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.



Winter Training Opportunities in the UK

In 2019, AAC(UK) will be providing grants for Winter Mountaineering, Winter Climbing and Snow Sports training through external providers, as detailed below. Courses are run by Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin. Higher grants are available for young adult (YAs) members (18-24 yrs old at the time of the course).

Members will need to complete a ‘UK External Provider Grant Application Form’ which can be found near the top of this page, and send this to the Office. The number of grants is strictly limited for each course, and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Once approval is given, members will need to book and pay for their chosen course directly with Glenmore Lodge or Plas y Brenin, choosing dates to suit. After completion of the course, members will receive their grant from the Office (proof of attendance will be required).  Members can enquire about grants for other courses, and these will be dealt with case by case.

Winter mountaineering and climbing courses in association with Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin

The Alpine Team have identified winter training courses available through Plas y Brenin (PyB) or Glenmore Lodge (GL), as shown below. AAC(UK) can offer the grants indicated.

Winter skills, 5 days, – £110 grant (£138 grant YAs)

GL Winter Skills (introduction/advanced)
PyB Scottish Winter Hillwalking


Winter mountaineering, 5 days – £120 grant (£150 grant YAs)

GL Winter Mountaineering (introduction)
PyB Scottish Winter Mountaineering


Winter Climbing, 5 days – £170 grant (£212 grant YAs)

GL Winter Climbing (introduction) and Winter Lead Climbing (intermediate)
PyB Scottish Introduction to Winter Climbing


Snow sports courses in association with Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms

The Alpine Team have prioritised four courses which are likely to benefit members. The grants available for each course are listed below.

Discover Off Piste, 3 days – grant: £150 (£187 for YAs)

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 – grant: £147/£150 (£185/£187 for YAs)

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 – grant: £112 (£140 YAs)

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 – grant: £112 (£140 for YAs)

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)

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

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 06 November 2018]

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