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Winter Mountain Adventure

18 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021  |  £690

What to Expect

This February I’m teaming up with Winter Mountain Leader Rich ‘Mountain’ Pyne to offer a photography workshop like no other. This trip is half photography workshop half winter skills course. Not only will you expand your photographic horizons but you will also learn how to travel safely in the winter mountains. We'll also have a tiny group - 3 clients, 2 leaders (unless restrictions change then there will be up to 5 clients)

The winter skills portion of this course will teach you all you need to know to become a confident winter walker. This will include: boot and crampon technique, ice axe use and self-arrest, winter specific equipment advice, weather interpretation and avalanche awareness. Rich has a stellar professional reputation and, aside from his extensive experience, he's a lot of fun!

Photographically Glencoe is spectacular in winter. We'll be aiming to conquer a few mountains in the area and aiming our ascents for sunrise or sunset if the light looks like it will be in our favour.

Coronavirus



Due to coronavirus restrictions we will need to use separate vehicles so you will need to arrange your own transport. Similarly we will be arranging our own accomodation, so this course takes place exclusively during the day. In the evenings I will be running image critiques and processing sessions via Zoom, so it is important that you bring your own laptop. When we are in the mountains we will be following the current coronavirus guidelines.




AT A GLANCE

MountainPhotography
ActivityWalking
PhysicalityHard
Group SizeThree Clients
Duration5 days

Booking

Please pay the deposit to reserve your spot.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary

The itinerary will be entirely flexible with no set plan for the trip. The plan below should give you an idea!

Sunday: Arrive in Glencoe and check into the accomodation that you have booked for yourself - evening zoom call with everyone to discuss plans for the next day and week.

Monday: Early start to meet up and go for a mountain hike - bad weather sets in so we get up to the snowline and do some winter skills - return before dark.

Tuesday: There's a good forecast for sunset so we focus on getting up a mountain with plenty of time, we stay for twilight and head down in the dark.

Wednesday: We do an easy hill and shoot in broken cloudy conditions in the afternoon - more winter skills.

Thursday: Terrible weather - we spend the morning doing a structured processing session and then visit some of Glencoe's low level photography locations.

Friday: We get lucky with the forecast on the final day - sunrise looks likely so we meet at 4.30am for a big final day shooting sunrise on the mountain. Workshop concludes mid-afternoon, or if there is a sunset...after sunset.

Fitness and Experience

You should have done a mountain or two in the past and have reasonable overall fitness but you don’t need to be an athlete. More important than fitness is enthusiasm and a sense of adventure! We are likely to be out all day in the cold and if rolling around in the snow practicing self-arrest techniques sounds like fun this could be the trip for you!



Equipment 

You should provide your own winter walking kit. Clothing should include baselayers, mid-layers, a down jacket and full waterproofs (jacket and trousers). You will also require B2 boots (stiff winter boots that take a crampon). Crampons and ice axe can be rented from myself or Richard and in Fort William (as can B2 boots but it is preferable to have your own).

I would recommend keeping camera kit simple – an SLR, a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens, filters and a tripod.

 



Transport

You will need to arrange your own transport.

Accomodation

You should find your own accomodation in the Glencoe/Ballachulish/Kinlochleven area.

Payment

This workshop is priced at £690 with a £300 deposit required to book your place. This does not include transport, accomodation or food.

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