Scotland's winter mountains are a unique environment in which to have an adventure. By definition an adventure has an uncertainty of outcome. The variability of the weather and snow conditions are the essential ingredients for some totally unforgettable days out in the Scottish hills. Please check out our photo gallery of previous winter adventures in Scotland. This course is designed to give you a solid foundation in the essential skills to be safe in the wide variety of conditions you will typically experience.
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Winter mountaineering takes place in every corner of the Scottish hills. We suggest basing this course around Fort William & Glencoe on the West Coast. This gives us access to Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and Glencoe which plenty of world class and reliable winter climbs. We also run courses in the Cairngorms and Torridon.
On occasions the Lake District can offer great winter mountaineering. Watch the weather and please feel free to get in contact at the last minute to take full advantage of the conditions when they arrive. Please have a look at our photo gallery.
This course is ideal for regular summer hill walkers. You don't need any previous experience in winter conditions. Rock climbing experience is useful but not essential. Winter mountaineering is a physically demanding activity and you should ensure you are reasonably hill fit prior to attending this course.
We can happily run this course on any dates from the 1st January 2017 through to early April. Courses are usually between two and five days in length.
£220 per day plus £20 per additional person up to a maximum ratio of 1:3
We may use some form of uplift at Scotland's Ski areas to save our legs and maximise our time climbing. These incur a small additional cost. (Aonach Mor Gondala £11.00, Glencoe Chairlift £10.00). Additionally in the event of bad weather or an unacceptably high avalanche risk we have the option of using the ice wall and other facilities at the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven (approx £20.00).
We will provide the ropes, climbing rack and any other specialized equipment. You will require the following equipment and clothing. Please have a look at our article on the perfect Scottish Winter Kit List.
If you have any queries regarding equipment then please contact us for advice and recommendations. We have a small pool of equipment available for use including maps, compasses, waterproof jackets, rucksacks, climbing helmets, belay plates, karabiners, ice axes, crampons, ice tools and snow shovels. There is no additional charge for the loan of this equipment. Please contact us to check availability.
Please also look at our Booking Conditions