Training – UK Courses

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The AAC(UK) recognises that climbing, hill and country walking, mountain biking, mountaineering and snow sports are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks, being responsible for their own actions, involvement and safety.
The Club, its officers, Board and Alpine Team members and persons acting on behalf of the Club cannot be held liable for any loss or injury occurring to any participant while taking part in its activities.


UK Training Events and Courses (AACUK training)

The AACUK offers training in the UK, at subsidised rates for members.  Planned UK training courses are listed below; each course has its own information sheet.

UK Training Award Grants (external providers)

The AACUK offers grants for Training Awards and training offered by external providers.  For example, if you are registered on any MLTE/MLTS programme, you can apply to the AAC(UK) for a grant for training and assessment.  All mountain skills courses are available to members throughout the year with expressions of interest sought from members.

 

 2018

Courses marked ## are now fully booked but enquire about possible vacancies.

October 6 – 7:  Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District

Training opportunities at the AGM weekend include rock climbing (discoverers & improvers), scrambling and courses on navigation, GPS navigation and first aid.

 

 

2019

These courses are shown for information purposes. Booking forms for courses will be available from September 2018. The Office will start taking bookings at this time.

Climbing

January 5 – 11: Training in Single and/or Multi pitch climbing, Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain

An opportunity to develop your technique in single and/or multi pitch climbing with qualified instructors provided by AAC (UK). 8 places with a ratio of 1:4 at a subsidised training cost of £195.  January 6-9th: Instruction in either single or multi pitch climbing, depending on group ability and desire.  January 10-11th: Instructors available to offer advice for self climbing and skills consolidation.

 

 Winter Mountaineering

February 25 – March 1 (Week 1): Training for Winter Mountaineering, Glencoe, West Highlands

For each week’s event, provided by AAC(UK), training in skills and techniques by qualified instructors will be delivered at three levels:
1) Winter Skills (6 places, ratio of 1:6): subsidised cost £90. Learn to develop the skills for safe walking in the UK mountains in winter conditions

2) Winter Mountaineering (8 places, ratio of 1:4 for days 1-2, ratio of 1:2 for days 3-5): subsidised cost £190. Learn and develop technical skills for movement on steep ground and ridges

3) Winter Climbing with two axes (4 places, ratio of 1:4 for day 1, ratio of 1:2 for days 2-5): subsidised cost £210

Increased subsidies are available for Younger Adults (18-24yrs): 6 places, Level 1, cost £52; 4 places, Level 2, cost £100. Members who attended the Winter Training courses at Level 2 in February 2017 or 2018 may wish to progress their skills at Level 2 or Level 3.

 

March 2 (Day 1): Training in Winter Navigation, Glencoe, West Highlands

Each one-day course will deliver training in the additional skills required to navigate safely in winter conditions. The courses run immediately after the two training courses in Winter Mountainering. 6 places, subsidised cost £15. Members must book their own accommodation if needed.

 

March 4 – 8 (Week 2): Training for Winter Mountaineering, Glencoe, West Highlands

Repeat of the February 25 – March 1 course – refer to the information under this entry which applies to this second course. 

 

March 9 (Day 2): Training in Winter Navigation, Glencoe, West Highlands

Repeat of the March 2 course – refer to the information under this entry which applies to this second course.

 

Snow sports

Courses in association with Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms

These courses are shown for information purposes. Booking forms for courses will be available from September 2018. The Office will start taking bookings at this time.

The Alpine Team have prioritised four courses which are likely to benefit members. Courses are run by Glenmore Lodge and are subsidised with grants from AAC(UK) of up to 50%. The course costs (inclusive of subsidy) are listed below. The subsidy does not include accommodation. Accommodation can be booked at the Cairngorm YH which is close by. The snow sports training fund for 2019 is finite, and enquiries will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. (Members can enquire about subsidies for other Glenmore Lodge snow sport courses, and these will be dealt with case by case.)  

 

Discover Off Piste, 3 days, £260

Aimed at those wishing to explore the snow beyond the boundaries of the piste.  You will be coached in your skiing and shown how to adapt to the variable nature of off piste snow. Skills include:  skiing techniques for the whole mountain, equipment selection, emergency procedures and avalanche awareness.

 

Discover Ski Touring 2 days, £148; 5 days, £475

For those wanting a thorough introduction to the sport of ski touring. The aim is to teach whilst on the move, whilst making sure the course balances touring and teaching.  Skills include: movement of skis in ascent and descent, navigation, avalanche awareness, tour planning and equipment selection.

 

Avalanche Awareness for Tourers & Freeriders 2 Days, £113

This course is a must for all Scottish backcountry skiers and boarders, but is also relevant to skiing and boarding in the Alps.  Ideal for those wanting an understanding of the Scottish ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ system of decision making. The course also looks at the snowpack on the hill and discusses how this is influenced by the weather and terrain.

 

Avalanche Awareness, Level 1 & 2  2 Days, £122

Level 1: This course is ideal for those who are novice to winter hill walking, mountaineering, and climbing, or for those wanting to get current good practice. This course is also excellent for holders of the Winter Mountain Leader Award.  Level 2: This course will give you an advanced understanding of the current avalanche aware guidelines, in order to make more informed route choice decisions in complex terrain.

 

Courses taken place: (displayed for reference)

June 4 – 8: Training in Multi-Pitch Climbing, Snowdonia

May 9 – 11: Training in Alpine Movement, Snowdonia

May 12 – 13: Training in Climbing, Peak District, Derbyshire

April 13 – 15: Training in Alpine Movement (Young Adults aged 18 – 24 at the time of course), Snowdonia

April 7 – 8: Training in Climbing, Peak District, Derbyshire

March 3: Training in Winter Navigation, Glencoe, West Highlands

February 26 – March 2: Training for Winter Mountaineering, Glencoe, West Highlands

 


[Updated 17 July 2018]

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