Winter Climbing in the Lake District

Climbing in the Lake District mountains in winter - Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide

Please check out the Essential Info for the Lake District page for info on dates, equipment, locations, accommodation, transport, and costs.

Is this the course for me?

You've done some walking in summer, plus some rock climbing and/or winter walking.

What level of fitness do I need?

Fitness level 2: you exercise regularly through the week – running, walking, cycling or playing sports. You can sustain a raised heart rate for a 45 minute run or a 2 hour bike ride. You can walk in the mountains or climb all day, but feel tired at the end.

What does the course cover?

  • How to look after yourself in winter

  • Clothing - what to wear and what not to wear

  • Navigation

  • Movement coaching in boots and crampons on snow, ice and rock

  • Using an ice axe in ascent and descent

  • Snow pack evaluation

  • Technical mixed snow & rock climbing with two axes

  • Technical ice climbing with two axes

  • Technical climbing from grade II to grade VI

What's the maximum ratio?


Useful blog posts

Great End, 4th February 2015
Shelter Crag, Bowfell, 6th February 2015
Viking Buttress, Helvellyn
Top Tips For A Safe Fun Winter Season
Crampon Review and Comparison
Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new
Do You Recognise The 10 Early Warning Signs Of Hypothermia?
Why do some mountaineers end the day with energy to spare?
What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?
How to Navigate Like a Pro
7 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Time In The Mountains
How To Be A Safer Climber With A Pre-Climb Checklist
Top Tips For Choosing An Ice Axe
7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable In 2018 (And How We Did In 2017)
Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets
Who Needs A Mountain Mentor?

What do our clients say about us?

I have been guided by Chris Ensoll on many trips over the last 15 years and he is a fantastic Guide. Firstly, he is a great mountaineer, but more  importantly he is always a great Guide; enthusiastic, patient, sensitive, helpful and flexible with your personal experience and achievements at heart. There is always an exciting sense of 'can do', no matter the personal or other challenge (including the recent winter conditions in the Lakes during my April 'rock climbing' trip). Chris purposely stretches you to whatever limit you think you need (!) whilst always remaining entirely within his. This has made every one of our trips a fabulous personal and family experience - thank you. I would recommend him to anybody of every skill level and ability. With Chris the challenge easily becomes not, "Can I get up?" but, "When should I stop going up?"
Matt Coleman