WINTER SKILLS SCOTLAND ADVENTURE

23rd-25th February 2024

Ever dreamed of trying your hand at winter mountaineering? Get to grips with the basics alongside your Adventuress fam for a fun weekend of womens winter skills in Scotland

To book please contact info@adventuressinthewild.com

Bookings close Friday 16th February

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£480
  • Member price £430
  • Single room upgrade available

All bookings are subject to our Booking Conditions

To pay members price become a member here

Final balance due 2nd January 2024

ADVENTURE TIME

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DAY 1

  • ARRIVAL

    Check-in to your hotel in the heart of Fort William

3pm Check-in to your hotel where you will be met by your host and Adventuress fam for the weekend. This trip is hosted by AITW Founder Kate who will be there for anything you need for the duration of the trip. We’ll take a walk together through the heart of Fort William to grab our mountaineering kit.

In the evening we will head out to dinner to get to know each other and share the excitement for our coming adventure.

DAY 2

  • LEARNING WINTER SKILLS

    Skills day on the mountain

*Our days on the mountain are always subject to change based on the weather conditions, which can be unpredictable in Scotland at this time of year. The safety of the group is always our main priority*

We will be up bright and early for our Al la carte breakfast before heading to the mountain.

Depending on the weather we will take the UK’s one and only mountain gondola up 650m to reach the snow line, if the weather is clear we will be treated to an amazing view of the valleys and Lochs below.

Now get ready to learn some beginner mountaineering skills! Armed with our mountaineering gear, we’ll be taught essential winter skills, including how to self arrest using an ice axe and how to ascend steep terrain safely in crampons. A lot of our lessons will have us sliding around in the snow and having a giggle in the process.

After a long day we’ll return to the hotel for a rest before heading out to the locally famous Black Isle Bar, a converted old church known for it’s wood fired pizzas, craft beer and organic wines (Optional).

DAY 3

  • WINTER MOUNTAIN HIKING

    Putting our new skills to use

It’ll be another early rise for our hearty breakfast before heading to the hills to put all of our new skills into action.

Given the location of Fort William we will have plenty of trails on our doorstep. The trail chosen will depend on the conditions and our groups ability level.

If the conditions are favourable then we will attempt a summit, but if not we will stick to easier trails, either way expect a challenging day and a great adventure.

Feeling accomplished from our day on the hill, we will head back to Fort William to say our goodbyes to those heading home. If choosing to stay an extra night (optional) then it’ll be time to celebrate, we deserve it!

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accomodation

We will be staying in the quirky and modern 4* Garrison Hotel located at the end of Fort William High Street.

Converted from an old Police Station, the hotel still features some of the old holding cell gates.

The Garrison features a bar, allergy-free rooms, and free WiFi. 

Every room has a desk and a flat-screen TV. All rooms are equipped with a kettle and a private bathroom with a shower, towels, and free toiletries. Each room will come with a welcome bottle of Prosecco. 

Each morning enjoy a boutique style Al la carte breakfast, with a wide range of brunch style classics, pastries, and smoothies.

fort william

The town of Fort William is set in the west Scottish Highlands perched on the shores of the grand Loch Linnhe. Known as the gateway to Ben Nevis (Scotland’s tallest mountain) and end point of the famous ‘West Highland Way’ trail, Fort William is a playground for hill walkers and climbers.

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The town is surrounded by mountain lined trails, with endless photo opportunities wherever you turn

Fort William has plenty of cute cafes and restaurants, along with a bustling High Street with every outdoor shop imaginable (Somebody hide my wallet).

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ESSENTIAL INFO

How to become a member for discounts

To benefit from member’s discounted final payment for this trip and other events see the Adventuress Membership page 

 

Is this a women only trip?

This Womens Winter Skills Weekend provides an encouraging and supportive environment to push comfort zones along side other intrepid souls. We are on a mission to diversify the outdoors and welcome ALL women regardless of age, orientation or background.

