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.

Winter Training Opportunities in the UK

AAC(UK) is providing grants for Winter Hill Skills, Winter Mountaineering and Snow Sports training through external providers, as detailed below. Grants are available for members renewing in 2021 and with membership in 2019 and/or 2020. Higher grants are available for young adult (YAs) members (18-24 yrs old at the time of the course). Grants are approx. 33 per cent of the cost of courses (excluding board and accommodation), and approx. 40 per cent for young adults.

Winter Hill Skills and Mountaineering

The Alpine Team have commissioned an external provider, OranjeBergsport, to provide courses in winter hills skills and mountaineering.

February 1 – 5:  Fort William, West Highlands

Topping out Dorsal Arete – Robert Townsend

This event will deliver training in skills and techniques at two levels:

Winter Hill Skills (6 or 12 places, ratio 1:6): full cost £330pp (£110 grant, YAs £130 grant). Learn and develop the key winter skills for safe walking in the UK mountains in winter conditions.

Winter Mountaineering (4 or 8 places, ratio 1:4 first two days &1:2 final three days): full cost £550pp (£180 grant, YAs £220 grant). Learn and develop the technical skills for movement on steep ground and ridges

Please note: members should submit an application form to OranjeBergsport and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AACUK Office for a grant.

NB: Participants will need to book their own accommodation in Fort William.


Snow sports courses in association with Glenmore Lodge

The Alpine Team have identified 2- and 5-day variants of three courses which are likely to benefit members. Grants are available for each course listed below.  Other GL courses may be considered for grants on a case by case basis. Members can find detailed information on the Glenmore Lodge website and/or by contacting the AAC(UK) Office.

Discover Back Country Skiing

2 days. £100 grant (£120 YAs).  Introduction to back country ski techniques and skills.


Develop Back Country Skiing

5 days. £210 grant (£250 YAs). Improve your ski technique, so that you can begin ski touring.


Develop Ski Touring

2 days. £100 grant (£120 YAs). Mixing guiding and instruction to build a ski tour foundation.


Develop Ski Touring

5 days. £210 grant (£250 YAs). Mixing guiding and instruction, this will give you a solid foundation in ski touring.


Ski Touring Skins and Skills

2 days. £100 grant (£120 YAs). For those with some ski touring experience, looking to operate more independently.


Ski Touring Skins and Skills

5 days £210 grant (£250 YAs). Skitour techniques, avalanche awareness and navigation advice.


UK Training Award Grants (external providers)

The AAC(UK) offers grants for Training Awards offered by external providers. For example, if you are registered on any Mountain Training qualification programme, you can apply to the AAC(UK) for a grant for training and assessment.

First Aid Training Award Grants for Organisers and Leaders of Club Activities

Grants are available for first aid training for all Club activity organisers and leaders.  The grant is for a 16 hour, 2-day outdoor NGB (National Governing Body) recognised course (e.g. REC, ITC) and is up to a value of £125.

First aid training is required for leaders of overseas tours, and is encouraged for leaders of day walks, leaders of mountain bike rides and UK meet organisers.


[Updated 26 October 2020]

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2021 Membership will be valid from midnight (UK time) on the day of processing up to 31 December 2021.

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