Winter Mountain Skills for Runners - February and March 2017

Learn how to be safe in the mountains during the winter months. 

There is a special mystique to running in the mountains in winter, the snow is such a magical transformation, yet it can be very dangerous unless you possess the necessary skills to look after yourself. 

Mountain Run is based at the head of the Glenridding Valley giving us perfect access to Helvellyn and the Red Tarn Bowl. We have the most reliable winter conditions in the Lake District. 

We upload regular Winter Conditions Reports to our website, Facebook Page and YouTube Channel and spend the whole year waiting for winter conditions to arrive, once they have gone. 

Dates for courses: 

  • 24th January 2017 - CANCELLED due to no winter conditions
  • 25th January 2017 - CANCELLED due to no winter conditions
  • 7th February 2017
  • 8th February 2017
  • 28th February 2017
  • 1st March 2017
  • 7th March 2017
  • 8th March 2017
  • 21st March 2017

Booking Details:

Course Duration: 

09:30 to 15:30

What you learn: 

  • What equipment to take & how to use it
  • Self arrest with an ice axe
  • How to run in different types of running crampons
  • Different techniques of ascending and descending snow slopes
  • An understanding of snow pack and conditions
  • General safety in the mountains during winter. 
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Red Tarn Bowl from the col on Striding Edge on an perfect alpine day in the Lakes - ©MountainRun

Course Details: 

  • Meet at Bell Cottage (NY 367 174)
  • Have a quick chat about conditions, equipment and skills. 
  • Head out to the Red Tarn or Brown Cove Bowl to practice. (Other local area's might be used, depending on snow cover)
  • Work on skills on route. 
  • You will also get the opportunity to get a run in the snow!


  • Clothing to run in during the day (Tights, Base Layer, Mid Layer, Neck Gaiter, Hat, Gloves, Buff)
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers - These must be taped seems
  • Primaloft Jacket and Trousers - We will be spending time standing around, sliding on snow and more. You will need extra clothing to stay warm. 
  • Extra hat and gloves or mitts
  • Balaclava
  • Goggles
  • Light weight mountaineering axe
  • MicroSpikes and or Flexible Running Crampons
  • Light weight helmet
  • Good quality head torch with 150 lumens light output minimum. 

If you don't possess some of the above equipment, then please let us know. We do have a pool of equipment, but it is limited. 

We do have Kahtoola MicroSpikes and KTS Steels for hire at a cost of £5 per pair. We also have a selection of Salewa Axe's and Helmets should you not possess these as well at a cost of £5 each. 

Our Credentials: 

Mountain Run have a wealth of experience in the mountains. We have planned many Mountain Marathon and Trail Running events since 2011, including the SLMMGL3DMarmot Dark MountainsMarmot 24Berghaus Trail ChaseRab Mountain Marathon and the Keswick Mountain Festival Trail Races since 2014. 

We are seasoned trail, mountain and fell runners. We climb in summer and winter, ski when the snow it good enough and enjoy all the mountain activities we can. We also love to mix up all the sports we love to travel fast and light in the mountains!

Helvellyn is our back yard, we know this area like the back of our hands and spend many days and nights running, climbing and skiing here. We also plan and direct the Lakes Sky Ultra in and around these valleys, using Swirral and Striding Edges amongst other technical ridges and area's for the course. This is England's most technical mountain trail race!

Minimum course numbers are 2, maximum are 5. 

We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not hit the minimum numbers. We also reserve the right to stop you from attending the course if you do not possess the correct clothing and/or equipment.

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