Winter Mountaineering Course

We invest in our staff training so that you get the very best expert advice around when it comes to choosing your outdoor gear.

Our staff are already incredibly knowledgeable, but our courses, such as the Winter Mountaineering Course allow them to develop their skills, giving them a greater understanding as to how well chosen gear can make all the difference. This knowledge and expertise is then passed on to you, so you know you are getting the very best from everyone at Cotswold Outdoor.

For four years running we have teamed up with outdoor brands and experts such as Mountain Equipment, Gore-Tex and Plas Y Brenin to create the Cotswold Outdoor Winter Mountaineering course for our staff. The five day course is a combination of three intensive training days together with evening lectures and knowledge workshops which have been designed to provide our staff with the skills and expertise needed to tackle demanding terrain in winter climates using some of the best gear around and training from some of the best mountaineering instructors in the industry.

This training in not only invaluable to our staff, but also to our customers. Everything our team learn, directly contributes to the quality expert advice and services you receive in store.

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"We're not in Milton Keynes now Toto!"

Sarah Winnard

Blog: "Day One of Course One of the 2012 inaugural Cotswold Winter Skills Course at Plas y Brenin's Scottish base, Alltshellach near Glencoe. Today saw 25 members of staff summit Stob Dubh on the Buachaille Etive Beag in perfect Scottish winter weather for testing gear - rain, snow and plenty of wind..." Read more

"Three days of winter fun and games"

Rob Harrison

Blog: "The outcome of another of Cotswold's fantastic training courses, the highly anticipated and eagerly awaited Winter Skills course in Glencoe. Three days of winter fun and games, kit testing and practicing winter skills. On this occasion thanks are due to the boys and girls at Mountain Equipment..." Read More

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The outdoors is a lifestyle...

Our staff are passionate about the outdoors, living what they love most each and every day in and out of the store. A lot of our staff regularly take part in mountaineering along with other outdoor sports and they love to share their passion, and expert knowledge they have built up along the way, with you.

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