Winter Mountaineering in the Lake District

Clients walking in the winter mountains in the Lake District - 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 summer hill or mountain walking, and you're keen to have a go in the winter with crampons and ice axe. If you're looking for something a bit more advanced, check out the Winter Climbing in the Lake District page.

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

What's the maximum ratio?


Useful blog posts

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7 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Time In The Mountains
Top Tips For Choosing An Ice Axe
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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
5 Reasons Why You Should Learn To Navigate Using Contours
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