Scottish Winter Climbing is world renowned for it’s challenges and rewards. We offer tailor made Winter Climbing Courses throughout the season. Our aim is to match your aspirations with the weather, snow and avalanche conditions and the climbing conditions to give you the best possible time out in the mountains.
Scottish Winter Climbing is well known for it’s quality! Adverse weather, avalanche hazard and changeable climbing conditions means making good decisions is a key part in the process to learning how to become a Winter Climber. Getting some professional instruction can help you progress more quickly and more safely towards becoming a fully independent Winter Climber.
Our Winter climbing courses aim to work out where you are on your climbing journey and move you forward whilst climbing some of the excellent routes we have in the Ben Nevis and Glencoe areas. We offer tailor made courses with the length and the content based around you rather than an ‘off the shelf’ course.
Depending on the length of your course and your aims, we’ll tailor things to suit you but there are certain core areas we’ll aim to cover on most courses which include:
- Avalanche Awareness and planning using the ‘Be Avalanche Aware‘ Process. This includes weather forecast and avalanche forecast interpretation and how to plan a day out Winter Climbing.
- Climbing technique and movement on mixed terrain, snow and ice
- Gear placement, belay building and stance management on winter climbs
- Winter navigation
- Climbing on Routes Grade I-III/IV
Going climbing with a fixed plan has been the undoing of many teams and producing a plan based on the weather and avalanche conditions, the aims and skills of the team and the terrain where we’re going allows us to choose the best climb given the prevailing conditions. During your days with us, we’ll work through this process together, giving you a clear idea of what to do when you head off on you own!
Possible routes we may climb are:
- Western Rib (Aonach Mor)
- No. 3 Gully Buttress, Ben Nevis
- East Ridge, North Top Stob Ban
- Dorsal Arete
- Twisting Gully
- and many more…
Is this for me?
You should have some good experience of winter hill walking and be happy using ice axe and crampons on steep snow slopes. Some previous experience of summer rock climbing or some winter mountaineering on grade I+ routes would be beneficial
Winter days can be demanding so a good level of hill fitness is advised and you should be happy carrying your personal climbing kit and a rope during the walk in and walk out.
Ratios- up to 1:2
|No. of People||Winter Climbing Course per day|
- Qualified and Experienced Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI)
- Hire of technical axes, crampons, Harnesses, helmets and other climbing hardware
- Action photos of your climb!
What’s not included
- Winter Boot hire (can be arranged)
- Gondola ticket if climbing on Aonach Mor
- Personal clothing
- Cancellation/Personal injury insurance