalanche awareness, use of crampons and an ice axe.
Explore Glencoe and Glen Nevis under a blanket of white. There are several iconic munros on the menu: Buachaille Etive Mor, Ben Nevis, Bidean nam Bain and Stob Ban to name but a few.
Accommodation in nearby Fort William with transport arranged.
Maximum group size of 7 (including our fully-qualified, winter mountain leader Mike), meaning excellent 1-to-1 tuition.
Day 1 & 2 - Introduction to winter skills
The first couple of days will be spent practising and honing the foundational skills nececessary to stay safe on a winter mountain. If weather permits, we'll dive right into our first Munro(s). We will cover:
Winter walking equipment & tactics.
Walking on snow: kicking and cutting steps.
Crampon skills in ascent, descent and across the slope.
Ice axe skills to aid walking: self belay and self arrest.
Winter mountain navigation.
Day 3 & 4 - Guided winter walking
Guided ascents (weather permitting) of various Munros in the area. If you have some in mind, that's great - we'll do our best to accomodate.
Focus on refining efficient movement, avalanche awareness/avoidance and winter mountain navigation.
If weather thwarts our efforts to ascend, we will look at building snow holes and more in-depth snow pack analysis for avalanche assessment.
Day 5- Supervised self-guided walk
Here, all your new skills will be put into practice. If the leader feels confident in the groups' abilities, this final day will allow the group to carry out and plan a walk under their own steam (with any necessary support).
This will give you a real taste for planning your next adventure and complete your training. You're ready for winter!
We will be staying near Fort William at the 5 star rated, Corran Bunkhouse. This allows us access to both Glencoe and Glen Nevis. The first night will be the day before the first day, to allow for travel. Checkout is on the last day., however baggage can be stored throughout the day for later retrieval. Highlights include:
Twin beds with en-suite or double bed (for 2) options
Self catering kitchen and washing machine
Dining room, lounge and large drying room
For more information, click here.
Minimum age: 15 (accompanied by legal guardian).
Reasonable fitness and health.
A determination to persevere in trying weather/temperatures!
Revelant kit. Some can be hired nearby (which we can arrange). Please pay a deposit or message [email protected] for details.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the Winter Skills Course with Radventures. I knew that because it is a new company finding its feet that it might have been a risky endeavour but whatever doubts I may have had were soon allayed by Scott, who is a friendly, down to earth, and reassuring person. He was happy to chat on the phone, answering any questions I had about the course, which gave me a good sense that he was trustworthy and sincere. The course was well organised and the logistics ran very smoothly. I personally didn’t need to hire any equipment, opting to buy all mine, but Scott was happy to organise rental should I have needed it.
I came to the course with a few preconceptions of what I “should” learn, i.e. ice axe arrest etc. But Mike, our excellent instructor was able to eloquently show and explain that while these skills are important, the main thing to take home was how to safely avoid situations in which you would be forced to use those last resort safety skills.
Mike is a natural born teacher. His calm, considered manner, his patient, unpatronising nature, passion, humour, and most of all is vast knowledge and experience combine to enable him to communicate and inspire complete confidence in his pupils.
The only thing to be wary of is one’s own fitness. I was lucky enough to be able to bag 6 Munros in winter conditions, which is far more than I expected to be able to do, and I was totally exhausted by the end of it, but it was more than worth the exertion to be able to experience the beauty of the white hills and the exhilaration of achievement. Trudging through knee deep snow for hours before finally attaining the summit is a feeling which everyone should have a chance at experiencing.Joe Smith (who features in many pics) - Winter Skills Course Jan 2019
These additional testimonials relate to our mountain leader, Mike Mason on both indoor and outdoor courses:
The experience was amazing! Our instructor Mike was lovely and made us feel very welcome and kept us well informed the whole way through! The actual climbing was a lot harder than we thought it was going to be but really fun - I found muscles in my arms I didn’t know I had. Overall an amazing experience - well worth the trip up from London. Emily W August 2018 - Scotland
Extremely well organized and relaxed leadership Heather – JESS AR School March 2014 - Oman
Mike – Excellent, an outstanding chap, very informative, knew the region, the slopes, the restaurants, the local food. A wealth of knowledge and very personable and helpful. Claire P March 2015 - France
click here to secure a place
Join us, and experience a winter like no other.