Kit list info

To ensure that you get the most out of this adventure we ask that everybody comes fully prepared. Here is some extra info on some items mentioned on the kit list which can be found above.

  • Included in the cost of the trip you will receive an ice axe, B2 boots and crampons. The smallest size shoe rental is a size 4.
  • For your safety you must bring along a climbing helmet to take part in the trip. This is different from cycling or other helmets as they are designed to take multiple impacts from different angles in the event of a rock fall.
  • Not all ‘waterproof jackets’ are waterproof! We recommend that your jacket is GORE-TEX and can stand up to potentially harsh conditions. If you have an old waterproof jacket, give it a check to see if it is still up to the job, as jackets may lose their proofing properties over time. The outer shell should also be windproof and have a hood that can fit over a helmet. The jacket should be breathable so perspiration can escape.
  • ‘Layering’ is key for temperature regulation so that you can remove or add layers if needed.
  • In snowy and wet conditions warm synthetic layers work better than ‘down’ as the down can clump when wet causing cold spots. This can also be caused by the rising of perspiration.
  • Hiking trousers and tops should be made of quick dry synthetic material. Avoid cotton and denim.
  • Merino wool is recommended for thermal layers and socks, as it has great thermo regulating properties, keeping you warm when cold and vice versa!
  • If you own B2 boots that fit crampons then do feel free to bring them, but they will also be provided.
  • Hats should be free of bobbles to fit under the helmet.
  • The white snow can cause a lot of glare which can damage our eyes over time. Come prepared with ski goggles and some UV protection sunglasses.
  • In minus temperatures our fingers are most at risk! Bring enough gloves that you will have a spare pair if one gets too wet.
  • A 30-40 litre backpack is recommended so there is enough room for extra layers and your helmet when it is not in use. Hiking and mountaineering specific backpacks will come with attachments to secure your ice axe when it is not in use. Using ‘dry liners’ over pack covers is highly recommended as the winds can rob you of a pack cover very quickly!
  • Avoid bringing hydration bladders as the tube can easily freeze in minus temperatures. Nalgene bottles are very hardy and can survive most conditions.
  • Your guides will be carrying first aid kits, however it is always recommended to bring your own personal first aid kit including an emergency blanket.
Guaranteed departure?

This trip needs a minimum of 4 Adventuresses to run.

Will the guides be female

*For our trips we love to inspire our Adventuresses with incredible female guides, along with supporting female, non-binary and trans guides in the outdoor industry.

 

Due to availability this isn’t always possible, so in some instances the guides may be male.

 

No matter the gender, all of the guides that we work with support our ethos, and provide a fun and safe environment.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

A good level of physical fitness is required for this trip. You will be hiking uphill for long distances in winter conditions on mountainous terrain. If you’re a confident hill walker and wish to take your experience to the next level then this is the trip for you.

Not recommended for hill walking beginners or those who struggle with ascents, descents or poor weather conditions. If you have historical issues with knee or ankle joints then it is recommended to seek medical advice prior to booking.

 

If we have more than 4-6 Adventuresses booked onto the trip then two guides will be used to give us the option to split into two groups based on ability level on the second day, however this is not a guarantee and a guide can never supervise more than 4-6 Adventuresses at a time.

Do I need travel insurance?

Personal Insurance must be taken out to attend this trip.

 

Cover should include personal injury, emergency medical cover, and cancellation cover. The insurance must cover the specific activity you’re taking part in.

I am nervous to join alone, should I go?

95% of our trips are made up of solo Adventuresses from all over the UK. Everybody admits to feeling nervous during their first adventure, but by the end of your trip you’ll feel like you’ve made friends for life. Bonds are formed very quickly on our adventures, and every trip is introvert friendly!

How extreme is the weather?

You should come expecting typical Scottish winter weather, i.e. snow, wind, rain and high winds. At elevation you can expect temperatures between -1 to -6. 

 

You know what they say…. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. The better prepared you come the more you will get out of the trip, so come very well prepared!

