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Winter Navigation

1 Day Course

Is It For Me? Course Prerequisites:

Want to brush up on your navigation before the winter season starts or are you after helpful tips and tricks to help you deal with the white room and make you a more confident and safer navigator.


This one day course is aimed at fully winterising your navigation skills.  Here on the West coast of Scotland we have some of the most varied and challenging navigational terrain anywhere in the UK our expert instructors are used to dealing with whatever the weather throws at them and are keen to pass this knowledge onto you. This course offers a much more comprehensive look at winter navigation than our others and is perfect for people looking to take their skills to the next level.

To get the most out of the course we recommend that you have some summer and winter hill walking experience.  This course assumes basic competence as a summer navigator and winter hill walker (including having used an axe and crampons). The course will be practical and hill based but may start with confirmation of core skills locally.

Course Aims

This course will introduce you to the skills required for confident and competent navigation in winter poor visibility conditions.

Course Content & Costs

This course runs with a instructor/client ratio of no more than 1:6. Your instructor will speak to you prior to the course to discuss everyone’s’ aspirations and abilities to allow him to plan the programme around this.

The main topics to be covered are:

  • Ground to map and map to ground interpretation skills including contour interpretation
  • Use of compass for taking and following bearings
  • Distance measuring
  • Navigation strategies for poor visibility conditions
  • Relocation skills
  • Route planning to avoid hazards such as avalanche prone slopes and hidden water hazards
  • A limited amount of technical input on walking with ice axe and crampons where required

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

Course Dates and Prices

We are running open courses over the following dates this winter these are a great way to learn with a group to improve your navigation and are at a maximum instructor to student ratio of 1:6

  • 19th Jan 
  • 16th Feb 
  • 16th March

These courses need a minimum of 2 people to run and costs £105 per person

If these dates don’t suit, or you want a specifically tailored course we can offer private guiding to suit your need (Please see the private guiding page for rates).

Enquire today to book this course by calling 01855 831100 or email


Ready to take your winter navigation skills to the next level?

Complete the enquiry form below or call us on: 01855 831100.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that activities run, occasionally we may need to cancel activities due to dangerous or unsuitable conditions. We will endeavour to give as much notice as is practically possible. Occasionally activities may fail to reach a feasible minimum number. In these circumstances we will ensure you receive at least 7 days notice. In the event of cancellation by us for the above reasons, you will be offered either a full refund or an alternative date for the course.

Booking By Phone:

A deposit of 50% of the course fee is required on booking any course with the balance due 30 day’s prior to the course date. If booking within 30 days the full fee is payable on booking.

Booking Online:

Full payment required at the time of booking.

Teaching, Coaching and Development

Instruction, Coaching and Development are provided by Ice Factor Ltd.

Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

Can’t find a date or time to suit? 

Give our friendly team a wee call on 01855 831100 anytime between 9am-6pm as we often have additional availability on site. 

Have a great day. We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Ice Factor Team