Adventure Skills Courses

Adventure Skills Courses

Skills for the Outdoors; Skills for Life

I offer a variety of short courses in essential outdoor skills. I love to focus on teaching a solid foundation of fundamentals, such as campcraft, navigation, hillcraft and expedition skills. These skill sets not only set you up to feel confident exploring and enjoying the great outdoors, but also encourage a deep sense of self reliance and problem solving you can use in many other aspects of life.

Upcoming Courses


See below for our schedule of adventure skills courses.

For other events including guided adventures, photography workshops and more, see our full programme of events here.

Location

We are based in the Aviemore area in the Cairngorms National Park. This area gives us a huge variety of landscapes and habitat to utilise in our learning from the high plateau of the Cairngorm mountains to the depths of the Caledonian Forest.

Private/Bespoke Instruction

If you are interested in arranging a private skills course for yourself as an individual or as part of a larger group please contact me here:

Top Adventurer Feedback

“There can be no better guide than David Russell. Hope he is well. Great future ahead for him.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Richard Gaston – Tailor Made Adventure, guiding for Wilderness Scotland


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