 

The dates chosen are to ensure there is snow on the mountain so you can learn the relevant skills, however due to climate change it is now never a guarantee, but the day will be spent learning valuable mountain skills regardless.

Will we hike Ben Nevis?

Ben Nevis is a challenge that we like to leave to the summer months when the conditions aren’t so extreme.

Where does the trip start and end?

Start: Day 1, 3pm – The Garrison Hotel, Fort William.

End: Day 3, 5:30pm, Fort William.

We will be meeting for check-in time at the hotel. Please ensure that you arrive at this time as we will head to collect our kit after check-in.

Get in touch if you would like for us to arrange extra nights accommodation for you.

Will there be an event chat group?

When booking a trip with us, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to others joining your trip in a Whatsapp group. This is where you can discuss travel options, gear and maybe even get together pre-trip! Your trip host will be in the Whatsapp group to answer any questions you may have, and closer to the date your guide will also be added.

The chat will be opened in the weeks leading up to the trip. Until then feel free to contact us with your questions.

Will I be sharing a room?

You will be sharing a twin room with another Adventuress.

 

Single rooms are subject to availability and can cost anywhere between £100-200 depending on when it is booked.

Getting there

Regular trains run to Fort William from across the UK. The nearest airports are Inverness (INV) or Glasgow (GLA)

 

The Garrison Hotel is a 12 minute walk from the train station.

 

There is free parking at the Garrison Hotel. 

Meals & Hydration

On this trip you will be provided with 2 breakfasts.

 

Lunches and dinners are not included.

 

You will be required to bring packed lunches with you for our days on the hill which can be purchased in Fort William.

 

You will need to bring your own snacks. It is recommended to bring a good mix of high protein and sugar snacks to keep you going on the trail, and to eat often as you will be burning a lot of energy as we go.

 

Our evening meals in town are optional. We always strive to book restaurants with veggie and vegan options available.

 

Although it is winter, mountain hiking is thirsty work! Be sure to bring a minimum of 1 litre of water in a bottle and some hot tea in a flask. Each room comes with a kettle.

How big will the group be?

There will be a maximum of 11 Adventuresses on the trip, with a 1:4-6 guide ratio.

An Adventuress host will also be along for every part of the trip

book now

£480
  • Book with £99 deposit
  • Members Price £430
  • Single room upgrade available

