Scottish Winters

Most winters I offer a full range of guiding based in the Aviemore and Fort William areas of Scotland, covering all levels from total beginner to advanced climber, and using all the main winter climbing areas - the Cairngorms, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, and the Northern Highlands. 

Descending red burn on ben nevis

Descending red burn on ben nevis

Many people opt for a course rather than guiding, because they believe that courses are always cheaper. However, if there are two or more people in your group, guiding may actually cost less than booking a place on a course. In addition, the advantages of booking your own Guide for yourself or your small group are huge. You have lots of input into the content of your days out and the routes undertaken. If you have a particular ambition, you can discuss the possibilities with me. You make a booking for the dates you want, and the size of your group will determine the kind of challenges you can undertake. 

Ratios and Routes 

1:1 and 1:2: limited only by your own ability and aspirations
1:3: allows climbing at Grade II-III, eg Curved Ridge (Glen Coe), Dorsal Arete (Glen Coe)

1:4: allows up to Grade II, eg Aonach Eigach ridge (Glen Coe), Ledge Route (Ben Nevis), Central Buttress (Lochnagar), Liathach Ridge (Torridon). 
1:5 and 1:6: limited to scrambling, walking, and basic skills training. 

Dates

Dates for all our courses and guiding are listed on the calendar

Fees

Charges per instructor per day or half day:
1:1 - £220 per full day
1:2 - £240 per full day
1:3 - £260 per full day
1:4 - £280 per full day
1:5 - £300 per full day
1:6 - £320 per full day

Useful Blog Posts

Ben Nevis, 29th December 2014
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?
Do You Recognise The 10 Early Warning Signs Of Hypothermia?
7 Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new

Preparation

The fitter you are, the more you will get out of your time with us, as all winter mountaineering requires physical effort. Swimming, cycling, and hill-walking are all good preparation. The following books would be useful reading: Scotland's Winter Mountains by Martin Moran; Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff; Cold Climbs by Alcock & Barry. 

Northern Corries, Cairngorm

Northern Corries, Cairngorm

Travel & Accommodation 

Info and ideas can be downloaded here:
Scottish Winters accommodation & travel

Equipment List 

We provide all the specialist equipment for each activity. Each participant must come to the activity with the correct clothing. Download a detailed kit list here:
Winter Walking & Climbing kit list

If you’re in Ambleside and need to buy any kit, try The Climbers Shop in Compston Road, where you’ll get a 10% discount if you mention that you are my client. You can also shop online at The Climbers Shop

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