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Winter Mountain Adventure

15 Feb 2022 - 19 Feb 2022  |  £650

What to Expect

This February I’m teaming up again 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 have a small group - 5 clients, 2 leaders.

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 and snow certainly creates the opportunity to go beyond the usual cliches. We'll be planning to hike a few mountains in the area and timing our ascents for sunrise or sunset if the light looks like it will be in our favour. This will likely mean a bit of hiking in the dark.

Coronavirus

If for whatever reason the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions you will receive a refund in full, including your deposit. You should get travel insurance in case you have coronavirus and are unable to attend last minute (in which case I am afraid I cannot refund, but insurance policies are available to protect you if you are not able to travel due to your own illness).




AT A GLANCE

MountainPhotography
ActivityWalking
PhysicalityHard
Group SizeFive Clients
Duration5 days

Booking

This workshop is fully booked.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary

The itinerary will be entirely flexible with no set plan for the trip. The descriptions below should give you an idea of what typically happens, I've tried to be as honest as possible! There is almost always a couple of days of bad weather and the shooting opportunities can be hard to come by, but when they arrive they are well worth the effort!

Monday (before the workshop starts): Arrive in Glencoe and check into the accomodation that you have booked for yourself. Hopefully some of us can meet up together and I'll call anyone who can't make it to confirm plans for the trip. We can arrange these details well before the trip.

Tuesday: Early start to meet up up with Rich, our mountain leader 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.

Wednesday There's a good forecast from noon so we focus our attention on sunset and getting up a mountain with plenty of time. We meet for coffee and head off at 10am. We stay for twilight and head down in the dark.

Thursday: Terrible weather - we head out anyway for a medium level walk. The weather is so bad we turn back. In the afternoon and evening I run a series of 1-to-1 processing sessions.

Friday: The bad weather continues but with the winds much lighter we get up to the snowline and practice more winter skills. When the cloud breaks we get some incredible glimpses of the mountains that we manage to photograph.

Saturday: We get lucky with the weather forecast and meet at 4.30am to do a mountain hike before sunrise. We shoot in broken cloudy conditions in the afternoon -  we head down before sunset to conclude the workshop by 5pm.

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. Nevertheless after the last two years where many people have lost fitness it might be an idea to do a few walks before the trip!! 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 ski goggles and B2 boots (stiff winter boots that take a crampon). B2 boots are very important because they are MUCH better on snow when not using crampons, the lack of flex means that they can be used to kick steps and take your weight without bending and sliding out of the slope (to be explained on the course!). Crampons and ice axe can be rented cheaply 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 to Glencoe/Fort William. Anyone who doesnt have their own vehicle can get lifts from me, that is no problem.

Accomodation

Accomodation is not included. You should find your own accomodation in the Glencoe/Ballachulish/Kinlochleven area. I will be staying at the Ballachulish Hotel, which is decent enough. 

Payment

This workshop is priced at £650 with a £200 deposit required to book your place. This does not include accomodation, transport or food.

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