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 Award Grants (external providers)

The AAC(UK) 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.



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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.




Winter Mountaineering – Cancelled

The AAC(UK) is looking to offer grants to members for equivalent Winter training with recognised training providers, (as per the snow sports training below). A decision will be made for Winter Training Grants by 29th September. All members will be informed of the decision by email.

Snow sports

Courses in association with Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms

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 and the level of grant members can receive are listed below. The course cost does not include accommodation. Accommodation can be booked with Glenmore Lodge or 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.

Course cost: £410 Grant: £150

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/ 5 days

Course cost: £295/ £625 Grant: £147/ £150

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.

Course cost: £225 Grant: £112

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.

Course cost: £245 Grant: £112

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


[Updated 18 September 2018]

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