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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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Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, all activities offered by James Orpwood Mountaineering have been cancelled or postponed until at least the end of April 2020. Going forwards, activities scheduled for May 2020 and beyond will be reviewed in light of the developing situation, taking into account the most up to date advice from the Government, the Mountaineering Councils, and the actions of other organisations and providers. All clients with existing bookings will be contacted, and those affected will be offered either a full refund or a chance to move their booking to a later date. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

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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