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Ron Rutland and Hilary Mills

About Summitreks

Summitreks is an Outdoor retailer and Adventure Activities business.  Ron Rutland and Hilary Mills opened their Summitreks store in Coniston in 1987. They also run a very successful outdoor activities business Summitreks Activities Services. Ron and Hilary have always been keen walkers, climbers and skiers. This love of the outdoors has taken them all over the world with Ron making several expedition to climb Everest, Shishapangma in south central Tibet and Manaslu.


Langdale Pikes 13th February 2018

10th February 2018, Yewtree Tarn, near Coniston


Summitreks Winter Skills, Coniston Fells, Thursday 1st February 2018


28th December 2017

Out on a private guided Winter skills session on Helvellyn with Ron Rutland

2018 Winter Courses- Lake District, Cumbria

Winter Skills for the Hills Courses.

Ron Rutland is an MIC holder, the highest instruction award available in the UK. He has operated courses of this type for over 30 years, with numerous alpine and Himalayan expeditions completed including Everest, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Shishapangma you will be guaranteed a first class safe experience.

Self arrest practice on steep ground

WINTER SKILLS FOR THE HILLS - NON RESIDENTIAL - 2 Days - £250.00 per person Included is two days (weekend) instruction and the hire of ice axes, crampons and helmets.For adults only, if your hill walking experience has been mainly in summer conditions then this course provides the ideal introduction to winter hill walking. It provides you with the key skills you will need. Hill walking in winter is an enjoyable and rewarding activity but it does require special skills to enjoy the hills in safety. You will learn how to use ice axe and crampons, including self arrest practice on steep ground, navigate in winter conditions and deal with survival situations. Plus you get expert advice on winter gear.The meeting point will depend on conditions but will be in the Ambleside area to give access to Helvellyn where usually the best snow conditions are.
Weekend dates
2018 Dates available for Winter Courses 3rd - 4th February, 10th-11th February, 17th-18th February, 24th - 25th February , 3rd-4th March Weekend dates in February/March available to book online. Click here for how to book or book by telephone 00 44 (0)15394 41212 Midweek dates available to book throughout the Winter. Please book these dates by telephone 0044 (0)15394 41212 WINTER PRIVATE GUIDED SESSIONS - One Day Course £200 (Up to three people). It is possible to have private guided sessions on a daily/two day basis. It includes instruction and use of ice axe and crampons. The sessions would be held anywhere in the Lakes depending on where the best snow conditions are. To discuss your requirements and book a day/days of your choice telephone 00 44 (0)15394 41212 or email We will be starting our Winter courses soon and you can book online now, so do not miss out the snow is on it's way!

Private Guided day out with Ron Rutland On Helvellyn 2016

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