Book now to reserve your space with a deposit! We will then send you further details.
Still unsure? Give us a call on (+44)7511038486 to find out more (9-5pm weekdays gmt+0) or email [email protected] We'd love to hear from you!
Total price per person:
5 day: £431
2 day: £195
For standard bookings, payment is due 56 days before the start of the trip.
If however, you would like to stagger payments, we're happy to accomodate.
Simply book by paying the deposit and let us know by emailing [email protected]
All bookings are made with Scott Norris trading as Radventures. By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis.
Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveller unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise.
We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.
If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date (if offered) or receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs.
We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. Travel insurance, which covers cancellation costs (detailed below), is reccomended.
The deposit is non returnable or transferable if the candidate cancels. It secures you, as the candidate, a place within the trip.
Cancelation by the candidate before 6 weeks means all payment made over the price of the deposit returned.
Cancelation by the candidate from 6 weeks to one day before the trip means we will retain the deposit or 50% of the total booking cost - whichever is greater.
Cancelation on the day before or on the first day of the trip or during the trip means no payments are to be returned.
If we accept your booking we will issue a confirmation invoice through Stripe.
A contract will exist between us from the date this confirmation invoice is issued.
Unless otherwise agreed between you and Scott Norris trading as Radventures, the due date is 56 days before the beginning of the trip. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled unless other arrangements have been explicitly made in written form between you and Scott Norris trading as Radventures.
Our trip prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry.
This means our trip prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability.
It is likely that different passengers on the same trip have been charged different prices.
Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time.
Once you have received a quote the price will be locked in provided you pay the required deposit prior to the quote’s expiry. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply.
The most up to date pricing is available on our website. Note that prices may vary depending on which currency the booking is made.
We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 56 days before departure due to unfavourable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In such instances, we will be responsible for any amount up to 2% of the trip price and you will be responsible for the balance. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. Should the cost of your trip decrease by more than 2% due to the changes mentioned above then any refund due will be paid to you. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the cost of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to all purchases made by credit card.
In order for us to confirm your travel arrangements you must provide all requested details with the balance of the trip price.
Necessary details vary by trip; they include but are not limited to full name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue and expiry date and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements.
On some more demanding trips we also require you to complete and forward a Self-Assessment form. Failure to provide requested details may result in additional charges or non-refundable cancellation of your trip.
Details of inclusions and exclusions are listed in the specific trip's web page.
You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries which you will visit during your trip.
Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip; please refer to the Essential Trip Information for details. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all our travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking.
Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.
We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects.
You must provide your travel insurance policy number and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number prior to or on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without these details.
If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank's name and credit card details.
You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives.
The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.
While we endeavor to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary.
Before departure: If we make a change which affects at least one day in five of the itinerary we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. You may choose between accepting the change or obtaining a refund of money paid towards the trip (minus the deposit).
After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. In such circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.
Our group trips are run by a group leader.
The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip.
If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund.
Well-being of the group can include mental as well as physical health including, but not limited to bullying and racism directed towards any member(s) of the group. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked.
You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our responsible travel guidelines.
You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk.
You will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives.
We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary.
You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you are aware of the personal risks attendant upon such travel.
a. We will accept liability for the negligence of our staff or agents causing death or physical injury to persons or loss or damage to personal property only to the extent it is obliged under the applicable law. Our obligations, and those of our suppliers providing any service or facility included in your holiday, are to take reasonable skill and care to arrange for the provision of such services and facilities.
This acceptance of liability is subject to clause c. below.
b. In other circumstances we are responsible to you for the proper performance of this contract. This acceptance of liability is subject to clause c. below.
c. we shall not be liable for any damage or loss if the failure to carry out the contract is:
- attributable to you.
- attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services contracted for and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable.
- due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had to be exercised.
- due to political disputes, border closures, refusal of visas, industrial action, climate or other matters of a similar nature and any other force majeure.
