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Guided Hill Walking and Mountain Skills Training

James Orpwood Mountaineering provides guided summer hill walking, guided winter hill walking, a range of navigation and hill skills courses, and winter skills courses for individuals and small groups in Scotland, from the Cairngorms to Ben Nevis and beyond.

Whether you want to climb your first Munro, tick off a classic round of Munros, tackle a Cairngorms giant in the depths of winter, climb Ben Nevis, learn or brush up on your navigation skills, learn the essential skills to keep you safe in winter, enjoy a few days in the hills, or even take a low-level walk to spot some local wildlife and take in some natural history and culture, we have something for you.

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The Scottish Government has recently published a route map for moving out of lockdown. This is a phased approach, and I will be able to offer my services again once we reach Phase 3 - when travel beyond the local area will be permitted, together with a relaxation of restrictions on accommodation providers.

At this stage it is not possible to put a date on when Phase 3 will be reached, but I am hopeful we will be able to get out again later this summer, when measures will be in place to follow appropriate guidelines regarding social distancing.

For the time being, please continue to follow Government guidelines, and stay safe. Thank you for your continued understanding and patience during this difficult time.

James Orpwood, 27/05/2020.

Dates for our summer courses are now on our website and available to book. Choose from our 1-day Introduction to Mountain Navigation course, our 2-day Intermediate Mountain Navigation course, or our 3-day Hill & Mountain Skills course. Further details and booking information.

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