Winter Climbing in Scotland

climbing the final pitch of hidden chimney on mess of pottage, coire an t-sneachda

Please check out the Essential Info for Scotland page for info on equipment, locations, accommodation, transport, preparation and useful blog posts.

We offer a two-day Intro to Winter Climbing course and a five-day Winter Climbing course.

Is this the course for me?

Summer mountaineering experience is essential for both courses. In addition, rock climbing experience is useful, as is some winter mountaineering experience. 

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?

The two-day Intro to Winter Climbing course covers the following areas:

  • Recap of core winter skills in ascent and descent

  • Rope work and anchor selection

  • Use of technical ice tools and crampons on a variety of ground - rock, ice, snow, turf

  • Abseiling off winter climbs from a variety of anchors.

  • Snow pack evaluation, avalanche awareness and risk assessment

  • Route planning and winter navigation

Possible routes might include Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mhor, SC Gulley on Stobh Coire nan Lochan, and Green Gulley on Ben Nevis

The five-day Winter Climbing Course covers all the above, but also gives time for developing and consolidating the skills learnt and gives opportunities to plan and carry out winter climbing days. 

What's the maximum ratio?

Two-day Intro to Winter Climbing: 1:4
Five-day Winter Climbing: 1:2
PLEASE NOTE: we need two bookings for these courses to run.

What dates are available?

No courses currently scheduled - please contact us if you are interested.

How much does it cost?

Two-day Intro to Winter Climbing: £265
Five-day Winter Climbing: £615
These fees are non-residential. You will need to arrange your own accommodation - check out the Essential Info for Scotland page for ideas.

Useful blog posts

Top Tips For A Safe Fun Winter Season
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?
How to Navigate Like a Pro
7 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Time In The Mountains
Top Tips For Successful Snow-Holing
7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable In 2018 (And How We Did In 2017)
Managing Risk in the Mountains #1: The Three Variables
Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

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