- due to an event which the Company, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.
d. Except in cases involving death, injury or illness, any liability covered under clause b. above is limited to 3 times the price paid. In the case of damaged property the liability is limited to a maximum amount equal to the amount paid by or on behalf of the owner of the property. In all cases Scott Norris trading as Radventures specifically excludes all liability for indirect or consequential loss or expense including loss of profits and in all cases our liability will be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to the contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements.
e. Where your trip arrangements involve travel by air, rail or sea, or hotel accommodation, the compensation is limited by the following international conventions respectively:
Warsaw Convention as amended 1955, Bern Convention 1961, Athens Convention 1974 and Paris Convention 1962.
We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of right to claim or compensation contained in these or any conventions.
f. our acceptance of liability in clauses a and b above is subject to assignment by you of your rights against any agent, supplier or sub-contractor which is in any way responsible for the unsatisfactory arrangements or your death or personal injury.
g. Flight Notice, Flight Information and EU Blacklist.
This is a notice required by European Community Regulation (EC) No.889/2002. This notice cannot be used as a basis for a claim for compensation, nor to interpret the provisions of the Regulation or the Montréal Convention, and it does not form part of the contract between the carrier(s), us and you, nor part of a claim. No representation is made by the carrier(s) or us as to the accuracy of the contents of this notice.
Air carrier liability for passengers and their baggage:
This information notice summarises the liability rules applied by Community air carriers as required by Community legislation and the Montréal Convention.
Compensation in the case of death or injury:
- There are no financial limits to the liability for passenger injury or death.
- For damages up to 100,000 SDRs (approximately £80,000 / €120,000) the air carrier cannot contest claims for compensation.
- Above that amount, the air carrier can defend itself against a claim by proving that it was not negligent or otherwise at fault.
- If a passenger is killed or injured, the air carrier must make an advance payment, to cover immediate economic needs, within 15 days from the identification of the person entitled to compensation.
- In the event of death, this advance payment shall not be less than 16000 SDRs (approximately £13,000 /€19,300).
- In case of passenger delay, the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures.
- The liability for passenger delay is limited to 4150 SDRs (approximately £3,300 / €5,000).
- In case of baggage delay, the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures.
- The liability for baggage delay is limited to 1000 SDRs (approximately £800/€1,200).
Destruction, loss or damage to baggage:
- The air carrier is liable for destruction, loss or damage to baggage up to 1000 SDRs (approximately £800) In the case of checked baggage, it is liable even if not at fault, unless the baggage was defective.
- In the case of unchecked baggage, the carrier is liable only if at fault.
Higher limits for baggage:
- A passenger can benefit from a higher liability limit by making a special declaration at the latest at check-in and by paying a supplementary fee.
Complaints on baggage:
- If the baggage is damaged, delayed, lost or destroyed, the passenger must write and complain to the air carrier as soon as possible.
- In the case of damage to checked baggage, the passenger must write and complain within seven days, and in the case of delay within 21 days, in both cases from the date on which the baggage was placed at the passenger’s disposal.
Liability of contracting and actual carriers:
- If the air carrier actually performing the flight is not the same as the contracting air carrier, the passenger has the right to address a complaint or to make a claim for damages against either.
- If the name or code of an air carrier is indicated on the ticket, that air carrier is the contracting air carrier.
Time limit for action:
- Any action in court to claim damages must be brought within two years from the date of arrival of the aircraft, or from the date on which the aircraft ought to have arrived.
Basis for the information. The basis for the rules described above is the Montreal Convention of 28 May 1999, which is implemented in the Community by Regulation (EC) No. 2027/97 (as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 889/2002) and national legislation of the Member States. In accordance with EU directive (EC) no. 2111/2005, Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community list’ which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU Community.
The Community list is available for inspection at www.air-ban.europa.eu.
In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier operating your flight/connecting flight/transfer. We do this by listing carriers to be used or likely to be used on our confirming documents. The airline may use wide and narrow-body jets. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate.
Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your group leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them in any way. The contract for the provision of that activity will be between you and activity provider.
If you have a complaint about your trip please inform your group leader or our local representative at the time in order that they can attempt to rectify the matter.
If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be put in writing to us within 30 days of the end of the tour.
If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure.
In the event that any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.
You consent to us using images of you taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.
The laws of the United Kingdom govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of the United Kingdom.