/ Winter skills
Can anyone recommend a good winter skills course, where you can learn to use an ice axe and crampons, and navigate in winter conditions? Thanks!
All of the big suppliers do good courses:
Plas Y Brenin - https://www.pyb.co.uk/
Glenmore Lodge - https://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/
Jagged Globe - https://www.jagged-globe.co.uk/
Many others as well.
Or go private guiding with a British Mountain Guide - https://www.bmg.org.uk/activities/. The latter will allow you to tailor what you want and get really focused tuition. Probably just as good value for money as well if there are a couple of you.
If you're under the age of thirty, your first port of call should be to try to secure a place on a winter Conville Course.
I used Cairngorms Adventure Guides last year and can recommend them.
I’ve literally just put our course dates on the site for 19/20. Take a look https://www.highlandascents.co.uk/courses-and-training/winter-skills-winter-summits/
Talisman Mountaineering based in Aviemore in the Cairngorms have been running winter skills courses since the early nineties, so plenty of experience and reliable conditions! See https://www.talisman-activities.co.uk/scottish-winter-skills
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are...
Penmeanach bothy on the Ardnish peninsula near Arisaig will be closed as a public shelter from this autumn. It seems the bothy has become a victim of its own popularity among anti-social visitors.