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Icicle open evenings in our Windermere office in the Lake District
Our shop and office is based in Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. It is a brilliant resource in which we organise all the course logistics, and at which we host organised meetings with trip advisers, and also a growing series of open evenings with presentations and Q&A sessions with our key team.
Alpine summits - Mont Blanc / Eiger / Matterhorn / 4000m

This is an event extra to the UK Mountain Training weekend course, that is free and open to all those who are booked on one of our Alpine peak focused courses. The event runs from 18:00 to 19:30 at our Windermere office and shop. You do not need to be attending the weekend course to attend the open evening, but you do need to e-mail to reserve space(s) and confirm availability.

Dates: 1) 14 January 2023, or 2) 6 May 2023

We find that many people elect to attend the full weekend, as it is designed to specifically build and test your hill fitness, and to develop your movement over broken mountain terrain, so it is ideal training for Alpine summits anyway. Why wouldn't you do everything to stack the odds of summit success in your favour? For more details about our key Alpine summit trips; Mont Blanc,
Eiger, Matterhorn.
Exhibitions and trade show lectures
Instead of making faceless decisions we encourage you to meet us in person to chat through your aspirations to ensure you are selecting the right level of course or expedition, at the best time of year. Most years we have a stand at each of the largest outdoor shows, and we give talks in the main lecture theatres.

Photo: Icicle staff on the stand at the London Ski Show
Adventure Travel Show, Olympia, January
This is the showcase event for adventure travel, and we regularly give talks in the main theatre. LECTURE: this year Sarah talked about climbing and trekking at high altitude, as we are really experienced in operating at extreme altitude. The focus of the talks was on how to prevent AMS, HACE, & HAPE, the three key stages of accute mountain sickness. The talk was based around the popular peaks of Mont Blanc, Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro.
Manchester & Birmingham Ski Shows, Oct / Nov
These two northern ski shows have inside ski jumping and presentations, so there is lots to see and do. Also these shows have a lot of retailers, for those looking for a deal. LECTURE: the talk that we gave at each of these shows was about ski touring the infamous Haute Route, that stretches from Chamonix to Zermatt over six days.
The Outdoors Show, NEC Birmingham, March
By far the largest outdoors show in the country, this is the key show for all those looking at climbing, trekking, or ski mountaineering courses each year. LECTURE: this year, Kingsley from our guiding team is talking about climbing the three Alpine Giants; Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger. The focus is on preparing for these climbs, and the level of previous experience required for each of these mountains.
London Ski & Snowboard Show, Olympia, October
This event is the biggest ski show in the country each year, and it spans five days from Wednesday to Sunday. LECTURE: at our stand we gave regular scheduled lectures about glacier skiing and crevasse rescue, with specific reference to avalanche awareness. These talks were really well attended, and were aimed at off piste skiers.
Destinations Travel Show, Earls Court, February
The Destinations Travel Show is the largest holiday show in Earls Court each year, and it sees exhibitors from all over the world. LECTURE: at our stand we gave audiovisual presentations about climbing Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. Each talk was given on every day of the show, and lasted about 30 minutes.
Another way to meet us is to come up to our Windermere office for a chat, or join one of our UK Training Weekends (click here to link), which are led by one of our key instructors. If all else fails, pick up the phone and give us a call or send us an e-mail, and we will do our best to help you.
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A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.

Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor.

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