Wales winter magic

hen winter comes around most walkers retreat down to the lowlands because of the high cost of additional equipment and lack of experience and training. By doing so they miss some of the most memorable days to be had high in the British hills. High Trek have designed a flexible winter package which provides all specialist equipment and combines training in necessary winter skills with a light-hearted holiday at our base in Snowdonia's high mountains. After dinner on your first evening, we'll give you a little talk on types and uses of equipment and you can adjust your crampons to fit your boots.
Winter walker, winter walking climbing and mountaineering
Quality Instruction
Fresh air and freedom
Fitness and experience
Private guiding and instruction
More information
Dates & Prices
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Quality Instruction Every day our mini bus will take you and your qualified leader to your walk (if you're not walking from the door). He'll give you tuition in the use of crampons and ice axes, finding safe slopes to practice self arrest and show you how to ascend and descend snow slopes safely. He'll teach you about avalanche awareness and you can have fun learning how to build snow holes and shelters and practicing the techniques of navigation when all but the contours are blurred by snow. 

Fresh Air & Freedom We never forget that it's your holiday and there'll be time to take photos, enjoy the spectacular views or simply relish the clean air and freedom of the mountains. Of course we can't guarantee snow, but we can promise three days of fabulous walking and there's usually more than enough snow around for winter techniques' practice. We're never short of suggestions for a good day in the mountains and, whatever the weather conditions, we'll have plenty of choices to offer you from classic ridges to our own favourite scrambles. 

Equipment You'll only need to bring warm clothes and a pair of strong crampons, Winter walking climbing and moutaineering walking boots. We provide jackets and overtrousers, rucksacks, maps, compass, gaiters, ice axe, crampons, helmet, torch - even mitts and hat - all in the cost of your holiday. Very bendy walking boots are not suitable for holding crampons - if this is the case with yours be prepared to hire some.
See winter clothing suggestions for further details
Fitness & Experience For maximum enjoyment of this holiday we recommend that guests have some experience of walking in the British hills, a fair head for heights and, since winter mountain walking is a fairly strenuous activity, a reasonable level of fitness.
Private Guiding & Instruction These can be easily arranged for both winter walking and snow & ice climbing especially mid-week. Just ask! For current instruction and accommodation rates see the Private instruction page.
Dates & Prices 
We will not be offering scheduled catered courses this year but Ian is available for guiding and instruction. 

Cost is ?160 per day for up to 2 people, ?20 extra per person beyond that, for instruction and  equipment (apart from boot hire)

If you prefer to keep the cost down and be in a ready made group let Ian know your dates and we will try to team you up with others.

We can also offer self catered accommodation to those on our courses in either the house or barn see www.snowdonia-cottage.co.uk 

Other relevant pages:
How to stop with an ice axe 
How to build an emergency snow shelter  
Press article
Winter Photo Gallery 
Winter Clothing
Boots/crampon compatibility
Winter Diary 2003  2004  2005  2006
Current winter course photo's

Latest winter weekend photos

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Revised: January 24, 2012
High Trek Snowdonia
Tal y Waen

LL55 3NA
Tel:01286 871232
Email mail@hightrek.co.uk