Training – UK Courses

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Training Opportunities in the UK

AAC(UK) is providing grants for Winter and Summer training through external providers, as detailed below. Grants are available for members renewing in 2022 and with membership in 2020 and/or 2021. 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.

Autumn Courses:

AAC(UK) has arranged for an external provider to deliver the following Climbing courses:

Climbing (All But Essential Travel)

The Club has arranged a series of 2-day climbing courses, which will focus on those who wish to gain the essential skills to get started and for those who would like to learn to lead.

Introductory Course: Ratio 1:6 (Day 1), 1:2 (Day 2)

25 – 26 September (Saturday – Sunday), Hathersage, Peak District

Location: Peak District or North Wales

Price: £160 pp (£50 grant, YAs £60)

Learn to lead Course: Ratio 1:2

2 – 3 October (Saturday – Sunday), Llanberis, North Wales

9 – 10 October (Saturday – Sunday), Hathersage, Peak District

Location: Peak District or Snowdonia

Price: £245 pp (£80 grant, YAs £95 grant)

Once your place is confirmed with the provider, the AAC(UK) grant application form is at the top of this page.

 

Winter Courses:

Winter Hill Skills and Mountaineering Training Opportunities in the UK

AAC(UK) has arranged for an external provider to deliver courses in winter hills skills and mountaineering.  Participants will need to book their own accommodation in Fort William or Glencoe, ideally at the same venue (to be advised).

Jan 31 – Feb 4 Mon-Fri or

Mar 7 – Mar 11 Mon-Fri

Training in skills and techniques will be delivered at two levels

Winter Hill Skills

(6 or 12 places, ratio 1:6): full cost £350pp (£115 grant, YAs £140 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 £575pp (£190 grant, YAs £230 grant).  Learn and develop the technical skills for movement on steep ground and ridges.

Once your place is confirmed with the provider, the AAC(UK) grant application form is at the top of this page.

 

Snowsports courses in association with Glenmore Lodge (GL)

AAC(UK) have identified 2- , 3- and 5-day variants of four courses which are likely to benefit members. Grants are available for each course listed below, through the winter season. Other GL courses may be considered for grants on a case by case basis.

Members can choose any dates throughout Winter 2022

Off Piste Skiing

3 days. £140 grant (£165 YAs).

Develop a strong ski foundation, allowing you to tackle whatever the mountain throws at you.

Off Piste Skiing (next level)

3 days. £140 grant (£165 YAs).

Develop your technique, allowing you to excel in more challenging terrain.

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.

Learn Ski Touring

2 days. £100 grant (£120 YAs).

Mixing guiding and instruction to build a solid ski tour foundation.

Learn Ski Touring

5 days. £210 grant (£250 YAs).

Mixing guiding and instruction, this will give you a solid foundation in ski touring.

Learn Ski touring (next level)

2 days. £100 grant (£120 YAs).

For the ski tourer looking to venture into the wilder side of the mountains.

Learn Ski Touring (next level)

5 days £210 grant (£250 YAs).

For the ski tourer looking to venture onto steeper slopes, both in ascent and descent.

Once your place is confirmed with the provider, the AAC(UK) grant application form is at the top of this page.

 

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.


Disclaimer

Climbing, hill and country walking, hiking, scrambling, mountain biking, mountaineering, klettersteig and snow sports (and any other similar activities) (the “Activities”) organised by Austrian Alpine Club (UK) (“AAC(UK)”) are physically challenging and carry risks that AAC(UK) cannot entirely eliminate. These include the risk of personal injury or death. In taking part in the Activities you acknowledge and accept these risks, being responsible for your own actions, involvement, health condition and safety.  All event participants must follow any safety warnings or instructions displayed or given to them by a leader or organiser (and ask a leader or organiser if anything is unclear). In the absence of any breach of duty by AAC(UK), participation in the Activities is entirely at participants’ own risk.


[Updated 21 September 2021]

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