The Scottish mountains offer some world class mountaineering routes- the ground between winter walking and winter climbing.
These routes are perfect for winter walkers wanting to take their next steps towards tackling harder ridges or moving onto steeper ground such as gullies
We offer Winter Mountaineering courses throughout the winter season. This can be guiding or instruction (or a mixture of both) on single or multiple day courses depending on your aims and aspirations.
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 using the ‘Be Avalanche Aware‘ Process. This includes weather forecast and avalanche forecast interpretation and how to plan a day out Winter Mountaineering.
- Climbing technique and movement on mixed terrain, snow and ice
- Rock anchor selection and use of a rope to safeguard a section of climbing
- Snow anchors (usually on gully climbs)
- Winter navigation
The Lochaber area has many fantastic mountaineering routes to put these skills into practice which can include:
- Ledge Route, Ben Nevis
- School House Ridge
- Sron na Lairig
- East Ridge of Beinn a’ Chaorainn
- No. 4 Gully, Ben Nevis
- NC Gully
Is this for me?
You should have some experience of winter hill walking and use of ice axe and crampons though we can refresh this during the course. Some summer experience of scrambling is useful but not essential.
Winter days can be demanding so a good level of hill fitness is advised.
Ratios- up to 1:2
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- Qualified and Experienced Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI)
- Hire of ice axe, crampons, helmet, harness
- Action photos of your course
What’s not included
- Boot hire
- Personal Kit
- Gondola Ticket if using Aonach Mor as a venue
- Cancellation/Personal Injury Insurance