Jan, Feb, Mar
First, I will check your your climbing kits and do a essential skill revision. Then we’ll climb a grade III/IV mixed route.
I’ll focus on your ice axe technique as we climb a grade IV ice or mixed route. Torquing and hooking on mixed terrain, efficient movement on steeper ice, as well as placing ice screws one-handed.
I’ll be teaching safe retreat from winter climbs. If we did a mixed route the day before, today will do an ice route or vice versa.
You’ll be able to choose between a coached leading on grade III or seconding grade IV/V.
We’ll consolidate the leading skills from previous day or a harder seconding route such as Ben Nevis ice climb.
Level: Previous winter climbing experience, ideally to Grade III.
-Socks. A medium to thick pair of synthetic or wool/synthetic blend socks.
-Thermal/Base Layers. A couple of thermal layers are useful, along with thermal leggings.
-Fleeces. At least one fleece layer for your upper body. Having an extra fleece top or synthetic layer in a waterproof liner at the bottom of your rucksack is essential.
-Warm Hat & Waterproof Gloves
-Waterproof jacket and over trousers ( Outer shell clothing) -The trousers should have at least a knee length zip enabling them to be fitted over boots/crampons.
-Rucsac. A medium volume sac (35-50 litres) is best for winter climbing, with ice axe carrying loops.
-Gaiters or Stop-tous
-First Aid kit
-Lunch & Spare Food
-Boots. For climbing courses, stiff, crampon compatible boots are required. They should have a stiffness rating of B2 minimum and ideally B3.
-Crampons. They should have 12 or 14 points and be compatible with your boots.
-Ice Axe -For winter climbing, two technical climbing axes (40-50cm) are required.
-Helmet. Please bring one along if you can. We have DMM helmets available.
-Harness. Make sure it can be put on over boots and crampons.
-Belay device, two HMS Carabiners and one 120cm sling. We can provide you with these if you don’t have your own.
I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.
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