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.


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 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 has arranged an external provider, OranjeBergsport, to provide courses in winter hills skills and mountaineering.

March 8 – 12:  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 (5 or 10 places, ratio 1:5): 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 www.glenmorelodge.org.uk 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). Ski tour techniques, avalanche awareness and navigation advice.

 

Alpine Preparation (Climbing 4 All)

These 3-day courses are aimed at those who wish to travel to the Alps for the first time as well as those who need to refresh their skills. Key areas covered will include rope work for glaciers and flexible movement on rock along with equipment and clothing to enable members to move quickly and confidently in the Alpine environment.

The ratio is 1:6 on Day 1, with a ratio of 1:3 on Days 2/3

The lead instructor will be Nick Kekus (IFMGA)

1 – 3 May (Saturday – Monday), Course 1

29 – 31 May (Saturday – Monday), Course 2

Location: Glenridding, Lake District

Price: £220 pp (£70 grant, YAs £90 grant)

Please note: members should submit a booking form to Climbing4All and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AAC(UK) Office for a grant. (Grant application form at the top of the page).  

 

Scrambling: Learn to Lead (Will 4 Adventure)

The Alpine team has arranged for separate external providers to deliver the following courses:

These 2-day courses, with a ratio of 1:2, will focus on developing the skills and confidence to tackle harder and more committing routes (grades 2/3). The use of ropework and associated gear placement to safeguard short pitches in ascent and descent will be key skills covered during these courses, with members taking the lead.

17 – 18 (Thursday – Friday) June (2 courses)

19 – 20 (Saturday – Sunday) June (2 courses)

Location: Snowdonia

Price: £185 pp (£60 grant, YAs £75 grant)

Those attending the courses on 17 – 18 June might choose to stay on over the weekend of 19 – 20 June to consolidate their newly acquired skills independently.

Please note: members should submit a booking form to Will4Adventure and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AAC(UK) Office for a grant. (Grant application form at the top of the page).

 

Climbing (All But Essential Travel)

The Club is looking to arrange 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)

Price: £160 pp (£50 grant, YAs £60) 

Learn to lead Course: Ratio 1:2

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

Dates: TBC

Location: Peak District or Snowdonia

Please note: members should submit a booking form to the provider and wait until they have a confirmed place before applying to the AAC(UK) Office for a grant. (Grant application form 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.

 


[Updated 23 February 2021]

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