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Learn the winter hiking skills to safely hike in winter conditions. Learn about snow travel, hypothermia, equipment and planning your hike

Designed to supplement the summer hiking skills, the Winter hiking skills builds on those skills and adds winter related topics. This is a mainly practical course in the basics of hiking. The skills learned on this course will help to make you into a confident winter hiker, equipped with the correct knowledge to walk safely in mountainous regions which are alpine enough to require skilled snow, cold and altitude knowledge. We run the course primarily in late winter (July-September) in the Hex River Mountains, or June-August in The Drakensberg.You need to be fit and have some summer overnight hiking experience. Items such as tents, mattresses, stoves and sleeping bags are provided on request, but there is an assumption that you have personal items, including suitable footwear (waterproof).

Topics Covered

  • Equipment care and usage
  • Packing
  • Navigation in winter conditions
  • Nutrition
  • Camp craft
  • Winter weather
  • Common winter hazard avoidance
  • Basic Emergency procedures
  • Winter travel

Photos by @trystanfirman:
Mafadi: Winter conditions on the summit of Mafadi, Kwa Zulu Natal Drakensberg, during a guided hike
Greener Gullies: Exploring other winter climbing around Green Gullies, Southern Hex River Mountains
Argentine Winterland: Ski Touring in The Frey region of Argentinean Patagonia during a guided trip
Cham Strolling: Crossing the upper Valley Blanche glacier, Chamonix

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