All bookings are subject to Booking Conditions

To pay members price become a member here

Final balance due 2nd January 2024

THE ADVENTURESS VIBE

Lucia LegnaroLucia Legnaro
10:46 02 Apr 24
Re: SEVEN SISTERS EASTER HIKEI had the best time with the best people and the best weather, exploring the best section of the ‘South Downs Way’. Kate Capelli knows what she is doing and I would follow her anywhere. The general vibe was inclusive and warm and friendly, you do not need to be super fit to take part.
Nga DoNga Do
09:06 01 Apr 24
I have been lucky enough to enjoy 3 activities with AITW, 2 of which have been overseas trips! "Adventures" does not even begin to describe the experiences I had on both of my trips with this group. My first trip with AITW was in October/November 2022, and I still have fond memories and friendships that were formed, sharing laughter, conquering challenges, and taking in the beautiful scenery of South Africa. Hiking, yoga, camping, bouldering, and wine tasting were all part of the itinerary, but what wasn't planned was just the awe and feeling I was left with when the trip was over. I had so much fun that I booked another overseas trip in March 2024 to Lapland. I got to try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, a traditional Finnish sauna, and ice dipping. We even got to stay in a cozy cabin where we shared delicious meals, took turns sledding, had a private sauna, and even laughed our way into playing in the snow between sauna breaks. We had 2 wonderful Finnish guides leading us into the beautiful Lapland wilderness, and we got to have lunch at our very own woman-made ice table/bar. Our last night was quite magical, as we got to see the Northern lights for the 2nd time on the trip and were mesmorised by its glow. It was an empowering trip, and Kate takes thoughtful consideration in planning and organising events that promote community support. I can't wait to join another adventure!
Maria CorbalanMaria Corbalan
22:13 31 Mar 24
I can’t recommend Adventuress in the Wild highly enough after an epic week exploring the magical scenery of the Finnish Lapland.We were very lucky to have Kate with us, and I must say I couldn’t possibly think of a better professional travel companion.We also had qualified wilderness guides with us, and again, they were really professional and friendly, and they were adapting to our needs at all times.The accommodation had great views and was really pretty, it also had a fireplace and traditional Finnish sauna, and getting up in the mornings in such a setting was quite a thing.Spent our days hiking in the wilderness, snow shoeing, trying nordic backcountry ski, ice dipping and having yummy home made meals. We also managed to see the northern lights for two nights and had lots of fun as strangers to start with but as friends by the end of the trip.A really empowering experience and I have already booked to go again next year.
Thanh TangThanh Tang
18:58 31 Mar 24
Truely, an amazing trip with a bunch of lovely ladies and two aspiring female wilderness guides. A week packed with fun activities, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hike to the fell for aurora, yoga, sauna/ice dip, laughter, banter, a perfect traditional log cabin in the magical Lapland landscape. My 1st all female group trip and definitely not my last. Experiences are shared, fond memories to look back on and friendships formed. LOVED IT, AITW/Sidetracked thank you!
Amy MaynardAmy Maynard
09:44 31 Mar 24
Kate is incredible! She has a great ethos and works incredibly hard teaming up with group's lead/run by women and making sure everyone is ok. Lapland adventure, was the second overseas trip with Adventuresses and it was phenomenal. The group was hilarious/encouraging and the guides (Sirpa and Lotta), made the trip so special for everyone.
Kristen FraleyKristen Fraley
09:09 31 Mar 24
Still buzzing after a truly wonderful trip to Northern Finland with Kate and Adventuress in the Wild. From start to finish, Kate was really responsive and set the tone for an encouraging and fun space to try new things, take on challenging situations, and have a lot of laughs with a great group of women. Kate provided us with an exceptionally curated week, filled with snow shoe hiking, cross country skiing, ice dipping and even seeing the northern lights in our PJs!Would absolutely recommend AITW to anyone after an adventure!
ClaireClaire
17:14 29 Feb 24
I’ve just come back from an absolutely fantastic winter skills weekend up in the snowy Scottish highlands with Adventuress in the wild.It was a perfect weekend from the outset!Kate, the founder of adventuress in the wild and our mountain leader, Charlie , immediately put you at ease going through the itinerary for the weekend.On the Saturday Charlie introduced us to the lovely Scottish winter and what it had to offer. We learnt how to make wise decisions, use crampons, use ice axes and generally have lots of fun safely in the snow!On the Sunday we put all of the skills we had learnt the day before to good use as we hiked up a snowy mountain…and oh boy…the views were unreal!We were very very lucky with the weather and I felt I was living a dream. The memories I have made from the weekend will last a lifetime. My only regret is that it didn’t last longer as I was definitely not ready to come home!Thank you to Kate, Charlie, Gaby and Jean for making the trip so memorable. It won’t be the last trip I take with Adventuress in the wild!
