Winter climbing in Scotland has a long and proud history of adventure. This course is designed to give you a solid foundation in the essential skills to be safe while accepting the challenge and uncertainty of climbing in this environment.
Please have a look at our photo gallery of Scottish Winter Climbing.
Throughout the course we will look at the following topics.
Routes climbed may include
Winter climbing 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 from Aviemore which offers a number of more accessible climbs and in Torridon
On occasions the Lake District can offer great winter climbing. 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 designed for those with a good grasp of using crampons & ice axe who wish to climb on grade II-V terrain. Some rock climbing experience is also very useful. Winter climbing 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 1:2
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.