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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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At James Orpwood Mountaineering, we are now welcoming clients back to the Scottish mountains.

We have acquired the “We’re Good To Go” Industry Standard mark. This means we will be following Government and other guidelines related to Coronavirus, we have a Risk Assessment in place, and we will be implementing a range of practical measures. Also, to reflect the changeable nature of the current situation, we want to assure you that you can book with confidence, knowing that your payment will be secure if circumstances change. Please see our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) information page for further details.

Small groups and private bookings - all guided hill walking and courses are available to run for your bespoke group on dates to suit you. A limited number of open events are also scheduled.

We look forward to welcoming you.

James Orpwood

18th July 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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