Nese ZorbaNese Zorba
10:55 16 Feb 24
I have just finished the 4 week bouldering course with Kate and it was so helpful in getting me into bouldering. She really eases you into it and the course is layed out really well. Kate is an amazing instructor as she takes the time to learn about you and doesnt just coach you on the physical side but the mental side too which for me was the main obstacle for me progressing. By the time I had my 2nd session with her I was a lot less shakey and from the very first session I was able to complete climbs. She pushes you outside your comfort zone yet not so much that it puts you off bouldering completely. In such a small amount of time Ive seen so much progress in my bouldering and having all the techniques she has taught me under my belt I now feel confident enough to enter a bouldering gym on my own.
Lucy LLucy L
15:30 15 Feb 24
I recently completed the 4-week bouldering beginners course. It was a great way to learn all the basic techniques and lingo. I feel more confident going bouldering by myself or joining social climbs now. Kate is a great instructor and made the sessions fun. I would definitely recommend it if you are new to or returning to bouldering!
SafiyaSafiya
10:00 15 Feb 24
I took Kate's beginner level 4 week long course and I cant recommend it highly enough. Kate covers everything from climbing lingo to techniques that are invaluable to climbing efficiently. She is encouraging and patient and you get to meet and climb with other amazing women!
NatalieNatalie
14:41 11 Feb 24
Kate is a great instructor, she is patient and explains things so clearly. Have learnt a lot with the bouldering classes and increased my confidence with bouldering.
Irina TamIrina Tam
17:33 05 Sep 23
Kate is a great trip organiser, very knowledgeable, experienced and skilled. Her trips are amazing, always include interesting and adventurous activities!I definitely recommend!I went to New Forest and Jurassic coast trips and it was amazing!
Jaimie WilliamsJaimie Williams
13:36 04 Sep 23
Kate plans everything needed to make Adventuress trips smooth and hassle-free, making a chilled weekend away so easy. Always meet great people too, such a nice vibe xx
Liza Aberkane BarrancoLiza Aberkane Barranco
11:27 17 Jul 23
100% recommend for all levels. I was an absolute beginner but felt so supported and welcomed for both hiking and camping. A fun community that is open and safe for all. The best views and guide!
Savannah BettsSavannah Betts
19:48 29 Jun 23
Had a great time during the adventuress weekend on the Jurassic coast with Kate and Lisa. Great organisation, communication, and felt really well looked after. They managed to cater to all experience levels, and just create good vibes all around. A brilliant way to meet new adventure pals!
Victoria WeaverVictoria Weaver
19:45 26 Jun 23
Absolutely epic experience!! Hiking the most amazing scenery on the Jurassic coast with a bunch of awesome women is something I will not forget quickly. Brilliant host. Very friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Cant wait to do more hiking!
Kim BishKim Bish
11:15 26 Jun 23
Best girl gang an adventurer can join, whether you're a beginner or experienced in travelling! I put my trust in Kate for my first ever weekend hike, & I'm so glad I did.
NicolaNicola
09:27 26 Jun 23
I had the most amazing week of my life on an expedition to the Pyrenees with Adventuress in the Wild and 360 Expeditions. I had never travelled solo before and was so nervous to go on an expedition with a group of people I’d never met. Adventuress couldn’t have been better, Kate made sure everyone was happy throughout the trip. She took the time to speak with everyone on the trip and answered any concerns we had. She kept us all up to date in the WhatsApp chat and put a packing list in the chat each day to help us know what to pack for the days activities.The group were amazing, everyone was so lovely and we all really bonded over the week. It was a week filled with smiles and laughter, we all supported and cheered each other on as we tried new and challenging things outwith our comfort zones. I absolutely cannot wait to book more activities with adventuress and genuinely recommend them to everyone!
Anna AlcaideAnna Alcaide
21:49 04 Apr 23
I attended the course "Confidence Outdoors" and I enjoyed a lot. Kate is creating a very comfortable atmosphere and she is providing a complete course both, for beginners and more advance hikers. Key information provided and also, detailed replies to all questions. Now I feel I have all the important tools to go ahead in my future hikes. I would highly recommend this course.
Michelle VenablesMichelle Venables
21:43 04 Apr 23
