Winter Walking Guide

The Scottish Mountains in Winter can offer truly memorable experiences. Let us guide you on some of these brilliant snowy peaks- from Classic Mountain Days to Munro Bagging.

We provide on demand guided Winter walking throughout the Winter season. Whether you’re after a winter experience or there are certain Munros that you’ve done in Summer that you want to tackle in Winter conditions, or perhaps a tricky winter hill you’d rather have a professional along for, then this could be for you.

Your experienced Mountain Professional will recap any relevant Winter Skills as well as looking after any tricky navigation required on the mountain.

Popular routes:

  • Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis
  • Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe,
  • Bidean nam Bian, Glencoe
  • The Ring of Steall, Mamores
  • Buachaille Etive Beag

As much as we’d love to always deliver plan ‘A’, the mountains will always be in charge and the prevailing weather and snow conditions, as well as how well the team is operating will dictate the details as to which routes work best. Rest assured though that whatever the weather throws at us, we’ll work hard to give you the best and most productive day possible in the Winter mountains.

Is this for me?

You should have some experience of summer hill walking.

The Winter environment can be quite demanding so a good level of fitness is recommended.

Ratios- up to a maximum of 1:6. Routes like the CMD Arete or Ring of Steall maximum 1:4

Larger groups please contact us for prices

No. of PeopleGuided Winter Walking per day
Kit List
  • Technical Kit
    • Winter walking boots – Need to be at least B1 rated and be able to take a C1 crampon. E.g. Scarpa Manta Pro (B2), Scarpa SL Active (B1) (Hire can be arranged via Scottish Mountain Hire or Ellis Brigham.
    • Crampons- C1 or C2 crampons e.g. Grivel G10 or G12’s (Hire included)
    • Ice-Axe- General Walking or Mountaineering Axe- 55cm length ideal (Hire included)
  • Clothing
    • Thick walking socks
    • Wicking baselayer/thermal -This keeps moisture away from your skin and reduces how cold you feel as a result. Synthetic or Merino Wool are effective- Cotton is NOT suitable.
    • Warm Trekking trousers or Thermals- to be worn underneath waterproofs.
    • Insulated mid layer- to be worn underneath waterproofs but on top of thermal/ baselayer for example a warm fleece or Primaloft top.
    • Waterproof jacket – e.g. GoreTex, E-Vent, Paramo, Hyvent, etc
    • Waterproof Over-trousers- e.g. GoreTex, E-Vent, Paramo, Hyvent, etc
    • Warm hat plus + 1 spare
    • Waterproof gloves + at least 1 spare pair of gloves
    • Spare warm layer- e.g. Warm fleece or Synthetic/Primaloft Jacket
  • Other Kit
    • Rucksack – 40-45 litre recommended
    • Rucksack liner/Drybags- Most rucksacks aren’t waterproof so either a large poly-bag liner or several smaller dry-bag type bags recommended.
    • Food and water – around 2 litres of water and plenty of snacks and high energy foods to get you through the day. A small flask can be a nice moral boost!
    • Survival bag- Several types available to suit most budgets- Blizzard Blankets are amazing!
    • Sun screen, sun glasses (weather dependent!) – mountain sun can be fierce.
    • Ski/ Snow goggles very useful when walking into the wind and spindrift.
    • Gaiters- stops snow from getting into your boots.
    • Head Torch + spare batteries or another spare torch
    • Personal medicines
    • Whistle
    • Trekking poles (Optional) – can take 3 tonnes of loading off of your knees over the course of a day and also good in deep snow
What’s Included/ Not Included

What’s Included

  • Qualified and Highly Experienced Winter Mountain Leader
  • Hire of Ice axe and Crampons
  • Action photos of your trip!

What’s not included

  • Personal Clothing
  • Boot hire (can be arranged)
  • Travel/Accommodation/Meals
  • Travel/Cancellation/Personal Injury Insurance
Meeting Times/ Locations

These will be determined by the weather and avalanche conditions, the chosen route and the participant’s experience level. Be prepared to start between 0700-0800hrs. Exact details will be discussed prior to each day.

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