Essential Information for Scotland
Where do the courses take place?
Our winter mountaineering and climbing courses are based either in Fort William or in Aviemore. From these valley bases we can use all the main Scottish winter climbing areas - the Cairngorms, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, and the Northern Highlands. Our Cuillins of Skye courses are based at either Sligachan, Carbost or Glenbrittle depending on your course programme. We choose a venue for each day depending on the aims of the day and the weather forecast. You will need to arrange your own accommodation, and info sheets can be downloaded here:
Scottish winters accommodation & travel
The Cuillins of Skye accommodation & travel
What about transport?
You will need to make your own way to your accommodation base. We will either arrange to meet you at the venue for the day, or we'll pick you up from your accommodation if this is convenient for you and for us.
What do I need to bring?
We provide all the specialist equipment for each activity. Each participant must come to the course with the correct clothing - detailed downloadable equipment lists are available here:
The Cuillins of Skye kit list
Winter Mountaineering & Climbing in the UK kit list
Useful blog posts about equipment:
Crampon Review and Comparison
Top Tips For Choosing An Ice Axe
What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?
Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new
How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #1: Waterproofs
How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #2: Boots
How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #3: Walking In The Rain
How To Kit Yourself Out For Winter In The Mountains
The fitter you are, the more you will get out of your time with us, as all winter mountaineering requires physical effort. The following books would be useful reading:
Scotland's Winter Mountains by Martin Moran
Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff
Cold Climbs by Alcock & Barry
Useful Blog Posts
Ben Nevis, 29th December 2014
Do You Recognise The 10 Early Warning Signs Of Hypothermia?
Why Do Hill Walkers and Mountaineers Need Movement Coaching?
Why do some mountaineers end the day with energy to spare?
7 Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
7 More Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
How to Navigate Like a Pro
7 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Time In The Mountains
7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable In 2018 (And How We Did In 2017)
Top Tips For A Safe Fun Winter Season