Highly Recommend!I wanted to make a positive change and to go out and meet new people with similar interests and to build my confidence and self-esteem. I’d always loved walking and hiking but never felt I knew enough to do it on my own (or even if it was something you could do solo!) Then I came across Adventuress in the Wild. Kate’s Confidence Outdoors course was exactly what I was looking for.The course included subjects like: planning your own hike and creating your own route; keeping safe and how to deal with emergencies; choosing kit and equipment; multi-day camping and backpacking and then the option of going on a hike and meeting all the people on the course in the final week.I was very nervous to go on my own but I didn’t need to be; I was instantly put at ease. Kate is very friendly and welcoming and all the ladies attending were great. It was a really lovely day and Kate was a brilliant guide.I’d put planning solo hikes off, but now armed with my new knowledge and confidence, I’m looking forward getting out there.Kate, thank you. I also can’t wait to go on more of your hikes soon.
Madeleine HammondMadeleine Hammond
20:55 04 Apr 23
Kate is a fantastic guide and leader. I feel inspired and motivated to undertake more treks, which as an inexperienced woman who wants to get more outdoorsy feels so empowering. However, my favourite part is the adventuress community - I have done both the compass navigation and confidence outdoors courses, and the community that Kate has an integral role in developing of Adventuresses feels like a truly welcoming, supportive environment. I’ve already booked onto more adventuress walks - if you’re not sure, just sign up!
Eleonora PasselliEleonora Passelli
08:00 04 Apr 23
I've been thinking about joining this group for so long and I'm so glad I finally did! So nice to get out of London with some likeminded, friendly people. Kate is a great guide, very knowledgeable and always making sure everyone feels welcome. I also like that there are a lot of options, from day hikes to overseas trips to bouldering. Very highly recommended!
Annie SmithAnnie Smith
06:11 04 Apr 23
I’ve had such a brilliant time on my days with the adventuress gang! I did a couple of hikes in January and the confidence outdoors course in March. Kate is very experienced and knowledgeable, and creates a really relaxed and friendly environment. It’s a lovely way to meet like-minded people whilst exploring some beautiful places and building confidence to go it alone at some point. Highly recommend!
Rebecca MacDonaldRebecca MacDonald
13:17 14 Mar 23
Such a great community to be a part of! I'm new to town, so I was nervous to start coming out, but Kate and the girls made me feel welcome right away. I now attend the hikes and bouldering and beer sessions regularly. The group that turns up is always a mix of new and familiar faces, and everyone receives that same warm welcome. Getting outside is medicine for me. Getting outside with other women is even more so. For any women looking to get into nature more and meet other women who like doing the same, I can't recommend this group enough!
Sarah BattenSarah Batten
16:14 12 Mar 23
I had a fantastic time hiking in Epping Forest with such lovely friendly people. Kate is a brilliant guide and is so welcoming - I felt very welcome attending on my own. Such a great way of getting out into the countryside and escaping London! Highly recommended.
Andreea CraciunAndreea Craciun
19:14 13 Feb 23
Kate is a great guide and she's managed to create an amazing community of women around her. The hikes she organizes are not only a way of exploring London and its surroundings, but also to connect to other people. 10/10 would recommend
Miri GlogerMiri Gloger
08:23 19 Jan 23
Such a vibe! I was pretty stoked when I first found Adventuresses and even more so now that I have attended a few events. Kate is a great guide, always full of fun facts about nature and making sure everyone feels safe and welcome. What I love most though is the community, a bunch of cool chicks you get to hike/climb and have a drink with. Thanks for creating this, you'll be seeing my face a lot :)P.S. make sure to join one of the abroad adventures, it was truly an experience of a lifetime 😍
Effie ParaskevopoulouEffie Paraskevopoulou
19:29 02 Jan 23
I've joined several adventures with Adventuress in the Wild, and I can confidently say that they are life changing experiences. As someone who moved to the UK, they gave me the opportunity to explore the outdoors around London and meet new people in a safe, friendly environment.Kate is a very experienced and organised guide, and she has created a platform that empowers women in many ways. I couldn't recommend them more.

Conquer your mountains

Adventuress is all about pushing your boundaries to experience life beyond your comfort zone

What’s waiting for you there? A sense of empowerment that’ll leave you filled with confidence, and the realisation that you have it in you to achieve more than you ever imagined

Our guides and members of the community are super supportive, and above all we love to have fun. Laughter is 100% guaranteed

Our ethos

We recognise that some of you do not feel like you are represented in the world of outdoor pursuits, so we are on a mission to show that the outdoors is for everybody, so lets get out there and have some amazing adventures